Now you've set off with your own blogging, it's time to meet the neighbours: see who else is taking part and what they're saying.
First of all, you need to let other people know that you're taking part. Do that by completing the 23 Things for Professional Development registration form if you haven't already. You can put as much or as little information about your location and type of work as you like. But bear in mind that what you put will help other people to find you.
participants page. You probably don't have time to visit them all, so you can refine your choices using the country and sector tags on our Delicious bookmarks.
If you think you've signed up, but don't appear in the Delicious list after a day or two, leave a comment here and we'll check what's happened. If we could give your blog better tags, let us know that too!
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Being able to comment and discuss ideas is what makes blogging - and social media in general - so useful and valuable as a tool for personal and professional development. Comments on your own blog can offer advice and support, they might point you towards useful resources, or they might challenge your opinions and help you refine your arguments. By commenting on other people's blog you're likely to think more deeply about what you've read and what you think about an issue, you'll also be able to share some of your expertise, and you'll get your face (or, at least your moniker) more widely known. It can be daunting to comment on the blog of someone you may never have met, but do take the plunge, even if it's just to say hello, or to say that you enjoyed a post.
To finish Thing 2, once you've explored the cpd23 neighbourhood a little, write a post on your blog about what you've read and who you've met.
If you'd like to investigate the wider world of library and librarian blogging, then why not investigate the UK Library Blogs/Bloggers Wiki, and if you know of similar sources from librarians elsewhere in the world, let us know in the comments.