Live Blogging? Nah.
I thought about taking my laptop into the convention center and doing some kind of live blogging reactions to each announcement made. It sounded like it might be fun. So I did some research on "live blogging" and ran across this piece on the blog In the Agora:
One gets the sense that these bloggers imagine readers experiencing things with them in real time through their blog, collectively partaking in the highs and lows of whatever is on television. Is this what we’ve come to?
I hasten to note there are moments when "live blogging" makes sense, such as when the blogger sees an event live but it will only be showed to the public sometime later (here’s an example). Or when you’re witnessing an event or conference that will not be televised or published at all (here’s an example). Yet the vast majority of "live blogging" I see does not fall within these exceptions. They’re simply real-time accounts that can be accessed elsewhere in a far more superior ways.
Huh. That’s an excellent point. You guys could get up at 7:45 a.m. and see the live webcast of these awards if you wanted to. And do I seriously think that people would want to have my blog up alongside the live awards for… what purpose exactly? No no. I’ll be at today’s awards but with my scoresheet rather than my laptop.
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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