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Bare-bones blogging for busy bloggers

January 9, 2008

Today at the DC we were talking about what would happen if the person who is the main blogger at an agency or department leaves. Sean was concerned that a vibrant blog could quickly go stagnant. My answer to this was that you have to delegate parts of your blog to different people so that they could take it over once the person is gone. I also mentioned that I think it’s an extremely risky for only one person in any department or agency to be the only one who knows how to do something.

In my agency, we have a blog that’s been up for about six months or so. The thing is, it’s really not that hard to keep it going!

We have four people in my agency who are contributing to the blog in one way or another.

*One person posts pictures to our Flickr account often because she likes to take pictures of the little ones at programs. She was doing this before we even had the blog. She prints the pictures and gives them the kids or puts them up a bulletin board. And now, she posts them to Flickr, which feeds into our blog.

*Three of us post book reviews regularly. We all know how to fill out the post form, link the books to the catalog, and upload images to put beside our reviews.

*Two of us know how to Twitter. Recently I went on vacation and I asked the other person to please Twitter in Grabill Library’s name once a day or whenever we had a program, while I was gone.

So what this translates into is “The Four Easiest Things to Blog”:

1. Blog a Flickr picture you’ve just uploaded. I have associated our blog with our Flickr account, so once we upload a picture we can click on “Blog this” and write a caption or a few paragraphs quickly. Instant post!

2. Write a book review and link it to the catalog. It could be just a few sentences, it can be your personal thoughts about it, or highly academic. It doesn’t matter as long as it represents the library in a professional manner.

3. Twitter and put a feed into your blog. I always put the day and date at the beginning of the Tweet so people know when I wrote it. Then I write a short description of the day’s program. If there’s no program going on, I say something about the day. “School’s out for snow but the Grabill Library is open for Teen Game Time!”

4. Write some news or post about a favorite website.

Here’s a link to our blog at Grabill. It’s easy! Give it a shot!

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