To create my Professional Journal blog, I used WordPress (http://wordpress.com/ or https://rebekahslibrary.wordpress.com/.) My decision to use WordPress instead of Blogger was simple: I used Blogger to make a blog for an ITPS commitment last semester and thought I would give the other a try. By using both websites, if I decide to use blogs in my role as a librarian, I will know which one I prefer.
I am relieved by the fact that WordPress seems simple to use at first glance. There are examples to look at, and samples that can simply be edited until the user gets used to the website. It seems to me as though you can get as intricate as you want, or leave the blog as simple as you want which is great. I am, however, struggling to get things to load which is why my page is still very generic (I will try to personalize it later this week when my browser is agreeing with the website.)
Despite technical difficulties, I have tried to join the blogging community a bit. I noticed that you can follow blogs and chose a few under the “books” category. One of them called “Eleventh Stack” has some very beneficial entries and book reviews (as well as some random ones about Nic Cage and televisions, so we’ll see if I stick with that one.) Either way, following various blogs seems like a good way to get reviews on books and find out if they are appropriate for a school library before ordering.
If I were to use WordPress with my students in the library, it would be as a book review tool. As much as I love suggesting books to my students, it is sometimes hard to think of a good variety. Believe it or not, I tire of saying, “Read The Hunger Games!” Having students review books that they read for their classmates via a WordPress and having them all follow each other could get a wider range of opinions circulating. In addition, my school library is also the community’s library, so I have a staff working for me as well as a library board to answer to. I think a WordPress would be a great way to keep my co-workers, student workers, and board members updated on the most recent technologies.