I must admit – I never see myself as a museum blogger. Then again I don’t see myself as a museum person but labels have never been my thing. My ‘crappy website’ (seriously I am embarrassed about the theme but don’t have the skills to change it) is a brain dump area for me to try and share past the social media sharing. Thank you for those that read it and to Paolo for the nomination to #MuseumTwitterati.
#MuseumTwitterati is a new tag to help new people on twitter identify museum bloggers. The idea started as #TwitteratiChallenge by @TeacherToolkit to “recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators [museologists] should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support“.
I follow a lot of people over multiple channels (social media, websites, blogging sites, etc). While I’ll stick with Museum people (as that is what this is all about) I find it important to stress the importance of following people NOT in your sector. Cross-learning and collaboration should and could be happening every day. It could be a simple, off the wall comment someone makes that you see as the key to an issue you’re having. You just never know.
From Paolo Viscardi who nominated me:
Subversive as always, I’ve tweaked the original #TwitteratiChallenge rules, and simplified the ‘What to do’ section:
You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life (ex-colleagues are fine, it’s a small sector and we’d run out of people in no time otherwise).
You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge or #MuseumTwitterati (sorry Jan Freedman)
Copy and paste the ‘Rules’ and ‘What to do’ information into your own blog post and be sure to cite @TeacherToolkit since they came up with the idea.
What to do:
Within 7 days of being nominated you must write your own blogpost identifying the top-5 museologists that you regularly go to for ideas, support and challenge. Share this on Twitter using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati and tag them in – they are thus nominated.
If you do not have your own blog, write your list by hand or on a computer, take a photo/screenshot and upload it to Twitter, tagging the people mentioned (yes, you can do that) and using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati – they are thus nominated.
So here is my selection, which sadly omits a lot of fantastic people who I engage with regularly about my specialist interests, but who are not really museum professionals per se (people like Jake, Ric and Ben). There are also a lot of notable absences because I work with some excellent Twitterers (Tweeters? Tweeps? Whatever – check out this #TwitteratiChallenge post by Rupert Shepherd who is one of them, and he lists most of the others):
Russell Dornan – this genius not only has enough content for his own site but he also provides content for Wellcome Trust Collection (London). Sharing is Russell’s middle name. He often is spear-heading creative ideas from his blog onto social media.
Jack Shoulder – Jack doesn’t just have one but now TWO blog sites for twice the fun! I’ve known Jack for many years starting with our volunteering at Kids in Museums. Jack has a refreshing often humorous insight into the world of museums.
Jenni Fuchs – Jenni has been running @Museum140 for as long as I’ve been running @CultureThemes. Jenni also has a blog Museum Diary that broaches many topics from Kids in Museums, Adopt a Museum and other project-led initiatives.
Cooper Hewitt Labs – while everyone knows the highlights of Cooper Hewitt do you know they are very open about sharing the pitfalls they had to struggle to overcome along the way? This blog is fantastic to read and reminds us all that not everyone gets it right the first time (hear that management?!)
Nina Simon – Nina follows a path very close to my heart – PARTICIPATION across all levels. Visitors first. Please tell me everyone knows Nina right?
The baton has been passed.