library blogging random exploration continuedPosted: March 31, 2010
I have just completed my tabulation of a sample of blog posts and comments from 50 randomly selected public libraries from the Blogging Libraries Wiki list. Now we have a chance to compare (unscientifically) what is occurring at academic libraries and public libraries.
Of interest, albeit unscientific, is that academic libraries publish fewer blog posts. Specifically, I tabulated the posts from 50 randomly chosen academic libraries for the months of March in 2008, 2009, and 2010. A total of 588 posts were published. On the public library side, 1,019 were published. The academic libraries, however, fared better in terms of generating comments. For the college libraries the average was .64 comments per post. This is due, in part, to the fact that 21 academic libraries had published 398 posts that received no comments. The public libraries had a total of 300 comments for their 1,019 posts for an average of .29 comments per post.
When one is continually clicking and counting, that is, looking carefully at the blogs, a few other incidental and interesting sidebars emerge. For example, though teens are said to blog frequently, the teen blogs at public libraries do not attract much discussion. Also, when one is clicking through an alphabetical list, such as the one at the Blogging Libraries Wiki for either the academic libraries or the public libraries, it’s rather shocking how many blogs have been abandoned. I assure you, not every blog on either list is accessible. I didn’t do a count, but it’s more than just a couple of disappearing blogs.
Finally, I still hope to contact my colleague at New York University to learn more about how bloggers can ascertain interest in their blogs when comments are absent.
My next random/unscientific count will be of blogs published by individual librarians. Following that, I hope to look at some journalists blogs or business blogs.