Understanding Blogging for Knowledge Workers

Blogs are now mainstream and it’s no longer necessary to explain what one is. It wasn’t that long ago that bloggers were being put down as a bunch of guys in pyjamas. Lilia Efimova, Mathemagenic, was one of my early sources of understanding about blogs, as I made my initial attempts at online conversation. Lilia introduced me to the concept of personal knowledge management. Here is my first attempt at explaining PKM in action and this is my latest.

Lilia is finishing her dissertation on the blogging practices of knowledge workers and has summarized her conclusions. All of those years of analysis are boiled down into 1,000 words and now give us an excellent summary of blogs as related to Ideas; Conversations; Relations; Tasks; and Context. Read the whole post and bookmark it; it’s a classic.

Picture by Lilia Efimova

4 Responses to “Understanding Blogging for Knowledge Workers”

  1. James

    With all due respect, I’ll agree with Brett on this one. If you use them and experiment with social media then it’s mainstream. If you’re part of the vast majority who don’t, then 2.0 is still a mystery for the most part.

    Just try and explain XML and RSS to anyone who isn’t into this stuff. Sure, they’ll get it eventually, but the eyes often glaze over first.

  2. Harold Jarche

    Five years ago, when I started this blog, no one but a few knew what what a blog was. Now most mainstream media have blogs, including CBC and many of their programmes. CBC also lists which of its news items are the most blogged.

    You don’t need to understand RSS or XML to either write or read a blog, though some knowledge would be helpful, especially the limitations of RSS versus Atom. Starting by explaining XML would be like teaching internal combustion to first-time car owners.

    Also, “blog” is now in the dictionary. I no longer have to explain what a blog is, though I still have to explain how to set one up and how to use feeds.

  3. James

    And, the majority of those who go to CBC don’t use the blogs. The comments are far more used and, since forums have been around much longer than blogs, I’d say that concept is probably better understood.

    I was using XML (being an underpinning of how social media is glued together, and data transported between apps) simply as an example. I agree that you wouldn’t try and explain XML to a newb.

    In broad terms, I’d probably say blogging is known, but really not understood.


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