Weird things happen when you go from thinking of your website as self expression to thinking about it as a model of your emerging thought — that memex-like collection of things you’ve read and thought and agreed with and disagreed with.
One of the things I do periodically is throw search terms at my Wikity site and see what comes back, to see if I’m thinking enough about issues I care about, or if I’m falling into just amplifying the things that pop up in my stream.
Today I popped in “colonialism” and was surprised to find I have nothing:
Looking at that, I know some of the reasons. While I am interested in colonialism and post-colonialism and how it intersects with issues I care about I (like 99% of the population) find the rhetoric and style of post-colonialist studies to be unbearable. (Don’t worry, I won’t argue that point here).
The real point is that not liking the style is not enough of a reason to not have cataloged important insights and ideas from that community. By periodically searching my cards I realize where I’m falling behind, where my learning gaps are, and I move to correct them. I can do that because this is my library of thought, not a newspaper expressing my latest opinion.