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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Blogs vs. Discussion Groups

The debate about blogs vs. discussion groups is heating up again between TrDev and Blogs vs. Listservs: Which is Better for Community Conversation? (Definitely read Emily's comment.)

If you are interested in this discussion, it's probably worth looking back at some prior posts on this topic such as:

There is still a lot of misunderstanding of what it's like to participate in a community of blogs. It really turns out that the functional capability of the two are fairly similar and you could likely create a very similar kind of conversation in each. However, the two have a tendancy to have different norms/culture emerge.

One thing I have experience myself is that a blog has been a much better personal learning tool than participating in discussion forums. It has also been a much better way for me to connect and build a relationship with other people (bloggers).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I responded on TRDEV to this, too, but I couldn't agree with you more, Tony. For me, blogs have been a much more satisfying and successful personal learning tool and a better way to connect to a community of practice that's interested in learning. That may not be true for all bloggers, depending on why they're blogging, but for me maintaining my blog has become one of the cornerstones of my personal and professional development.