When I first thought about setting up a wiki on this site, I was thinking of the personal use I could make of it. A giant scrapbook, a place to brainstorm, to think about my dissertation topic, or post quick links.
Even before I had got the script running, though, another project had loomed up: make it a place where people visiting this site regularly can interact. Make it a place where we can have interesting discussions, and get a little community-feel.
But I didn’t forget my initial idea, which I found was fully developped in WikiAsPim.
I’ve been wanting to make my bookmarks available publicly for some time now. First of all for myself, so that I can have them handy whether I’m at work (Internet Explorer) or at home (Mozilla) or even at university (Mac and old Netscrape).
But also because every now and again, I spend a few hours doing what I call “web research”, and I often come up with collections of links on a given topic which I think a pity to just leave lying on my computer, once I’ve done with them. I don’t want to go through the trouble of putting them on a full-blown site page either, because they are often not topics I’m ferociously interested in.
So a wiki would be a great place to dump my bookmarks.