Those of us participating in this challenge are not necessarily blogging on professional topics. Of those that aren’t – do you feel constrained in anyway not to speak out on professional topics? I am not saying that you should professionally blog- just wondering if perceptions of risk to career colour that choice. Of those that do post on professional topics- have you ever felt it threatened your career? And even when it’s posts about topics of general interest to the larger profession?
This blog began when I went to a course run at work. I wanted to find out about blogging and podcasting since "podcast" was the word of the year and I had no idea what it meant! So this space began as a place for me. I did occasionally post stuff about librarianship but mostly, this blog is a personal one. Where I brag about my crafts, kids and cooking.
When I went on maternity leave, my blog became my connection with a bunch of scrapbookers and as such was a kind of sanity saving community for me. Since I returned to work it has been a struggle for me to maintain the momentum for a variety of reasons. I no longer have as much time to do crafts. The scrapbooking community has moved more to Facebook. Blogs in general seem to be winding down in favour of micro-blogging.
So to answer Sue's question, no I'm not constrained about posting on professional topics on this blog but it isn't a topic that many of my previous readers would want to hear about continually. I've since joined a professional blog The Diligent Room, and that is where I post about professional stuff. Sometimes. Which brings me to my next point.
I don't feel constrained when I post on Diligent Room. When I began there I informed my boss that I'd be doing this and asked him to let me know if there was a problem with this. I don't blog about the sticky stuff - I'm no good at controversial or pot-stirring type posts.
So far, my posts there have been about what we're doing at MPOW because I figure if I like to hear about other libraries activities then other librarians will like to hear about it too. I tend to blog about what I know and what I feel I am qualified to speak on. In fact I struggle with think posts. I do think about things, but I tend to observe and keep my thoughts to myself. I think I'm afraid of being shot down.
For me, Twitter has become a place for interaction with other librarians. For me, Facebook is more about family and friends. Different tools for different communities. At least, that is how it has evolved for me.