Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Communication Nation: Use your blog as a management tool

Communication Nation: Use your blog as a management tool: "How do you think of your blog? Do you use it as a management tool? If so please share your thoughts."

I'm posting here my response from there...

But my (metaphoric) Moleskine need not be linear, see the 43Folders web site where practitioners of the GTD method have some hacks and more hacks that allow different uses and entry points. Personally, I see my Moleskines as an external thinking aid, a place to store important pieces of information I don't use enough to remember and a designated locus for temporary storage of index cards containing lists, coupons, sticky notes with reminders, and other things I want to tell myself at a later time. This way, it's continuously visible until I get it done or realize I didn't need to do it anyway and can "forget it."

Personally, I see blogs as one part of that potential, contextualized information space I posted on the other day. Another key for me is the idea of negotiated understanding, or in a more traditionalist view, the Socratic dialogue, in which people with different experiences can contribute to making sense of complex problems. Yet another key is how such dialogue opens up the normally private thoughts of an individual so that the individual can mediate first impressions or thoughts on a topic with the experience of communicating this nascent knowledge in order to refine thought and consciously choose how the individual presents himself or herself to the public. This gets back to Foucault's technologies of the self and self writing, both of which offer potential constraints and liberations, new spaces to affect and construct the self.

Bringing these observations together, I'm currently pondering the multiplying and constructing of self in terms of becoming a cyborg (hybrid of technology and organism)...but this almost takes me off topic...so to the point of this posting, I also see blogs as a tool for projecting oneself into the virtual online community...one that does not depend on a 1:1 relationship with a body, so that it could be 1:many where I potentially have a blog for my personal ideas, one for enhancing my career path by showing collaboration and scholarship, one for marketing my product, one for effecting social change by putting out new memes, one for entertainment or sharing interests and hobbies, and the list could go on to include any reason we as humans communicate.


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