The biblioblogosphere: Enabling ego searches

I’m impressed (and pleased, and a little relieved) by the volume and nature of feedback (direct to me, but mostly postings on other blogs) on my curious “investigation” of English-language individual or small-group blogs produced by “library people” (not necessarily librarians, and definitely not official library blogs), which takes up half of the current Cites & Insights.

I’m saving all the feedback, direct and indirect. I’ll probably do a followup/feedback item with various corrections (mostly related to the founding date of blogs–and no, I don’t apologize for using internal evidence) and comments. There’s a pretty good chance I’ll renew the study next year, but predicting what will happen a year from now in my life is an exercise in futility–consider that at the moment 80% of my work life is in an entirely new area using tools I hadn’t even heard of a year ago…

Meanwhile, I’m aware that the vast ego network of the web relies more on blog postings than anything else. I’d guess relatively few library bloggers read Cites & Insights the day it comes out (I’d guess relatively few read it at all, and why should they?).

So, as a service to those who may not even be aware they were discussed, here’s a list of all the blogs that received full metrics and brief discussion, in the order in which they’re discussed:

The Shifted Librarian, Library Stuff, ResearchBuzz, librarian.net, beSpacific, mamamusings, Free Range Librarian, Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology, LibrarianInBlack, Catalogablog

commons-blog, Caveat Lector, TechnoBiblio, Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog, The Aardvark Speaks, Open Stacks, SiteLines – Ideas About Web Searching, blogwithoutalibrary.net, walking paper, scitech library question

LibraryPlanet.com, The Days & Nights of the Lipstick Librarian!, It’s all good, The Invisible Library, The Ten Thousand Year Blog, Library Monk – the blog of Dan Greene, Library Web Chic, Confessions of a Mad Librarian, TangognaT, Walt at Random

oss4lib, eclectic librarian, LibraryLaw Blog, Collecting my Thoughts, Phil Bradley’s Blog, BlogJunction, Librarian Avengers, Beyond the Job, ONLINE Insider, The Information Literacy Land of Confusion

A Wandering Eyre, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog, LibraryCog, Feel-good Librarian, The Pod Bay Door, Information Wants To Be Free, Pop Goes the Library, blogdriverswaltz.com, Librarian’s Rant, LibraryTechtonics

tinylittlelibrarian.blog-city.com, The Distant Librarian, Professional-Lurker: Comments by an academic in cyberspace, dave’s blog, The Laughing Librarian — Library Humor and Stuff, Tales from the “Liberry”, Infomusings Blog, Library clips, Filipino Librarian, LawLibTech

No, I’m not going to make all of those live links. If you have any program that can read Excel, you can get that set of links here, along with all the metrics for the 60 blogs.

5 Responses to “The biblioblogosphere: Enabling ego searches”

  1. Seth Finkelstein Says:

    Hmm … looks like you’ve come up with a great way to get your blog noticed! :-)

  2. walt Says:

    I’m sorry, Seth. Did you say something? I must not have heard: After all, you’re not an A-lister, so you have no voice. (I still don’t use emoticons, even though I left them enabled here, as you can see.)

    Actually, this strange little blog gets noticed a whole lot more than I expected–and I’d rather drive people to Cites & Insights. But, hey…

  3. Seth Finkelstein Says:

    You only think you’re joking :-(.

  4. kg Says:

    “Juste une suggestion pour la prochaine édition, Walt : il n’y a pas que des blogs anglophones…”

    Found at:
    http://www.biblioacid.org/2005/08/le_top_50_de_wa.html

    Netbib, the leading German librarian weblog, is regularly announcing Cites and Insights.

    http://log.netbib.de

    Just my two anti-anglocentric cents.

  5. walt Says:

    KG: Please see this post.

    I apologize for not clarifying that the study was of English-language blogs. That was an editing failure.

    I don’t apologize for restricting the study to English-language blogs. I only read English. To attempt to evaluate blogs when I have no idea of the content strikes me as nearly impossible.

    Next time–if there is a next time–I’ll be much clearer about the limits of the sphere being studied, and (of course) the desirability of some international multilinguistic group doing a broader study.

    Or, if y’all feel that strongly, I can always abandon any possibility of doing another one.


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