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A project blog is a type of weblog that records a project or a deliverable task, detailing the end goal, procedures and status updates. They promote sharing of tacit knowledge by narratively recording projects' research and development process on the Internet. Project blogs may also detail a hobby project to inspire others.
In its generic form, a blog lets a person record events and ideas freely as individual posts without a container to define their scope and to group them by different goals. Blog posts of various purposes are recorded and presented in a single linear thread. Categories may be used to separate blog posts into a hierarchical structure, but does not conceptually separate posts of different projects of the same category.
When a user has multiple concurrent projects to blog, the creation of multiple blogs prevents the mixing of different project posts into one thread, and groups them under one web address, encouraging circulation and thus knowledge sharing. Once a project finishes, the blog will be considered inactive and out-dated.
The project web concept is discussed in some detail in David Siegel's book "Secrets of Successful Web Sites", published in 1997. Fortunately the book's companion web site "The Project Site" has been archived for posterity. John Udell in 2001 was one of the first to talk about the importance of a project having a 'narrative' or story to tell via a project blog.
A basic project blog contains two sections:
- The header section contains the abstract, start date, proposed or actual end date and the current status of the project
- The milestones section contains a list of blog posts recording the background stories, development, ideas, research process and outcome of the project. Each of this Milestone post has a title, body text, date and comment section (for dialog with the blog visitors), as a regular blog post.
Unlike traditional project manuals which record proven deliverables with pre-defined designs and implementation procedures, a project blog records the developmental story of a project. During blogging, the project result, the most suitable procedures and timeline are still uncertain. With the only certainty of the determination to achieve the project goal, the project and blogging continues.
When the project develops, this uncertainty usually allows room for research and experiment which leads to knowledge creation. Project Blog encourages this type of tacit learning and the sharing of it by blogging, since "Narrative is one of the most powerful means" of expressing this kind of knowledge of experiential learning.
Linking up different projects and milestones from different project owners, particularly through tagging, accelerates this kind of knowledge creation. Project owners learn from others' stories, while the blog visitors transverse across different projects to gain collective learning.
- Siegel, David (1997). Secrets of successful Web sites : project management on the World Wide Web ([Repr.]. ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Hayden Books. ISBN 1568303823.
- "The Project Site".
- Udell, John. "Tangled in the Threads". HTML page. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Charlotte Linde (2001) Narrative and Social Tacit Knowledge. In Journal of Knowledge Management, Special Issue on Tacit Knowledge Exchange and Active Learning, 5 (2), 2001
- Henrik Schneider (2005) Rapid ICT Change and Workplace Knowledge Obsolescence: Causes and Proposed Solutions. Research Publication No. 2005-04, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
- Learning Technology Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 4, October 2006. (page 25) Learning Technology publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology (TCLT) ISSN 1438-0625