Why am I here?

I have had several discussion with coworkers recently regarding the fact that I am on both Twitter and FriendFeed.  Usually, these discussion involve them making fun of me for being on Twitter and FriendFeed.  Arguing with them brings up the question:  Why am I here?

I am not someone who will ever inspire hundreds of followers on Twitter or friends on FriendFeed.  I assume most of what I post will be read buy a few and commented on by even fewer.  So, given this, why do I bother?

I have spent 13 years as a jail librarian.  Over half of that time, I was in a single person library 4 days a week.  These days I am in a single person library 2 days a week and in a public library 3 days a week.  I have always felt disconnected from my library system and the field as a whole.   Twitter and FriendFeed have allowed me to connect with library staff across the country(and at least one in Canada) in a way that used to be almost impossible.  I am no longer alone on Wednesday’s and Friday’s.  I have the whole world at my fingertips if I want it.

That’s why I am here.

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