Mixing Blogs and Wikis

Starting since I discovered Wikis I’ve got the feeling that there should be a good mix possible between Wikis and blogs. The problem I have with my blog is that once the days pass, your post will “disappear”. They won’t really disappear, but just end up in the archive, which nobody is going to look at anyway. A solution I came up with is maintaining one post with some of the bigger articles in the articles section of my website. But it’s not really satisfying. Some posts don’t really fit the blog post format.

“Martin Fowler felt the same”:http://www.martinfowler.com/bliki/WhatIsaBliki.html:

I’ve been watching the blog scene develop for a while, and it’s impossible to not want to join in. But there are things I’m not so keen about blogs. For a start the name, as my colleague Mike Two puts it, “blog sounds like something I should pay a physician to remove”. Beyond the name, however, there’s the very ephemeral nature of blog postings. Short bursts of writing that might be interesting when they are read — but quickly age. I find writing too hard to want to spend it on things that disappear.

I have similar mixed feelings about wikis. I like the way they allow you to quickly put stuff together. But they can easily lead to long rambling sites. And I do like the fact that blogs make it easy to see what’s really changed recently — thanks to the hooks into RSS and aggregators.

So I decided I wanted something that was a cross between a wiki and a blog — which Ward Cunningham immediately dubbed a bliki. Like a blog, it allows me to post short thoughts when I have them. Like a wiki it will build up a body of cross-linked pieces that I hope will still be interesting in a year’s time.

His solution is called a bliki, you can find his “here”:http://martinfowler.com/bliki/.

Sometimes I want a place that I use to dump information and links on. I want others to be able contribute to that also. And easily link to it from my blog posts. Wikis are good for that. What I’m looking for, is a system that does both well. I’ve been looking at “TikiWiki”:http://tikiwiki.org, but that looks like overkill (and that’s an understatement). It’s a still a Wiki, but decorated like a christmas tree.

I’ll see if I can figure out a nice solution for this.