A blogging conundrum that I have come across a couple of times…
I posted a few days ago about card sorting tools. At the time, I had worked through the first few steps in a couple of tools and blogged initial results. Now I’ve done the sort and entered the data and would like to report back on what I found.
There are two ways to do this – edit the first entry or write a new entry.
Now what I decide to do depends on the nature of blogging and how we use blog-based information. Initial blogging is a time-based thing. Write something, people point to it and comment on it within a couple of days. But content is an ongoing thing. I write things like this to provide value not for 3 days in my lifetime, but for longer term value.
This first came unstuck for me the first time I found a URL from my blog in a book and realised that this was all too real. I effectively couldn’t change here without breaking someone’s book (I place strangely high value on books – I can’t bend a corner and wouldn’t dream of writing anything except my name in one). I didn’t care about breaking google – it would repair eventually, but breaking a book!
If I perceive blogging as write and throw away, I should post a new entry now and not worry about the fact that everyone will repeat their inward links, and future readers will have two posts to read. I guess that many bloggers percieve blogging this way – a lot don’t have any categorisation beyond date-based, which makes it difficult to find older stuff, and makes me feel that anything off the home page is perceived as having little value.
If I perceive blogging as longer-value content, I should update the initial post, and not worry about the fact that inward links may not match and that comments may seem strange.
I managed to avoid this with maadbooks – although it uses a blog tool, and has an RSS feed, a lot of the design is based on some sort of content solidity. For example, I haven’t bothered with date-based navigation as it is irrelevant, and have used subject-based nav instead.
But I haven’t sorted out what to do here What do you think?