The thought of being capable of managing my own knowledge have always been present, in some way. It was, in fact, one of the main reasons I started this blog: I wanted to store my ideas, yes, but I wanted some place to store everything created from the development of such ideas. I was starting to store part, a little part, of my knowledge on a moleskine notebook. But it was all based on this blog’s theme: people, behavior, psychology.
The rest of my mind have been kept in, figuring a way out through notes apps, sketches, photos, all stored in different places, even physically and virtually speaking. I wasn’t even near an answer until I found out about the concept of “Personal Wiki“.
You can read the article on wikipedia. Basically, a wiki is a set of pages, with the ability to link to one another, all based in showing information relating specific topics. Wikipedia is the “great” wiki, made to be used by anyone to build a massive encyclopedia. Now, a personal wiki is something else.
It’s about you, about your personal knowledge.
Think about it as a book about you… Or even if time lets you, several book about you. Don’t take the egocentric approach in this one. Look at it thinking you could have everything related to you in one place. Places you’ve visited, movies you’ve watched, childhood memories, information about other people (personal kind of information like what does that person like to talk about and what topics seem forbidden or that sort of things). The whole concept really amazed me (I can’t find a better word… Not at 5:30 in the morning).
I know you can organize your life using different methods. One of them being using lists and reminders, and that sort of things. But that makes you life the present: “I should be reminded to do something, I’ll do it then”. It’s not the words but the attitude; you’re making your life be a giant omnipresent and never-ending To-do list. I don’t want that, and neither should you.
With some way of organizing one’s knowledge, to let it be readable at any time, makes you actually know about you. It’s said that only you know yourself better than anyone else. Perhaps it’s not truth, but regardless of that, you don’t know everything about yourself. Unless you have “hyperthymesia”, you probably know a lot about yourself, but remember like a 10%… Which leads to not know everything there is about yourself.
So, storing that knowledge, to be able to read it, could be beneficial, am I wrong?