This post was written for 23 Things for Professional Development, Thing 2: Investigate some other blogs
For thing 2 I’ve been having a look at other cpd23 blogs, and there are LOTS. I already use Google Reader to follow blogs, and I wanted to add some cpd23 blogs to that. I want to hear views from as wide a range of people as possible and with only one or two posts on most people’s blogs it was really hard to choose who to follow. How can I know at this stage who I will find interesting? In the end I picked about 30 blogs almost at random. I don’t want to miss anything, but I didn’t want to follow everyone as I think I would just be swamped – I’m hoping that any amazing blog posts will be brought to my attention via twitter. Though if you think I should be following your blog comment on here and try to persuade me!
On a side note, some blogs I already follow which I really enjoy are the Undergraduate Science Librarian, Laura’s Dark Archive, Dymvue, Organising Chaos and Clare’s Aber Antics (this list is by no means exhaustive).
I’ve also been having a go at commenting on other people’s blogs. This is something I’ve done very little of before, mainly because it feels a bit intrusive. But if someone’s written a blog post they must want people to read it and any feedback is useful. Even just knowing someone has read it and doesn’t think it is entirely pointless is encouraging. Once I started commenting it became easier and this is something I’ll definitely try to keep up.