Ok, having said yesterday, based on objective evidence, that there was no archivo-blogosphere (again, I don’t like that term–come up with a better one and post it in a comment), I spent part of today looking more closely at the content of some of the blogs I liked as I was adding them to my blogroll.
Well, it looks like around SAA 2006 (in DC) there was a small and hardy band of archival bloggers (all, I am sure, extremely good-looking) and if it hadn’t been for the lack of connectivity in the Hilton (and maybe the extreme heat–I was there too) they might have gotten more momentum. But it looks like they kind of lost steam–many of them altogether–shortly after that meeting.
This next post was supposed to try to discuss why we don’t have a blogosphere of archivists. In thinking about what to write, I was coming up with a lot of possibilities that ended up sounding like a list of gripes about our profession. And I said was going to try not to be negative in my blog, so I think I’m going to skip that topic. I will say that I think perhaps one of our problems is that we have a lot of ground to cover. We could use good blogs on many different issues, for example–different aspects of electronic records, EAD (for those who use it), nuts and bolts issues about processing, copyright, advocacy issues, developments in available software, etc. Just a thought. I’ll try to follow up with that in a future post of why I think archivists need to get more involved in their own blogosphere.