It's been a hard week full of rejection for the Annoyed Librarian.
First, I opened the new American Libraries with its cover story on "Mattering in the Blogosphere" to see if I mattered in the library blogosphere. Apparently, I don't, or at least they didn't interview me. I did find out that one of the bloggers who allegedly matters comes across as utterly humorless and thinks anonymous blogs are "paper tigers." I don't consider this a swipe at me because I'm not anonymous, but pseudonymous, and my blog isn't a paper tiger but instead an electronic one. I guess I don't care who does the writing, because I prefer to deal with issues and not personalities. That's because I don't have much of a personality.
After the soul-crushing experience of finding out I don't matter in the library blogosphere, I next took a look at the new Library Journal list of library "movers and shakers," and found out I wasn't one (at least not as the AL). That was a little disappointing. I felt sure I was going to make it this year, because I move a lot, particularly when dodging criticism, and sometimes I shake as well, or at least shudder, especially after reading too many blog posts on Library 2.0. It's a bitter disappointment, and dealing with the rejection would no doubt take years of therapy, if I believed in that sort of stuff. Instead I'll just have a martini.
So now I'll have to struggle on somehow, and maybe next year I'll be luckier. Because now I have a dream. I have a dream where little named library bloggers and little pseudonymous library bloggers can both matter in the blogosphere together. And where little movers and shakers and little dodgers and shudderers can play together side by side in this little paradise we call libraryland. One day that dream might be a reality.