By Meredith Farkas | November 16, 2005
Today is the anniversary of my blog (Adam laughed at me when I used the word “blogiversary”). Part of me can’t believe it’s already been a year since I first started this blog. The other part of me can’t believe it’s only been a year for all I’ve written and for all that has changed! I started my blog without much of a sense of why I was doing it and found a voice and a passion that I hardly knew existed before I started. I found a passion for writing, for librarianship and for technology.
So much has happened in the past year. It’s been the craziest year of my life.
Me in November 2004
- Library school student
- Living in Florida
- Looking for first professional library job
- Didn’t know anyone who cared about technology in libraries
- Didn’t know what RSS was. Had never seen a wiki other than the Wikipedia. Never used del.icio.us or any other social bookmarking system.
- Had never administered a server or set up blog software in my life
Me in November 2005
- Distance Learning Librarian
- Living in Vermont
- Part of amazing community of blogger librarians
- Constantly learning new things about technology and its applications in libraries. Major user of social software
- Run two wikis for the library community
- Administer library server at work. Set up wiki and blog software on my own (gee, that wasn’t really very difficult!)
- Am a real live professional writer with a book deal!!!
What a rollercoaster! For me, the biggest shock of all is that last point. I have a book deal. I have a book deal. No matter how many times I say it, and even though my wrists hurt from working on it, it doesn’t seem real. I don’t want to go into too many details yet, but I will be writing a book about technology in libraries over the next 8 months. It wasn’t something I’d thought about doing at this point in my career, but the opportunity presented itself and, as my husband said, I’d be certifiable to give up the opportunity to write a book! After all, it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a child and never, ever, ever thought would really happen. The whole thing is still a bit surreal to me, but I’m so happy to have this opportunity!
It’s been quite a year! I can hardly believe where I was at one year ago versus where I am now. My blog has really captured the low points and the high points in my year, so looking back at what I’ve written helps me to see how far I’ve come. Here is a rundown of my blog year.
Total words written: 136,696
Total posts: 302
Number of Posts: 63 (yowza!)
Words written: 25,056
Favorite Post: Economics 101 for the ALA
Important Events: Had my first out-of-state interview. Didn’t get the job. Learned not to go to out-of-area interviews where I had to pay my own way 100%.
Number of Posts: 13
Words written: 6,393
Favorite Posts: Federated searching and why users aren’t finding/using your electronic materials and Podcasting in education
Important Events: First out-of-state interview that paid for me to come. Didn’t get the job. Spent weeks and weeks preparing the three required talks for the interview. Heartbreaking.
Number of Posts: 20
Words written: 10,848
Favorite Posts: The Failure of Middleware series (Parts one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven are linked here) and The innovation gap
Important Events: Started ALA Chicago 2005 Wiki! Job hunt not going well. I start wondering if I’ll have to go back to social work to make ends meet.
Number of Posts: 19
Words written: 10,037
Favorite Posts: Job search hoops and Library services to distance learners
Important Events: Suffered through the worst interview I ever had. Starting to feel really hopeless. Had phone interview for my current job.
Number of Posts: 17
Words written: 7,816
Favorite Posts: Do you like your patrons? and ALA Day 2: Loving that “old school” style
Important Events: I got a terrific job! Went to ALA Annual and met many of my blogger heroes.
Number of Posts: 12
Words written: 12,227
Favorite Posts: This was a good month for me without the job search hanging over my head. The job hunt: What I learned, ALA Wiki: What I learned and what I’m doing with it and The “kept-up” distance learning librarian were my faves.
Important Events: Bought first home in Vermont! Started the Library Success Wiki.
Number of Posts: 12
Words written: 7,085
Favorite Posts: Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Results and Finding a job and finding lasting love.
Important Event: Had my first article published in WebJunction.
Number of Posts: 19
Words written: 9,868
Favorite Post: Librarians in Academia: Faculty or Support Staff? and New communities, physical and virtual.
Important Event: OMG! I’m writing a book!!!
Thanks to everyone who has influenced me over the past year (and before). A year ago, I never would have thought that I could write anything interesting enough that would attract an audience beyond my husband and parents. Now I’m going to be writing a book. I owe so much to my husband for encouraging me to stop ranting to him and start ranting to the world. I would never have gotten to where I am now without the bloggers who have welcomed me, challenged me, inspired me and given me the courage to try new things. I have made so many wonderful friends through the simple act of writing down what I think. Insane. Thank you all.
If anyone has some sage advice and wisdom on book writing , I’d love to hear it. This is completely new territory for me and a book is just so big. It’s comforting, though, to see that I’ve written more in my blog over the past year than I will have to write for this book.
Thank you all for reading my blog and inspiring me to continue writing it.