Blogs are like plastics, wikis are like leaves

Clearing out the summer clothes from my wardrobe to make way for the warmth needed to protect against Canada’s heavy winters, I was moodling over some points made on Wikis last week at KMWorld.

In my workshop I’d alikened blogs as being like an accumulation of post-it notes ( “every opinion is out there but what are you going to do if you come to a conclusion and want to summarise, you are just adding to the pile”, “I want less to read not more” ) where wikis are like water recyclers ( “keep flushing the content around and around, good things, and profound concepts come of recycling” & “although recycling takes effort, and you need to learn how to do it properly, everyone benefits” ) .

Although I very much still like the water analogy for wikis, Dave Weinberger’s analog of a pile of fallen leaves for folksonomy stirred my thought that the nature of the world is for old things to fade and disintegrate, and for new things to stem from the old.

Well, blogs certainly do spur on new content, but the mass of old content that pile up in their wake is quite phenomenal. What if an author changes their mind but a newcomer finds an old post? Should the author have deleted that thought?

Wikis grow old and die gracefully. From their ashes spring a (hopefully) wiser and more profound set of content. Anyone can clean up a wiki. Blogs are just making a mess.
Now… what shall I write for my next blog post? And should I throw out some of those old clothes or shall I just buy more?

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3 Responses to Blogs are like plastics, wikis are like leaves

  1. David also said that part of the value of the Wikipedia is the discussion that will be archived for years to come. This way we’ll be able to see what people thought on a particular topic at the time – isn’t this very like a blog? I think the answer to your question is that you should just buy more (using the clothes analogy). Your ideas at the time are still your ideas – and you shouldn’t delete them.

    David said that we want complexity – we want to find the answers – that means if someone is reading an old post of yours they will (if they want complexity) pay attention to the date as well as the content and then maybe explore some of your newer ideas as well as the old.

    I love your analogy – great post!

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