A blog is a story to weave
I blog because I feel the need to share, vent, rejoice, worry, and look for collective wisdom. I have not encouraged a great many to jump into the blogging world, because in all honesty, I highly detest blog-faders, those who begin a blog because it is just the new thing to do–and oh so 2.0 cool to say “I have a blog!”and then soon after abandon it. I caution workshop attendees that it is definitely not for everyone.
If you write it they will come
I have posted before of some of my favorite reads in the blogosphere that are school library focused, and I have to share tonight about one I have recently added to my reader.
I am a blogger, therefore a storyteller
But I do blog. I am a blogger. It feeds a need in me for some odd reason. Yes, often it feels like I am talking to self, saying, “Self, just who are you sharing this with, and who do you think cares?” But I have to say that my readers really do feed that need in me to be heard, especially by those who are like minded. We job-alike people are typically singletons in our buildings, and so the only way we can get relief sometimes is to seek out those like us, usually outside the workday and outside our physical buildings. Blogging feeds my need in this department, and I frequently check for interesting school librarian blogs to add to my reader. I love to think outside the box, laugh at myself, have my thinking challenged, and much, much more. So blogging is for me, personally and professionally.
Meet my friend, a new blogger
So I write tonight to share a blog that is relatively new and really speaks to me. The blog is titled “Books, Bytes, and Grocery Store Feet,” and the title in itself has a unique story that let’s you peek into the soul of this blogger. Shannon Dean Wham, friend and colleague from Clinton, SC has begun his own forum for sharing his thoughts and opinions, and since I discovered it (actually he shared with me after he jumped in, inviting me to read) I feel compelled to invite you to read him too. Look at my invitation:
So, I invite you to read his blog–all of it. He has a gift that I had a feeling about. When he posts on the SCASL list, his passion for his job comes through loud and clear, and he is really an advocate for our profession. Dean makes me laugh, and awakens feelings and emotions I did not know could be touched through reading a blog post. His wit, humor, and unwarranted self-criticisms are honest, refreshing, and at times brutally honest.
DABA: Deserves a Bigger Audience
Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant for a while had readers nominate bloggers who deserve a bigger audience. I even nominated one that won (like Carolyn Foote, high school librarian who is still w/o a library but serving her
school well.) I am not sure Scott is still doing this recognition on his blog, but by golly Shanon Dean Wham certainly deserves a bigger audience. Read him. I promise you will not regret it. And you will leave glad you strayed over there to read. He is magical with his words. A bit wordy like me, but that’s okay. He is worth reading.
What do I think, you ask?
So, Mr. Wham asks me what I think. Shannon Dean my friend, I am more than in awe. Job well done, my friend. Thanks for inviting me. I hope it’s okay if I invite the world.