Submitted by Law Library on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:30am
Why blog? I don’t think I have the answer, but I’ll take a few guesses. It can be used as a literary or artistic outlet. Imagine Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg coming of age in the time of blogging. They would be speaking directly to their audiences in a much more effective medium than through esoteric magazines. Perhaps they would have had an even larger audience?
One of the reasons people blog is to express what they are passionate about. Because they really care and there is no real worry (for most) about editors and potential readership. Why else would a person spend time to write and maintain a blog unless there was some significant passion involved and people wanted to be heard?
It can also be kind of exciting. You have no real idea on who is reading. Bloggers who write book reviews will occasionally receive free books. Sometimes bloggers’ posts will be picked up by some noted national magazine or newspaper? National Geographic or the Huffington Post are known to do this. There are others. So you may never know the accolades, publication opportunities, readers, or even jobs (yes) available to bloggers out there.
I’m told blogging can also be comforting. Perhaps like the old neighborhood bar? Many times you’ll pass by the old place on your way home but every once in a while you’ll pop in just to hear some stories or tell a few yourself. It made you feel connected to something. No pressure, no pain, no hassles, just a little fun with some like-minded folks.
So that is what we will have going here from the SLU Law Library Blog, From 5 & 6. It will be a little of this, a little of that. Nothing too serious. Hopefully a little entertaining, informative, dare I say it…educational? Okay, not too educational. One thing we in the law library are passionate about is services for our students and faculty. There will be helpful tidbits for you telling of our services, new materials, new databases, and book burning parties in the back alley (just kidding).
Some of you may know the tune, “Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away…to 5& 6?” Do we have to pay royalties now? If we do I want to take out the last bit because it doesn’t add much. I think it’s an ongoing use we need to be worried about however and this won’t be used again, so I think we are safe.
No, From 5 & 6 isn’t a neighborhood bar, but rather the two floors on which the law library lives and from where this blog will be written, maintained and hopefully not maligned or misunderstood to any great extent. We do encourage your feedback and will gladly post them next to the empties.