Blogs as personal knowledge management tool

I’m in the midst of a similar project as a way to learn WordPress as a step toward converting McGee’s Musings to WordPress in the not too distant future.

In the opening post, John Hesch quotes an observation from Paul Allen that struck home forcefully:

But like some other good habits I have developed over the years which
are hard to teach and harder yet to convince others to do (like taking
notes at every meeting you attend, and storing all your personal
knowledge in a searchable database), I have a very hard time convincing
anyone to start their own blog. Most think it would be a waste of time
[Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur]

Last weekend I did a seminar at DePaul University’s School for New Learning on
the topic of personal knowledge management and I’ve been thinking on
this odd problem of technologies that need to be experienced to be
understood.

Blogs, wikis, and social software all suffer from this need to
spend time with them on their own terms. In organizational settings,
this makes them hard to introduce. Decision makers want a clear story
about investment and return (and they’d prefer hard numbers). I’m still
working out how to best formulate one. I suspect it will depend on the
unique characteristics of each organization.

The series continues with Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

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