Dylan Tweney: Understanding weblogs

Dylan Tweney writes about the value he finds in weblogging.

After a couple of weeks, I realized that my weblog was turning into a useful repository of information. What was the URL for that nifty site about cork dolls? There it is in the weblog. What about that news item on how many files are being traded over P2P networks? Right there.

In other words, I realized that a weblog could be a useful tool for personal knowledge management as well as for public communication. Because it’s so easy to create and update a weblog — the characteristic that has made blogging boom in the past year — it’s an ideal information capture device. Whenever you come across something interesting online, you can easily drop a link, a quote, and/or a comment into your weblog, and move on. You may never return to it, but it’s there if you ever want to look it up again. Same with passing thoughts: Just jot them in the weblog.

Need to find something later? Use a search engine, either one built in to the blogging tool itself or, if your site has been indexed by it, Google.

I agree completely with Dylan — one of the great benefits of a weblog is the capture of a portion of your stream of consciousness!

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