Katherine Wilson writes about how she underestimated blogging when she got started:
At the start I underestimated what it could be used for. It’s a database, a diary, a place to jot down notes that don’t fit anywhere else, a place to stake out your research territory, a self-promotion tool, an information bank, an ideas exchange, a support community, a progress-log, a device for self-discipline, confidence-tracker, a complaints department, a file storage system.
I have had a personal web page since I started studying informatics back in 1997, and have very slowly moved over to blogging as the main activity on my web page. As Katherine is writing, I also find it interesting using my blog as a public research diary.