Greg Hruby of Minnesota USA writes
I read a local newspaper article about student athletes spending far more of their time playing in traveling leagues, regular leagues, special tournaments -- to the point that coaches and parents were beginning to wonder if the students spent any time learning and practicing the fundamentals of their sport. Then I find myself reading your article on blogging.
It got me thinking: how often have I read a blog that was rife with succinct analysis, articulate detail or a rational coherent argument? Rarely. It's more like the 'F' in Strawberries.
Some time ago, I replied to an upFront article about the ability to automatically produce 3D CAD files. My general comment was that the creation of tools to simplify that process was not a guarantee of better design; it was a guarantee of only one thing: more design. The likelihood of producing elegant and detailed (in 3D!) rubbish is geometrically expanded.
Genius is not a fixed percentage of the population; it's truly original. More rubbish does not equate to more genius. Blogs are another tool that permit the dedicated egocentrics (I'm writing this, so yes I qualify) among us to spend more time trying play the game without ever practicing the fundamentals.
If you are really looking for an area of the untapped 'blogononmy' (my term for the intellectual capitol available to be published as blogs) then seek retirees. In this particular instance, retired CEOs. They have more flexibility (no boardroom approval required) to discuss the theories that they applied to their businesses. Their career records will either illustrate the point or its counter.
Let the pre-retirement kids continue practicing the game. Once they begin to blog, they have to lock themselves into a theory and defend it vigorously. If they deviate -- whoa! They are admitting fallibility and poor decision-making, something that corporations cannot tolerate (the ADMISSION of, not the actual poor decision).
Blogging by active employees, then, is not a communication tool, it's a competency test whose results linger for years. No employee left behind! Who needs that everyday.