See lulu.com.

Blogs included in this book: Walt.lishost.org/blogs-in-the-liblog-landscape-2007-2009

Chapters (from contents page) covers Posting Frequest, changes in frequency, length of posts, conversations and conversational intensity, patterns of change 2007 to 2008 and 2008 to 2009, correlations and average, why people blog and how blog change, on “stopping and pausing” and a section on “the rest of the liblogs”.

Says this book is a rarity because only 57 copies sold as of Nov 09.

The book, really a study, attempts to answer the question for the 2007-2008 study: “what can you say about liblogs and how they’re changing?”

Since then, he observed that “a number of veteran bloggers have explicitly shut down their blogs or walked away. Many short posts moved to Twitter; others moved to Friendfeed, Facebook or some other social medium–and some bloggers found nothing left to blog about. Others post less frequently and quite a few comment on the state of Blogging”.

P2. Summaries the trends of what might be happening:
“Fewer new blogs and fewer liblogs in general”. And that some feel it’s harder to make a name for yourself with a new blog; that “old hands have taken all the attention”.
“Somewhat fewer posts”
“Somewhat longer posts” (some using blog platforms for posting essays, and using twitter for micro-Blogging)
“possibly fewer comments”

P4. Explains his methods, and about Metrics, Quintiles and Triplets.

P8. A Table showing how many liblogs were started (one in 1998, most started in 2005 24.4%, peaking at 127, then 123 new ones in 2006 and only 11 new ones in 2008).

Most popular platform is wordpress (47.2%) followed by blogger (36.6%)

P89. Listed somewhere two-thirds down the list of “longest blogs in 2009”. 15,647 words (top was 239,351 open access news and last was archivesnext 11,728 words).

P93. In the list for blogs with essay-length posts in 2009 (540 posts, just below QQ’s 547)

P99. blogs with longer posts over time 31% longer each year (more and more long-winded?)

Table on p105. walt describes RL as “discussions on a wide range of topics relevant to librarians everywhere.”
from 2008-09/ 2007-2009:
Posts -3%/ -50%;
-18% in terms of words per post from 08-09, but +31% from 07-09.
Comments per post -39% from 08-09, -27% form 07-09

Quintiles – 1 = most, longest, most increased
5 = fewest, shortest, most decreased

P139. Blogs with most comments, 49 comments in total (vs highest of 581 and lowest of 45)

P166. In the 2nd Quintile for consistent posting frequency in all 3 years.

Top Quintile for consistent post length at 540 words per post (highest 1113, lowest 147)

P220. The pattern of change for RL, 08-09 was “About same number and length, less conversational” (07-08 pattern was “fewer posts, longer posts, about the same conversationally”)

P235. “if it’s reasonable to think that these are the blogs most people think of as the biblioblogsphere, then it’s reasonable overall assertion to say that posting has dropped significantly, that posts have grown longer (but not dramatically so), and that the number of essayists among libloggers has increased dramatically.”

P236. On why people blog and how blogs change.

A few reasons for blogging: fame, professional advancement, fortune, obligation, projects and topics, having something to say.

My Rambling Librarian blog is cited on pages 89, 93, 99, 104, 139, 166, 168, 191, 220.

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