Most often we write a blog post when we have something to say we want the world to read. However, there is another use for blogs that often goes overlooked, as a platform simply for archiving information you may need to retreive later.
Because blogs archive by date and subject (if you use a platform that allows for categories), they can become a repository for info you might want to come back to later. I’ve done that numerous times on my blogs.
If you feel it’s information that might not be useful to readers at-large, consider starting a “private” blog. Typepad, for example, allows you to password protect your blog to keep it hidden.
Some examples of how this might be used:
- Calendar. You can future date your posts to remind you of meetings, phone calls you need to make, important dates you need to remember, etc.
- To-do list. I won’t tell you what I use to keep my daily todo list. Suffice it to say, it’s very low-tech!
- Links to websites/articles. Of course, you could bookmark it in your browser, but uses those really.
- Blotter for notes. Maybe an idea hits you that you’d like to hold in abeyance until you have time to give it further thought. A blog is a great repository for that sort of information.
- Books. We all have books just waiting to be read. A blog is a good place to keep a list, and even prioritize a reading schedule.
- Client Info. Keep essential information on clients, and updates on contacts, etc. Use the comments function as a way to record contacts with them.
- Project management. Keep notes on projects you’re working on or plan to work on.
You might have some other ideas for ways blogs can be used that may not fit the most popular applications. If so, feel free to comment.