Thursday, 9 July 2015

Thing 2: Writing Your First Blog Post

The Hardest Part is Getting Started

The hardest part is getting started

Earlier this week we discussed blogging, what it is, how it works and a few different blogging tools that you can use. Now it's time to start putting your 23Things learning into practice and write your first blog post.

Your task is this: Write about how/why you became a librarian.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about writing was from Helen Fallon of Maynooth University. She said "Leave the editing till later!" What she was talking about was the fact that many of us get so hung up on writing a perfect first sentence or first paragraph that we never make it past that. We write and re-write and then we get disheartened and then we give up.

A blogpost can be even more intimidating because not only is it a new way of expressing yourself, it is also a very public way of doing so. It is claimed that most people fear public speaking only slightly less than death and blogging is, in its own way, a type of public speaking. However there are a few things you can do to help get yourself started with this week's task.

Limit yourself to just 15 minutes writing for each of the following activities. 

Yes, you read that correctly. Set a timer on your watch or phone before you sit down and know that when the alarm goes off you have to stop what you are working on and walk away. You have a whole week to do this task, break it into small chunks.

Pretend you are interviewing your favourite author/actor/celebrity. Write a list of seven (7) questions you would ask them about how they ended up in their chosen career. Remember you only have 15 minutes. Don’t overthink it.

Now, ask yourself those questions about your career as a librarian. Write down or type out your answers. Again, take no longer than 15 minutes.

Remove the questions and redraft what you have written so that it makes sense without the questions being there.

Imagine that you are a reader who doesn’t know anything about your or about librarianship as a career. Would what you have written so far give them a full picture of how and why you became a librarian? Is there anything you have left out? Make any changes you think are necessary to what you have written to ensure that the reader isn’t missing anything.

Post what you have written to your blog.

That's it. In a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes (if you take 15 minutes for each item) you have written your first blog post.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started!

Thing 2 is written by Caroline Rowan, a Health Services Librarian based in Dublin, Ireland.


  1. Hi - how do we see each other's blog posts please?


    1. Hi Amy, we are adding all the blogs to a delicious feed at the moment. You can find it at and click on the links to view the blogs. We will provide a rss feed of all the blogs once everyone is set up.

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