The process for selecting an appropriate blog website and the accompanying bells and whistles to truly “sell” the blog has been an experience that is not well-suited for this straightforward-least-creative-person-on-the-face-of-the-planet (so I may be exaggerating here). In order to make the first decision about which blog software I should use, I Googled the difference between WordPress and Blogger. While Blogger seemed far more user-friendly, WordPress appeared to be the more lasting and blogger-owned of the two. I decided to opt for WordPress and thus began what is my first foray into the land of blogging.
I loved how much of the blog can be created by the user in WordPress. There were so many options that a truly creative person could get lost in the variety of ways to make something unique to him or her. Not only that, but the data available for the blogger to make marketing decisions was also extensive. However, because there were so many options, and because the data stream appeared first on the page, it was a bit overwhelming to a first-time blogger.
WordPress was fairly simple to navigate, but in the quest to make this blog appear similar to the amazing blogs we read about in Marilyn Johnson’s This Book is Overdue, I stressed out far too much about whether or not my blog was going to “look” like a blogger’s blog. There is still more that needs to be done to make it look like a blog others would want to visit. There are video tutorials available for the beginning blogger, but they are all quite specific and fail to address actual beginner (like me) needs. I was more successful finding assistance on YouTube.
This tool would be a fantastic way to reach students from my library. Not only could the blog be used to promote upcoming “new releases,” as books are purchased, but it could also be used to promote Library Club activities, guest speakers, and other events the library is hosting for both students and the community. I can see how a blog would give the librarian an opportunity to reach out to more students, especially as schools move toward a 1:1 learning environment, inviting students to engage in a dialogue that might not have been previously possible.
Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.
from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket?’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright‘” (Bradbury 63).