Circadian Blog Rhythms

Blogs generally cover what's happening now or what happened in the past few days. Stream of consciousness. They're diaries, although professional as well as personal diaries. Diary, dia, daily.

Carpe diem.
I enjoy writing daily. It lets me see what I'm thinking about. It's my virtual Hyde Park Corner, where I can stand on my soapbox and push whatever causes pop up on my radar. Unlike other forms of writing which are often constrained by lengthy introductions and context-setting, blog entries can seemingly come out of nowhere. It's okay for blog entries to be as speculative as brainstorming. This is what's spilling out of my head, and it requires no more justification than that.

Few things are mastered in a day. Achieving deep understanding of practically anything takes reflection. This requires looking back. Blogs have "archives," but most of them are by date, and that's little help when you're trying to tie together common themes. I found that I needed a personal knowledge management system. Nothing fancy -- just some blog pages that weren't going to scroll off into the ether.

Personal Knowledge Management
I've set up a dozen reference pages on my blog. For instance, I've got pages dedicated to Aritlces, Community, Conferences, Focus on core, Glossary, Hot Stuff, How People Learn, Implementing eLearning, Knowledge Management, etc.

Periodically I harvest daily blog-thoughts that have staying power and incorporate them into the reference pages. (Daily thought: Maybe I should call them reflection pages.) I'm beginning to put this at the top as I do updates:

This is an Internet Time Group reference page. The date above is merely a starting point. Periodically, I update this and similar pages with fresh opinions and resources.

This morning's update was the Metrics and ROI page.

How do other bloggers deal with this?


Posted by Jay Cross at August 10, 2003 12:58 PM | TrackBack
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