Blogjune Median Point Musings

I’ve never participated in #blogjune before even though I’ve been blogging since 2003 (yeesh…just realized as I typed that that it’s been 20 years since I first started the Digital Reference blog on Blogger). In the blogging heyday (in the Aughts), I posted at most 2-3 times a week. The daily pace of #blogjune is a whole other level. In my posts on Digital Reference and Beating the Bounds (and the blog at work for reference services) I’ve always tried to focus on issues that relate to my work as a librarian. I’ve saved more personal topics for various social networks I’ve been on. This post will stray over to more meta/personal issues about blogging itself than I usually allow for here, but as I’ll explain, it’s all I have to write about today.

I’m finding that if I blog on a weekday, I’m pretty fired up about this or that issue that relates to something I’m dealing with at work. On the weekends, though, my mind has shifted to home life (planning chores that need to be done, thinking about chances to eat out or go to a museum, or, for the past gazillion weeks, strategizing about how I’m going to get my high school son to practice or a game or both for the travel soccer team he plays on). While I do think on Saturdays and Sundays about random issues or to-do items from work, my mind is pretty chill in that regards until maybe Sunday night. So today, a Saturday, I’m barely thinking about work projects, and that’s a good thing.

Another thing about trying to post every day for #blogjune is that I’m finding its exacerbating my lazy tendencies to not even want to proofread what I wrote. I just want to get something down and published. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for me, as I view the main thing driving me to blog is as an outlet for thinking through what’s rattling around in my head. The lesser but still important driver is my hope that there’s an audience generous enough to want to read what I’ve written and who may find something useful. With respect to the mode I’m in for #blogjune, I’m probably publishing more underbaked posts, but then on the other hand, I’m working through more thoughts that I would be if I were on my usual schedule (which over the past 4-5 years can barely be called a schedule given how much time elapses between posts).

The main reason why I decided to give #blogjune a go this time is because it started just as I was reckoning with how little I’ve published or presented in recent years. Posting on this crazy daily schedule (more or less) is giving me a chance to get back in shape as a writer after too many years of my inconsequential and unsubstantial tweeting, tooting, and commenting.