not documenting, doing
Yesterday I agreed with Lilia that most researchers’ blogs don’t document research. Today while reading a post on David Weinberger’s blog I realised that that’s completely beside the point: research happens in blogs, and in the conversations between blogs. Blogs aren’t about documentation, they’re about doing, thinking and discussing. And they’re about catching fleeting thoughts and making them explicit: if I hadn’t blogged my response to Lilia yesterday I probably wouldn’t have thought about David’s post today as research and wanted to rethink yesterday’s ideas as I’m doing now.
Of course blogs can be used as documentation as well, they can be used for almost anything I suspect, but I don’t think documentation is the most interesting aspect of blogs in research.