About "I'm blogging this - A closer look at why people blog" (via Lilia), 5 nuggetts and related personal comments linking weblogs and innovation:
1- Blogs are often thought to be mundane and superficial. Yet, as Nardi writes
Many of the blogs we analyzed combined thoughtful commentary on serious topics of general interest with revelations of deply personal experienceExactly. Blogging is often the easiest way to add your "two cents worth" on a publication, based on personal experience. If an article or a post resonates in the blogosphere, it doesn't necessarily mean that it attracted a large audience like a TV channel or a magazine, but that some people wanted to add something to it. Bloggers typically don't comment too much on someone's post. They rather backtrack it and enter a new post on their weblogs. Blogging is not so much about giving your opinion than about contributing. It's about dialogue more than about discussion.
2- People also blog to
get information to people who might probably miss itThe famous Trent Lott case is a good illustration of the role of weblogs as amplifiers of faint signals.
3- Blogging is also
for people for whom thinking and writing are basically synonymousor to put it differently, for people who are not satisfied with their thoughts unless they write them down in a coherent and logical form.
4- Blogging plays a role in community building. That's what we experienced with blogwalk 1.0. Blogs are natural community building tools for people whose practice is to write and comment on the writing of others: researchers, poets, journalists, and to a lesser extent sofware programmers... and who typically obtain recognition from their written work, which by the way is the major hurddle to overcome in business environments, where people typically write to cover their asses only. See my previous post on Blogs and CoPs
5- Blogging may bring some fame too!
certain poetry bloggers were "touchstones" of the community because they were known throughout the network and their blogs were regularly read and commented on. Same for research: look at Lilia, Jim, Judith and Sebastien