Thursday, April 22, 2004

Posting drought and the pyschology of blogging

Things have been pretty hectic around here as we work to put together our collaboration strategy, which has ironically made it difficult to find the time to post here. Even if you are committed to making collaboration happen, it takes effort to change patterns of behavior. To start, you have to think to post -- the "I've got to blog this" syndrome.

Secondly, you have to be willing to put it out there. I tend to spend a lot of time assembling my ideas "just so" as I write. Blogging, though, isn't necessarily about complete thoughts and well-constructed arguments. Sometimes, it's simply about throwing a half-formed idea out there. Will it stick? How will the others react? The ensuing discussion shapes and improves that nascent idea. You don't have to do all the work yourself. Ideally, it's a part of a conversation, a discussion of the idea.

So, we have two challenges. First, the many authors of this blog need to post our own ideas, impressions, etc. around collaborative technology, and we need to read and respond to the posts of others. In other words, generate our own conversation.

We also have to work to get feedback from others via various mechanisms. Ideally, folks read and then react on their own blogs, we see who's been referencing us, and then we respond back, and the conversation takes off in a distributed fashion. But not everyone has a blog (shocking, I know), so alternatives need to be made available. Which means there's more work to do on this site.

But the most important work that needs to be done to this site is for us to post frequently and generate conversations.

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