I'm a pessimist by nature. I can't help it. So this morning I was starting to think about what to write about today, and wondering if it really matters because I don't have many readers. Not even my librarian friends read this regularly (okay, I admit I write too much to be read every day).
A new professor thought my blog was so neat that he set up two of his own, one for personal news and the other for professional stuff. He write to me last week asking why Google wasn't finding his blog. I admit I took several days to respond because I got really into some library survey results and ignored everything else during that time. So I wrote back and told him that Blogger has settings that give search engines permission to scan the blog.
I knew I had set up mine to be found by search engines, and went to look up "Reflections from a Small College Library" in Google. Strangely, I had to go to the "Include omitted results" to even find my profile, I never did find a link directly into my blog. However, I set up a Google Alert for the same search and it daily sends me a link to my own blog... I don't get the technology difference.
However, in my regular Google search I found that others have found my blog. There was a link to it on a site that listed blogs that included info on library marketing, and one person copied an entire post I wrote on the J.K. Rowling suing the HP Lexicon guy among other blogger's opinions (BTW we all seem to be against her). This was all, but I assume that more people read bits and pieces when they do a keyword search for something that interests them, and that only a tiny fraction are going to leave evidence of having been there. This is exciting. And since I am still a novice blogger, I can only assume this will grow.
I don't consider myself a particularly good writer, so I was very happy when I got quoted that it was a (surprisingly) intelligent post... thank goodness.
Now if I can build a ring of librarian bloggers from similar libraries so we can share ideas...