November 07, 2005

Cites & Insights Mid-Fall 2005 - "Life Trumps Blogging"

Walt Crawford has some wise words in his most recent publication of Cites & Insights 5:13, Mid-Fall 2005:

Life trumps blogging. At least it does for most sane, balanced people.

And further (excerpted):

Family trumps blogging. Health trumps blogging. Work trumps blogging (unless blogging is your life or work, ...).
I'm delighted to see that more and more people recognize that vacations trump blogging ...
As a tool, blogging isn't something "everyone" needs to do, and it isn't something that you need to keep doing even when it no longer meets your needs.

While he gives some examples from the library world, this connected to me with Siva Vaidhyanathan's recent statement:

I am way behind on a couple of major projects. My tenure file is under review by my department right now. And I have a bunch of other things going on in my life (all good).

I really can't blog for a while. It's too draining and distracting to do battle so publicly. It might actually be risky. ...

I usually can't help mouthing off on all this stuff. But it's not wise.

Points to ponder.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in cyberblather | on November 07, 2005 01:06 AM (Infothought permalink)
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Thanks. I'm proud of that essay... Interesting to see Siva V. come up against real-life limitations!

(Given the reaction I'm getting, I should really try to do more of the brief-essay Perspectives in C&I, and maybe fewer of the massive history-plus-commentary articles... Maybe some day.)

Posted by: walt at November 7, 2005 08:24 PM