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‘As with writing, blogging is not simply formulating in words an idea already developed in one’s mind. It is also about connecting, developing and redefining half-baked ideas. When writing, I often go through the weblog archives to explore connections with what is already there. Reading and rereading what I wrote before shapes and changes what I’m about to write: I often find something unexpected or see patterns only in retrospect’.Efimova (2009. p 70)
Fig. 1. Dr Lilia Efimova – her Phd thesis is on blogging to support knowledge management in the workplace.
- Somewhere to “park” emerging insights until the moment they are needed. Efimova (2009. p 75)
- Doesn’t require much effort
- Somewhere to park ideas
- Reading and engaging with others to become aware of issues and themes
- Topics accumulate and connections grew and things become clearer.
- A set of sense-making practices
- “Everyday grounded theory” Efimova (2009. p. 75)
- Connecting multiple fragments
- Getting into the writing flow
- Strengthened by readers’ feedback
- A channel for distribution
- Publication additional motivation to document emergent ideas
- A legitimate place to share thinking in progress
- -ve when the need is to be extremely selective and focused. Efimova (2009. p. 80)
- To collect in one place the fragmented bits relevant to my thinking Efimova (2009. 3.5.4)
- Clusters of conversations
- Conversations unfolding
- A personal space and a community space simultaneously.
- A personal narrative used to articulate and to organise one’s own thinking. (conversation with self. p 90?) around 4.3
- An example of hypertext conversation. Efimova (2009. p. 129)
- Weblogs provide a space that helps both to develop one’s own point of view and discuss it with others.
- Bloggers present their ideas to the world, readers learn from them. Efimova (2009. p. getting things done. staying in touch)
- low-threshold creation of entries
- a flexible and personally meaningful way to organise and maintain them
- opportunities to retrieve, reuse and analyse blog content
- opportunities to engage with others.
- fitted in while working on something else
- providing a way to keep abreast of others ideas
- capturing ones’ own emergent insights
- clarifying matters for a public
- over time ideas on a topic accumulate and connections between them become clearer.
- feedback from readers turns blogging into a sense-making practice
- eventually an ideas is ‘ripe’ and ready to become part of a specific task.
Efimova (2008. p. 208)
Autoenthnography Or, how to write something of substance.
From Richardson (2000) via Lilia Efimova (2009. p. 39)
I’ve taken the view, with a lifetime of keeping a diary and 14 years blogging that I write whatever comes to mind as I put pen to paper or fingertips to the keyboard. There is a better way:
Does this piece contribute to our understand of social life? Does the writer demonstrate a deeply grounded (if embedded) human world understanding and perspective?
Does this piece succeed aesthetically? Does the use of creative analytical practices open up the text, invite interpretive responses? Is the text artistically shaped, satisfying, complex, and not boring?
How did the author come to write this? How was the information gathered? Ethical issues? How has the author’s subjectivity been both a producer and a product of this text?
Is there an adequate self-awareness and self-exposure for the reader to make judgements about the point of view? Do authors hold themselves accountable to the stands of knowing and telling of the people they have studied?
Does this affect me? Emotionally? Intellectually? Generate new questions? Move me to write? Move me to try new research practices? Move me to actions?
Does this text embody a fleshed out sense of lived-experience? Does it seem “true” – a credible account of a cultural, social, or communal sense of the “real”?
Richardson, L. (2000). Evaluating ethnography. Qualitative Inquiry, 6 (2), 253-255
- In what way(s) will I be a knowledge worker in my field of interest in the future (aaronvbblog.wordpress.com)
- Blog Cases from 2005: Jack Vinson on Knowledge Management (billives.typepad.com)
- Mathemagenic blog networking study (billives.typepad.com)
Fig. 1. George Siemens on how he manages information on the internet
I’d express it differently. I’d visualise concentric circles, a whirlpool or spiral. Perhaps a Catherine-Wheel? I have kept a diary since 1975 and a blog since 1999. These serve multiple purposes – by default I am the family archivist. My own interest is in the ‘Digital Brain’ – how to enhance memory recall, idea creation, problem solving and knowledge sharing. I think each person needs to find their own behaviour. Just as my desk is tidy, with things in drawers, a shelf or in the bin, my wife’s study is (from my perspective) akin to the bin – nothing ever comes out that goes in. We dare not mess with each other’s spaces.
