This blog is based on the concept of the commonplace book, which I discovered in the early oughts (00’s). You know those Moleskine notebooks that everyone who was anyone used back then? Oh, I still see them in Barnes & Noble. Even in this digital age, thinkers continue to find uses for them. Any blank book or journal will serve the same purpose of a Moleskine. But I appreciate the quality of construction and the heft of the lined pages of this brand. Being the paper and writing enthusiast that I am, I went online for ideas in setting up my newfound organizing accessory. Yes, the very idea of owning a Moleskine elevates it from tool to accessory. My search introduced me to the commonplace book which dates back to the 17th century. What was missing was a way to merge the management of my digital data and resources.
I’m an archivist by nature. When I decided to resume blogging, I mulled over the possible topics I would cover and my collection of bookmarks related to them. A digital commonplace is my preference over navigating through bookmark folders — or worse, browser tabs — in search of relevant data. The foundation of my personal digital commonplace consists of links nestled within my narrative about a subject. It adds a commentary feature to bookmarking. The contents of the STUDIO will run the gamut from Christianity and topical Bible Studies to recipes, genealogy, decluttering (a by-product of the necessary evil of this day — information overload), etc.
Considering my appreciation for the commonplace book, there was no question that “commonplace” would be part of my blog name. I started with a private online commonplace (much like a journal or diary). Then I decided to launch a CommonPlace STUDIO — the concept being that a studio is a blank slate limited only by the imagination of the person using it. It sharpens my blogging technique while I develop my genealogy blog. Here is where I’ll track topics, study materials, and current subjects of interest to write some of my posts and pages. Yes, there’s a degree of geekiness to it; but any data collector will readily identify with my method.
PostScript: Wonder of wonders! My research for this post has rekindled my Moleskine lust. Note to Self: Support development of a CommonPlace STUDIO with a new traditional commonplace book. Hmmm . . . Seems I’ve come full-circle.