Last week, I started a new experimental blog, an online commonplace book.
It is called Particles, but the name is yet to convince me. Nevertheless, it has been a fun week using it and I’ll be reporting its usability over the next few weeks or, hopefully, months.
The idea of a commonplace book started back in the 15th century, as Wikipedia tells us. I see it as a knowledge journal, a personal book where people would write all sorts of things they learned or wanted to remember: recipes, poems, quotes, advice. Or, in my case: articles, videos, bookmarks.
A commonplace book is always a work in progress. But, because of that, it was a great way to store and trace knowledge, to remember facts and to learn more effectively.
I will be posting much more frequently on Particles. It is a scrapbook, after all. But my longer posts will still be published here.
Visiting the About page will tell you more about how I stumbled into this idea, who inspired me to do my own, and what exactly I will be posting on that blog.
All of this is part of a bigger effort to eventually join the Indie Web, a campaign that advocates for everyone to create their own personal domain where they can publish all their personal information, and from where they can later share (syndicate) to social media and other third-party services. The idea is to have more ownership and control of the data we produce.
“[Commonplace Book], [late 17th Century]” published by “Beinecke Flickr Laboratory”. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Accessed 26 October 2018. https://www.flickr.com/photos/brbl/2436039911
P.S. Special thanks to University of Melbourn Copyright blog for reminding me how to appropriately cite a Flickr image and for making me laugh along the way.