When I started this blog, I had a couple of main goals. I wanted to see how blogging has impacted society in general and libraries in particular, and I wanted to better understand how blogs can foster accessibility in libraries. In my research, I found the answers to these queries and many more.
I found out that blogs have a long, proud history of being voices for the voiceless and helping people cope with situations far away physically but close to home emotionally. I found out that blogs definitely have a place in information centers today, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out where that place is. And I found out that blogs are only helpful if people know about them and are able to use them, that blogs sometimes add to the problem of information inaccessibility.
When doing research, I find it important to identify the biggest advocates for my topic, and I eventually came across Andrew Sullivan, whose blog, The Dish, is one of the leading political blogs today. From his seminal work, Why I Blog (Sullivan, 2008), I learned the best blogging lesson of all. I hope you enjoy his message, as I hope you've enjoyed Ars Blogetica.
In fact, for all the intense gloom surrounding the news-paper and magazine business, this is actually a golden era for journalism. The blogosphere has added a whole new idiom to the act of writing and has introduced an entirely new generation to nonfiction. It has enabled writers to write out loud in ways never seen or understood before. And yet it has exposed a hunger and need for traditional writing that, in the age of television’s dominance, had seemed on the wane.
Words, of all sorts, have never seemed so now.(Sullivan, 2008)
Sullivan, A. (2008). Why I blog. The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/why-i-blog/307060/