My MySpace blog was a very personal space for me. It was the criteria against which I made friend decisions - did I want this person to read my blog? If the answer was no, I wouldn't accept the friend request. I regarded that blog as a cross between a journal and a conversation with friends. It was nice to write for a select audience. But as Facebook took over, my friends all left MySpace. And I had no one to blog for. I'd always used my Facebook account for more of a professional network, so even if it had a better blogging interface, I wouldn't feel comfortable using it for that purpose.
As I've been archiving these posts, and as I'm writing this one, I've realized that what I enjoyed about MySpace was that there was no expectation for deep thoughts, excellent writing, or insights into librarianship/technology/politics or whatever. I just posted 5 minute thoughts, music videos, cat pictures, and quizzes. And I had a lot of fun doing that. I think that one of the things I've always struggled with about this blog was the sense that I should have something intelligent or profound to say, along with the knowledge that really, the other bloggers all do it better. I started this blog while I was still in library school and with the vague thought that I should create something professional, something that might get me into the biblioblogosphere and maybe help my career. I guess I never really wanted that, though, and I've never put forth the effort that would require. I don't have the focus to write consistently about librarianship, or any one topic. What I really want, I've realized, is to post about silly things - with the occasional rant thrown in when I feel like it. This isn't a professional blog, it's a personal one.
How ridiculous that it's taken me 7 years to come to that realization!
So, if you're reading, expect to see a change in the ol' place. I'll be blogging more for me and less for an audience - if you don't like it, feel free to move along.
And here's a cat picture on a gloomy Monday.