But Still They Blog: Two sample profiles

I haven’t tried to promote But Still They Blog after the initial run of posts summarizing each chapter–and that may be a mistake. (So far, it’s sold 17 copies. Pathetic.)

I’m not ready to give up and just run the chapter contents (but not the profiles) in C&I, and don’t plan to do so, although I might offer a few excerpts here or there. This really is a good book, in my not-at-all-humble opinion, well worth the $35 (cheaper as a download), and I think you should buy a copy. (I’m thinking about doing something different but not entirely unrelated this Fall…but it won’t replace BSTB.)

For the moment, here are a couple of blog profiles from the book, indicative of what you’ll find.

The Distant Librarian

By Paul Pival. Began October 2004.

Metrics 2007 2008 2009 C08-09 C07-09
Posts 44 38 53 39% 20%
Quintile 2 2 1 1 1
Words per post 177 190 222 17% 25%
Quintile 4 4 4 4 2
Comments per post 0.9 0.4 0.3 -13% -63%
Quintile 2 4 4 3 4

While many of the posts relate somehow to distance librarianship, Pival views that as broadly as most bloggers view librarianship in general and brings a clear, thoughtful voice to his posts.

School Librarian in Action

By Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga. Began April 2005.

Metrics 2007 2008 2009 C08-09 C07-09
Posts 36 10 53 430% 47%
Quintile 2 4 1 1 1
Words per post 335 243
Quintile 2 3
Comments per post 0.3 0.7 0.5 -25% 111%
Quintile 4 3 3 4 2

An impressive blog from a Filipino school librarian. Unfortunately, the new WordPress template blocks attempts to measure length (and the pages are too crowded to use my alternative trick). This is also another blog with a “Reactions” line that only allows for highly positive reactions—but it’s an interesting and, I think, important blog for all that.

Where and Why

Those two profiles appear on page 57 of the book. Why there? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out…

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