I blog the lot. I use the blogs as e-portfolios – tagged and titled the stuff is there. As soon as possible I blogify this content into a thought, or flesh out and credit any notes. I aim to avoid copyright by holding such content locked, citing stuff I do use and writing a good deal of fresh content myself.
I never believed in the chronology of the blog. Even in 2001 my blog was sorted by theme, not year or month or day. Once I got to 500 entries I added an ‘Enter@Random’ button and expected each entry, even if written daily, to stand alone. I’d learn from keeping a diary what a bore those can be unless you can find the juicy bits i.e. titles, tags and themes.
I’m currently on a journey of reflection through 33 months of studying with the Open University – some 2000 blog posts maintained as an e-portfolio, student’s diary, activity-collator, assignment preparation, shared reflection, community-chat, journal, student socialising mind-dump.
A self-constructed resource that like the Livingstone Daisy opens its petals when I shine a light on it – I thought I could pick through key educators, authors and influencers from this in an hour or so, I find it is taking days. Then again, picking through 500,000 – 1 million words (wild estimate based on my blogging habits of the last decade).
I rarely look at my diaries and never reread for at least 15 years. The process of uploading to a blog sounds like a retirement activity – but I’ll never retire. A tin box and bury them in the garden then?
Uncertainty is the degree to which a number of alternatives are perceived with respect to the occurrence of an event and the relative probabilities of these alternatives.
One kind of uncertainty is generated by an innovation defined as an idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by an individual or another unit of adoption.
An innovation presents an individual or an organisation with a new alternative or alternatives as well as new means of solving problems.
However, the probability that the new idea is superior to previous practice is not initially known with certainty by individual problem solvers.
Thus, individuals are motivated to seek further information about the innovation in order to cope with the uncertainty that it creates.
Information about an innovation is often sought from peers, especially about their subjective evaluations of the innovation. This information exchange about a new idea occurs through a convergence process involving interpersonal networks. The diffusion of innovations is essentially a social process in which subjectively perceived information about a new idea is communicated from person to person. The meaning of an innovation is thus gradually worked out through a process of social construction.
Rogers E E Diffusion of Innovations (2005)
Getting a new idea adopted, even when it has obvious advantages, is difficult. Many innovations require a lengthy period of many years from the time when they are widely adopted. Therefore, a common problem for many individuals and organisations is how to speed up the rate of diffusion of an innovation.’
‘The rate of adoption of the innovation did not reach a critical mass, after which the diffusion process would have become self-sustaining.’
The process in which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system. It is a special type of communication, in that the messages are concerned with new ideas. Communication is a process in which participants create and share information with one another in order to reach a mutual understanding.
Diffusion is a special type of communication in which the messages are about a new idea. This newness of the idea in the message content gives diffusion its special character. The newness means that some degree of uncertainty is involved in diffusion.
Uncertainty is the degree to which a number of alternatives are perceived with respect to the occurrence of an event and the relative probability of these alternatives. Uncertainty implies a lack of predictability, of structure, of information. Information is a means of reducing uncertainty
Information is a difference in matter-energy that affects uncertainty in a situation where a choice exists among a set of alternatives (Rogers & Kincaid, 1981). A technological innovation embodies information and thus reduces uncertainty about cause-effect relationships in problem solving.
An innovation is an idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by an individual or other unit of adoption. P12
The perceived newness of the idea for the individual determines his or her reaction to it. If an idea seems new to an individual, it is an innovation.
Newness of an innovation may be expressed in terms of knowledge, persuasion, or a decision to adopt.
Of being ‘innovation-orientated’ rather than ‘client-orientated.’
Rogers, E, E. , (Diffusion of Innovations. 2005)
- Diffusion of Innovations (com120.wordpress.com)
- Are Kids Technology’s New Early Adopters? (bigthink.com)