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Writing guest posts for LIS Blogs

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Deciding to write a guest post? What are you waiting for?

It can be very daunting writing a blog post for a professional blog rather than writing for your own blog. However there are many ways of getting past this, the first step is to look closely at the content that is being produced.

Still daunted? I didn’t think so. The content is exactly the same as you produce personally.  My personal fear is having others view what I have written. Questioning, is it good enough? Have I made a total mess of the conference review and worst of all did I miss anything?

Many LIS blogs welcome guest posts with wide open arms. And the content is totally up to you, (within reason of course, it will still be reviewed by the editorial board) in my own experience I have written about events, seminars and conferences that I have attended over the last year or so.

Writing about conferences and events is great however it may only be of advantage to people within Ireland who could not attend on the day. In order to produce a blog post that can be viewed and discussed by people in and outside Ireland, decide to brave and write about current LIS topics that are causing a stir.

What are the benefits of writing guest posts?

LIS Blogs are highly important when building a professional profile; many of the professionals that maintain LIS blogs interlink their work with professionals in the UK and America.

It is this global platform that gives the first and most important benefit in writing for LIS blogs. This is why I have previously mentioned creating posts that will cause a global discussion.

Personally for me the main benefit is confidence. It has given me confidence in my writing. Guest posts have built my confidence in how to critically assess a topic or event and enabled me to be confident in engaging with others throughout the LIS profession.

I have written for three professional LIS blogs, Libfocus, LAI CDG, and New Professionals Day Ireland (NPD).

In writing these guest posts you build on your individual professional profile and CPD, it connects you with many more LIS professionals which in turn helps you develop and grow with your LIS sector.

 

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My hometown “The Déise”

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I came home this weekend for my Mother’s birthday,  so to incorporate my college work with family time,  I tweeted one of the librarians in the Central Library to say I shall grace them with my presence in order to get some work done.

I did my Internship with the various Library branches of Waterford and I cannot put into words how encouraging and engaging they were in helping me start my journey towards a Masters in Library and Information Studies.

So, I was informed that the Waterford Writers Weekend is taking place, and the library may be a bit too busy for me to concentrate, now I am just going to have to see what this weekend has in store.

To my delight there is a talk being held in the Medieval Museum titled “To Blog or  not to Blog”, excited was not the word to describe how I felt when I saw this. So I registered straight away.

The event was a delight, it included Anne CareyMark Graham , and Hazel Gaynor they gave their own thoughts and reflections  on why to  blog and amazing advice on what to do as a potential blogger.

Mark Graham was so honest it made the event very engaging, and funny, I could really relate to the way he proposed to use social media tools as a “toolbox” that you take these tools and use them to build and renew the idea you have and tunnel these opinions and passions through your blog.

The weekend has been insightful and encouraging via professionals, family and friends. I have converted many friends to join Twitter and engage with the conversations that do take place on a regular basis, as my friends are Teachers they are the people I feel we as Librarians need to engage with to raise the platform of our skills and reach out to other professions in order to show us, as Librarians off.

I look forward to the Library Association of Ireland’s conference next month our own head librarian in Waterford is now President of the LAI and it is a privilege to say that I have worked for her and her staff.

Thank You Waterford for a wonderful weekend.