Can weblogs and wikis be merged?

This is my blog post in response to this post by Mike Caulfield.

I personally think it is better for weblogs and wikis to remain separate entities on the web. They’re very much polar opposites and, while not impossible, I find it hard to imagine a good way for them to merge that doesn’t debunk the properties that make each of them unique. While the concept of collaboration could work well between them, a full-on merge seems very hard for me to picture.

A weblog, depending on how the owner formats and uses it, tends to be a very personal thing. Personal voice plays a big part in it. It works by adding new pages and thus new information or insights into the blog. If you take out these things, you destroy what makes a weblog a weblog.

A wiki is a continually-growing volume on knowledge about whatever subjects said wiki is about. Not only are new pages added but old ones are reformatted and added to. Personal voice in nonexistent, stating facts and figures and valuable information on the subject with as little bias as possible. If you take out these things, you destroy what makes a wiki a wiki.

Wikis and weblogs are polar opposites in terms of their format and values. Personal voices versus factual bias-less knowledge. New pages versus old pages. To remove these different factors would destroy key parts of these different internet functions.

Again, I could possibly see a collaboration between the two working out, once certain kinks that differentiate them are decided upon. A complete merging of them, unless I’m missing something crucial, seems very unlikely to me to be successful. Not impossible, just difficult to image and, if I’m right, just as difficult to put into action.

This is just my view on it, though. Not looking to state what’s right or wrong, just putting out my opinion on it.

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