But Still They Blog: Brief Excerpts

When did liblogs begin?

Year Blogs Percentage
1998 1 0.2%
1999 1 0.2%
2001 6 1.2%
2002 20 3.8%
2003 58 11.1%
2004 71 13.6%
2005 127 24.4%
2006 123 23.6%
2007 103 19.8%
2008 11 2.1%

Table 1.1: Blogs by year of origin

Comparing this table to the same table for last year’s larger set of blogs, I note that two of three blogs from 1998 are gone, as are one of two from 1999 and the only one from 2000. Other than that, the pattern is similar—with, again, the peak for new liblogs being in 2005, declining slightly in 2006 and somewhat more in 2007. There’s a huge decline in 2008, down almost 90%. That may mean that few new blogs gain readership, that bloggers aren’t bothering to add their blogs to LISWiki—or that there are simply a lot fewer new liblogs.

Founding year for liblogs

Figure 1.1: Liblogs by year of origin

…and here are two more liblog profiles, this time from pages 13-14

ResearchBuzz

“News about search engines, databases, and other information collections.” By Tara Calishain. Began August 1998.

Metrics 2007 2008 2009 C08-09 C07-09
Posts 58 50 48 -4% -17%
Quintile 2 1 1 2 2
Words per post 259 186 379 104% 46%
Quintile 3 4 2 1 2

What it says in the tagline—and, if you can get past the daily tweet summaries in recent days, the blog includes some fascinating essays.

librarian.net

“putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999” By Jessamyn West. Began April 1999.

Metrics 2007 2008 2009 C08-09 C07-09
Posts 68 34 51 50% -25%
Quintile 1 2 1 1 2
Words per post 308 286 185 -35% -40%
Quintile 2 3 4 5 5
Comments per post 5.9 3.6 4.0 13% -32%
Quintile 1 1 1 3 4

If not the oldest liblog, this is certainly close—and West (OK, Jessamyn) continues to write a wide range of interesting commentaries on the field.

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3 Responses to “But Still They Blog: Brief Excerpts”

  1. Iris Says:

    Ah, I see I fell into my usual place, just on the falling edge of the curve. This is the story of my life: “Oh look at all those cool people doing that cool thing!” –> Iris starts doing the cool thing –> people are pretty much done with the cool thing.

  2. walt Says:

    Or you could look at it this way: Iris sees that the cool thing has turned into a useful thing. Those more interested in the coolness of it (the Oh, Shiny Brigade) walk away. Those who still find it useful keep doing it.

  3. Iris Says:

    I like your version better!

    Of course, that means I should probably blog more often these days. Ahem.


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