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Competitive Spirit

I confess! I am too competitive! When you go to the SLJ home page, I want you to be able to see all of the blogs, not just the most recent 4. I worked so hard on my post yesterday until 1 a.m. straddling days, but technically getting my Nonfiction Monday post in on Monday Pacific time. 

I want to be sure you are making a habit of clicking and reading all 6 of our blogs daily, not just the 4 on top. I want to know that what we write is actually being read, so please humor me. Go read all of our blogs today. Catch up on the archives to see if you have missed posts by Marc, Joyce, Chris, Amy, Elizabeth and me (Diane). Be sure to click on the comments and see what others are saying. There is so much worthwhile thinking going on in these blogs and you don’t want to miss a single post.


  1. Amy Bowllan says:

    Thank you, Diane, for this post. I just finished reading yesterday’s post and am in awe at how much rich information you included. I will definitely pass this along to our librarians and our Language Dept.
    Thank you so much.


    Diane, I like to the content the SLJ bloggers write about too, but I have two major beefs about them. They do not play well in readers (you only get a few lines, and then must link out to the SLJ site to read the rest, and 2) there are no comments feeds. One of the reasons many of my blogs reside in a favorites folder in my reader is b/c they also offer a comments feed (Will Richardson, Dean Shareski, Wesley Fryer, Judy O’Connell, others) and I can track on going conversations that happen inside a blog. (Just to be able to make a comment here tonight I had to open this post in a whole new tab by itself as it would not open in the tab where two or three other posts by you are residing–using Firefox.) Often times in the SLJ site, they “look” like blogs but don’t “behave” like blogs. I want the whole post in my reader, not just a tease, and I want a comments feed so I can see how others feel about a topic. Until then SLJ has almost dropped out of my reader. Unless there is a really eye catching blog post title, I do not visit to read the whole post. Instead I rely on other bloggers who will blog about the same topic, and I do read theirs in its entirety b/c the whole post is there in my reader. To jump in the conversation via their post, I do take the time to link out to the blog to comment, but don’t “have” to venture back b/c 8 out of every 10 bloggers also offer a comments feed which I can track right in my reader.

    If SLJ wants to have a blog and be cutting edge 2.0, then they need to change the way they handle blogs. In my opinion, they are merely “posing” blogs, not offering blogs.

    Not that I would ever be asked, but if I were asked to blog my blog under the umbrella of SLJ, I do believe I would respectfully decline. I like the fact that I have developed a readership, and I do believe that readership would decline if they had to deal with the SLJ site.

    I know that is harsh, and it is nothing against your bog or any of the others. They were just better when they were NOT a part of the SLJ site.

  3. Catherine, You make excellent points. I have found myself frustrated at the comments structure, so I made sure to send your info on to “corporate.” They are still working out the kinks and I love to rattle their cages. I didn’t realize the whole post wasn’t going to the RSS feeds. How irritating! The best stuff is not always in the first 1000 characters. Deep thinking takes involvement and drawing people in. I hope you will do me the favor to click through and read some of our other previous posts to see what great stuff is hidden beyond the mini-feeds. I would hate to have to get in the habit of typing only 1000 character posts and putting up 10 in a day because then they would be out of order.
    Thanks for the feedback. Let’s see how corporate reacts.