I've been meaning to post here for the past couple of weeks. Really, I have. Instead I've been lounging. I even have a couple of topics. There's that million dollar Verizon grant for the gamey librarians, for example. I get suspicious anytime big corporations want to give grants for things, but then I'm just a cynic. Still, it's better than fleecing the taxpayers to fund the gamey librarians and make sure that those poor people on the other side of the digital divide can play World of Wardancing just like their more more affluent slack-jawed peers.
Recently I took one of those life expectancy quizzes, and was thinking of a post on the life expectancy of librarians; unfortunately, that would have required me to do some actual research to find out if there even are stats on librarian life expectancy compared to other professions. I'm guessing longer than coal miners, but other than that I wouldn't know. My work is certainly low stress and physically undemanding, so if I can just keep from balooning up in old age and having a heart attack, I could keep working for a long time to come. Wouldn't that be exciting! However, I just didn't have the will.
Thanks to something else I did, it's going to be even harder to come up with stuff to be annoyed about. I purged my Bloglines of all the blogs I read only to be annoyed. It's amazing how many dull library blogs there are. Some librarians like to brag about what a blogging group librarians are, but rarely are there any blogs worth reading. One in ten, maybe. The popularity of Twitter and "microblogging" among some of these folks doesn't surprise me, since few of them seem to have any thoughts that warrant more than 160 characters, more pictures of library signage excepted of course. Any picture of a library sign saying "Turn Off Your Cell Phone" is definitely worth a thousand words! These library bloggers are clever folk and we must bow to them.
First, I got rid of several defunct blogs. Any blogs with "librarian" in the title by that "distinguished" library school professor got the axe as well, and if you don't know which ones those are, don't bother to find out because they're beyond dull. Next to go were all the high profile library blogs that everyone seems to subscribe to but that haven't produced any interesting content in months, if ever. Goodbye Taming the Web, David Lee King, Librarian.net, Shifted Librarian, and Free Range Librarian. I know we won't miss each other! It's probably a sign of a bad career fit that I find some of the most popular library blogs incredibly boring. Or maybe it's just a sign of boring blogs. These things are so hard to call.
More than ever I have to rely on the kindness of strangers to send me stuff to be annoyed about, but at this point I'm overwhelmed by the email. I vaguely remember a time when I responded to every email, but I haven't been able to do that for months. I can't even keep track of most of the comments these days. I just lack that fire in the belly of the obsessed blogger. Maybe it's a summer thing, though. During the cooler weather we don't sit so much on the library veranda sipping mint julips and waving at passerby, so there's more time to blog. We'll see.