The February 3 issue of the E-zine Tips e-newsletter discusses how Weblogs can be used by publishers: “Blogs are a godsend for email publishers who use them to store all the great material they find between editions or that didn’t fit in the current edition,” editor Janet Roberts writes. Although Janet’s example is focused on e-newsletter publishers, I think she’s on to something: Using Weblogs as “personal idea blogs.” In this role, the blog is something like a journal, in the sense that you can do a “mental core dump” into your blog and quickly store your thoughts, ideas and inspirations very efficiently. What makes an idea blog different than a normal blog is that it is private -– you probably wouldn’t share it with the public or even one’s close circle of friends, as most Weblogs are.
A personal idea blog can become your very own knowledge base, a searchable repository of ideas, inspirations and dreams that you can tap into at any time. Popular Weblog tools include Blogger (available in free and paid versions) and Radio Userland. Blogger is available in free as well as paid versions. Radio Userland costs $39.95. And there are dozens of other Weblog programs and hosting services available.
It only takes a few minutes to open up a free, hosted account at the Blogger Web site. So why not begin experimenting with Weblogs today as a personal idea capture tool?