One way to interact with your audience is through the use of blogs. A blog is like an online journal; it’s usually run by one person and is frequently updated. They’re extremely easy to use and don’t require any type of installation. I created this blog for free using a site called WordPress.com. It comes with an online tutorial, as well as online forums where you can discuss any issues you may have with other bloggers. There are many other types of blog publishing software available, both that have a cost as well as that are free; you just have to find the one that works for you. Here’s a list of a few popular blogs to help get you started:
What Can You Do With a Blog?
There are many different ways blogs can be used by a library. Blogs can cater to a specific audience or to a wide variety of people. You should evaluate what is of interest in your community and think about who you’re trying to cater to, then go from there. Here’s a list of different library blogs from the website Accelerated Degree that include a variety of ways to use one. A few ideas I found include:
- vampire news (books, movies, etc.)
- sharing library stories/experiences
- current events
- favorite films
One way that I enjoy using a blog is for online book clubs. They’re simple to do: pick the book you’d like to discuss, write a short summary on it and include a picture of the cover (along with a link to your online card catalog so people know where to find it in your library), then open up the floor for discussion! Try to pick books that are relevant to current events or pop culture to keep readers interested. Also, don’t forget to participate in the conversation yourself.