January 27, 2002

Commonplace book

Lance Knobel points out that Web journals serve the same function as the old commonplace book, where people in the 18th and 19th century copies out passages they wanted to remember. (Before libraries, good bookstores, and amazon, making notes was terribly important; if you didn't copy something down, you might never see it again)

It's a wonderful image, connecting web logs to the age of Jefferson and helping to dispell the popular image of the web journal as self-indulgence. Thanks, Steve Vore.

Vore has a nifty, informative web log, but really needs to add a little information about who he is. It's a genre convention, and so I found its absence jarring; besides, when you write about management, readers like to know what you manage!