Friday, June 11, 2004

Blogging for the curmudgeon

David sent us this gem this morning, identifying with Sid and classifying himself as old. He couldn't appreciate the irony of blogging his anti-blogging position, so it's left to me to do it for him. ;-)

But Sid does reflect the view of many, especially in the corporate world, that blogging is exhibitionist navel gazing. Well, sure, that goes on. But not all blogs are journals. And even though focused blogs wander some, that helps make them fun and interesting and keeps people coming back. Dramas have comic relief. It's okay. Really. Or as Guy says (and he can elaborate), blogging needs personalities.

People tend to discount the social nature of work. Relationships are how work gets done. Why else would work groups wander off on team building boondoggles? Might it be that they aren't boondoggles after all, but rather something that's beneficial to the bottom line by making the work group more effective? If you need help in a pinch, it's the people you know who typically will help you out.

So why the resistance to blogging? Much of the sort of stuff that people object to in blogs happens in email today. David and I had an interesting and informative thread about TiVo this morning. It's a bit of a s-t-r-e-t-c-h to call the content work related, but the fact that TiVo advocacy is a tie that binds David and me is good for our working relationship. On the other other hand, the fact that I'm posting all of this may not be. :-)

Like all of these social things, blogging can also keep people from doing "real work" such as documenting collaboration strategies. Oops! Uh, later...


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