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Time passes by, completed one month of my blogging; it’s time to reflect. But before I do so allow me to point out two interesting posts.

The first one is David Pollard’s BLOGGING AND PERSONALITY CHANGE, his reflection on a post in PTypes, which rates famous people, and bloggers, by personality type, and also draws linkages between three well-known personality typing schemas. He was surprised by the fact that ‘How to Save the World’ is identified as an ‘Inspector’s’ (ISTJ) blog’. He decided to re-take the Myers-Briggs test on personality type. You can find details in his post, but his most interesting observation – “my personality has changed markedly since I started blogging. I’ve plotted the shift on the charts above… I’ve gone in one year from iNTj (a Thinker) to eNfP (a Change Agent), after not moving on the test for a decade.” Hmm…Interesting.

A footnote here. The hyperlinking structure of the web has influenced my conversation style big time (in a positive way). I can feel it. Now I tend to branch my conversation from point to point, contextualize them, open a new thread as the main route or a detour (open a new window!) and still am able to trackback to my original topic – much better than before. So I don’t have a problem believing the – ‘How a blog saved my life’ kind of thing.

The second post is by Jay Cross on – The Schizophrenia of Blogging.
It’s a classification of bloggers according to their blogging activity.
“Some bloggers record current events. Others collect information for reference. The first is like publishing a daily newspaper or keeping a journal. The second is akin to maintaining an online reference book or content management system. The two personalities are at odds with one another. “

Now for my personal experience: I do hope my blog is helping out (in some way or other) my few (sigh!) readers, but certainly it’s helping me out quite a bit.

Learning & Resource management
After starting soulsoup, I could feel the pressure of a self- imposed responsibility of and hunger for more focused as well as diversified knowledge, every moment. Now, on an average, I visit 20 blogs and 10 websites per day! Blogging also helps me contextualize and house different post and articles together and add my own take on the matters for future reference.

Filtering Signals from Noise
During my pre-blogging days I used to backflip (www.backflip.com) any article that seemed interesting and read them later. Through that process I gathered more noise than signals. Now I first backflip the interesting articles and posts, read them later and then blog the stuff which are really interesting.

Directed thought process
There are 3 different mindsets in action when we read something (borrowed from Stephen Downes) Refer, Research and Reflect. Blogging allows me to support all of them. I cross refer different posts and articles, dig deeper following the infinite hyper-linked web world (also by googling ), and reflect by adding my own viewpoint.

Socialization
Blog is a proven social tool, I don’t need to talk more about that. It’s amazing how smoothly the thoughts tend to flow form one post to another. Trackback and auto-pinging are two wonderful tools provided by MT. Sometime it even works as a matchmaker service, in the thought- process of course! I blogged two different posts with auto-ping; the next day I found out one is referring another in a new post!

By the power of RSS
In the first point I mentioned visiting 20 blogs. It definitely seems quite time consuming, but actually it take less than half an hour! Beside FeedReader I am also thankful to RSS to JS converter made by Maricopa Learning eXchange. I build my own RSS feed page of my favorite blog sites. I will make it public after some minor face-lifts.

More than all of above I am having a great time blogging. My wife doesn’t have to suffer my chatterbox of wanton thoughts and reflections — I blog them!
Let the quest continue.

Written by anol

April 5th, 2004 at 11:32 am

Posted in Featured, Social Media

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