A personal Wiki is first and foremost a way for you to get your notes, thoughts, info and expertise into a viscous format. Viscous as in flowing. Flowing first from you to your future self, and secondly to others for gleaning. If you organize it for others, it may lose it's daily useability. The SearchPage? will take care of browing issues for the audience, and once you've got enough information stored you can then create GuidedTours? and PrettyFormats?. For now, focus on ultra-handy-information. What about clutter? WikiGardening? is the term and metaphor given the refactoring data to info, from notes to a lightweight-document, summarizing comments, and organizing contents. It's smart to do a little bit "while your there" editing a page, and other times a more aggressive section-wide refactoring. Most things on a Wiki are "drafts" intended to be polished when someone requests a formal document. Other metaphors include "Electronic Whiteboard" and "Lightweight Documentation."

What is here is browsable by all (within your community...be it WWW, or intranet), but seperate so it won't cloud up common and project areas. This allows you to link to that information, and reference your and others stuff from those commons.

Examples

http://notes.demo.zwiki.org/

Things to Configure

Identity Settings

SiteName?, JournalPrefix?, HeaderIcon?

Pages views and formats

HeaderModifications?, FooterModifications?, WikiStyleSheet?

Mail settings

If you want this Wiki subscribable, you should set yourself up as the value for "mailout_from" in the folder properties. (URL to site + /manage, then edit Properties on the folder.) You'll then get cc:'d on all outgoing comments, and may want to use Outlook Rules to route the messages.

Note: Add note that after upgrade we'll need to add info for customizing the subject line.

Things to include:

Pre-Set

WebLogs? / Journal / Daily Notes

This is the convenient way to drop notes into a Wiki. Use this to note interesting things you've read, learned, milestones, version control labels, curiosities and future intentions.

Formal WebLogs? products usually allow for Stories and Individual Notes. These seem to be along the line of ""Memo to Community" style. It takes less momentum than a plain-static HTML web site to get these rolling, but more than terse journaling, and many times more suited for a huge (web) audience and written around a few specific topics. In an intranet environment it may be more approrpriate to put these in a specific page, or commons and note the existance (and inspiration, context, background) in the WebLogs?.

Journals are more sporadic and less descriptive. These seem to be along the lines of "Note to Self...", but "Notes for Posterity" is sounds more appropriate. In my experience I found I needed to Journal more in an intranet setting.

Reviewing these entries every week or so is healthy. Here you expand and giving Update: ___ notes to items, respond to coments, and move follow-up information out to other pages. WikiBadges may help here in and post-process, but pages such as "RainyDayStuff?", "StudyMe?", "ActionItem?" and "FollowUp?" help. These pages can be your dumping ground for these items and also include a search script which returns all page names including that term (sorted by date...FeatureCreap?!).

[Calendar]?

Just as a Wiki will not (and should not) replace email, you probably can't break free from your iCal, Palm or community based Lotus or Exchange server calendar. For me this is primarily a list of "Where I'm going to be.", and secondly reminders and what-not.

[Tasks]? or [Reminders]?

This is a good one for the FrontPage inclusion. This serves first as "What I'm working on.", then reminders and action items.

Discussion Area

This will serve as an all purpose discussion area for folks to query, comment, or refer you to stuff you may find interesting.

BlogRoll? / WebFavorites?

List of places you visit. A BlogRoll? is a way Weblogger's note which blogs they read on a daily basis, and also serves as a bit of a "favorites" list. In this context it primiarily gives you a handy way to hit your favorites, and share with others what resources you might recommend.

Pages for your specialities and interests

This will serve as a beacon to others of your interests, and provide a place for them to learn from you while also dropping you URLs? and other goodies which you may be interested in.

TextDump?

A web-server is quite handy when needing to move text from one machine to another. It takes care of line-encodings, and may even auto-link that link someone asked you for. Much easier than dropping a bit of text into a file, then saving to some locale.


Comments:

FlorianKonnertz, 2003/01/10 20:03 GMT (via web):
PersonalWiki meets PublicWiki?

I like this explanation very much. It sounds good and is well formulated. - My concerns are especially the problems one meets when organizing one's PersonalWiki for the internet community. It's very important to be conscious for whom one maintains the pages, the amount of work is VERY different. In this sense the SubWikiExampleTwo is related.