A personal wiki is like a regular wiki but personal, only one person can edit it.
You’ll notice that you yourself are on a personal wiki.
There isn’t much to be said about this topic that hasn’t already been said.
I was planning to use MediaWiki for this wiki, but it turned out to be an even bigger pain in the ass to install than I previously anticipated.
I don’t recommend MediaWiki for personal wikis. DokuWiki is the better option for a personal wiki, it’s what I’m using now.
If you don’t want other people to see your personal wiki, or you’d like to build it up first before “publishing.” Then I recommend WikidPad or DokuWiki on a stick.
There is a difference in tone and presentation between the various personal wikis I’ve looked through.
Currently, it looks to me like there are 2 main wikis that the rest are inspired from.
Shii and 0037. Where those derived from Shii tend to be more professional, have more sources and keep the tone formal-ish. Those derived from 0037 tend to have “cruder” language, they have less sources and overall they feel more blog-like.
This is entirely just an idea I’ve had and there’s basically very little evidence.