With the end of the year nearly upon us, I thought I'd take a few minutes for an informal year-in-review.
The number of posts in this blog continue to grow and now we're over 300 posts. Generally, you're seeing a couple new posts per week from our growing list of authors:
- Nicole Engard
- Stacey Greenwell
- Jill Hurst-Wahl
- Steven Kaye
- Cynthia Larson
- Catherine Lavallée-Welch
- Tracy Z. Maleeff
- Steve Oberg
This is a very knowledgeable group and I'm pleased to be among them. (And thanks to all of you...this blog would be nothing without you.)
Of course, a blog needs readers and we know from our statistics that our readership has grown this year. On Jan. 12, we were averaging 24 pageviews per day. On May 30, that number had increased to 34 per day, and I would suspect that it is continuing to increase. In addition to people reading the blog by going to the blog itself, we have people who are reading it through an RSS reader. For example, at least 70 people are reading this blog through Bloglines. HQ tells us that we're one of the more heavily read blogs in the Association!
OTHER SECTION ACTIVITIES
Besides the blog, our only other major activity is the bloggers get together at the SLA Annual Conference. For several years, this has been an informal activity and a lot of fun! With more people interested in blogging, a question we should ask is whether we should do something more formal at the Annual Conference. I'll leave that question to the next chair of the Blogging Section.
THE NEXT CHAIR
Yes, I'm passing the torch (or should it be the keyboard) to Nicole Engard, who will chair this section in 2008. Nicole is very knowledgeable, highly respected and a great blogger. I look forward to the direction she'll take this section in!
EXIT STAGE LEFT
Yes, I am stepping down as chair of the section, but I am not going far. I'll be staying on the Board and I'll keep blogging. And surely I'll be at whatever blogging event happens at the Annual Conference in Seattle!