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Of late, I am saving more and more privately. Some things are personal, while I am unsure about sharing reading notes/quotes.
Replied to Experimenting with Social Reading | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog by an author (Langwitches)
I am challenging you to experiment on your own around social reading. Take a book, such as A Guide to Document Learning and connect to other readers and to Janet Hale and me, as the authors. Be aware of your reading experience. What works? What does not? What are you having difficulty with? What are your social reading skills and fluency?
I find the idea of ‘social’ reading really interesting Silvia. It has long been a driver for me, sharing summaries and responses. In the past I did this on Twitter, but have since moved such interactions to my commonplace blog.

Something I am interested in investigating further is Kevin Hodgson and Ian O’Byrne are great proponenets of this.

Also on: Read Write Collect

Replied to Update: Creating and managing a lifestream as an Early Career Academic by an author (Linking Learning)
And so, the left-hand turn that I spoke about earlier is this. I will maintain this blog, but I will also maintain the Tumblr blog, and it is here that I will record my lifestream. I don’t expect anyone to be particularly interested in the lifestream – it really is a personal curation of bits and pieces that I have found interesting – but if you would like to see what it looks like, feel free to check it out at Finding the connections – no sign in is required. If you are on Tumblr, please feel free to follow! Although Tumblr gets a bad rap for dodgy and questionable content, used like this, I feel it is another creative and positive space that can be incorporated into my PLN.
Well done Kay. I think that you have conquered what I feel is the biggest challenge, the workflow. Even with all of Chris Aldrich’s suggestions, I have followed the path of manual til it hurts. I have always been unsure about depending on IFTTT.

I have documented my workflow here, although it is probably due for an update. I have also taken to using emojis to break the information (and feeds) up.

Liked How I Build My Common Place Book by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry
Creating a Navigable Rabbit Hole I only caught the tail end of the Common Place Book session at #IndieWeb camp online as it fell right during dinner.  Since I didn't get to share with everyone I thought I would lay out a few strategies in a quick post here and overtime"My Common Place Book" will t...
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What do you use for bookmarking? How do you use bookmarks?
I responded to Frank’s response to bookmarks and the realised that you had started the conversation.

I have been bookmarking on my (second) site for a while now. In the past I used Diigo, but I would save everything without much thought. I tinkered with Radio3, but it just did not work for what I was after.

I feel posting on my site has made me more conscious of what I save and share. I have progressively extended this too incorporating the various post kinds.

Before I save bookmarks, I use a combination of Pocket and Trello as a temporary store. I have documented this here.

Hope that helps.


Replied to A cabinet of bookmarks by Frank Meeuwsen (Digging the digital)
It is my way of public experimenting. I just try stuff on this blog and see where it goes, both in terms of my own satisfaction and reactions of my readers. Since my wife is a bit behind on my blog and I haven’t heard from my mum yet, I’m glad the other readers responded. Ton started his day with some musings on his bookmark-strategy (yes, that is a thing for people like us) that resonated some of the talks we had last week. Peter responded with his strategy on how to save bookmarks.
I have been bookmarking on my (second) site for a while now. In the past I used Diigo, but I would save everything without much thought. I feel posting on my site has made me more conscious of what I save and share. I have progressively extended this too incorporating the various post kinds. I look forward to seeing where your bookmarking takes you.
Replied to Some ideas about tags, categories, and metadata for online commonplace books and search by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
Then I ought to do a bit of clean up within the tags themselves which have gotten unwieldy and often have spelling mistakes which cause searches to potentially fail. I also find that some of my auto-tagging processes by importing tags from the original sources’ pages could be cleaned up as well, though those are generally stored in a different location on my website, so it’s not as big a deal to me.
It is interesting to read your thoughts Chris and reflect on my own habits. When I moved my main blog from Blogger to WordPress, I added four categories based on the work on ATC21s:

  • Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
  • Ways of working. Communication and collaboration
  • Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
  • Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility

I find it interesting to consider when writing, but never really utilise them to be honest. Tags continued as before, often involving a mixture of themes, topics and authors mentioned.

With my new ‘commonplace’ blog, I focused on three categories:

  • Responses
  • Contributions
  • Creations

In regards to tags, I try and restrict myself to three tags. Again, this is often a mixture of author, topics and themes.

I too suffer with some incorrect spellings which I too should fix up … one day.

I am interested in your process of auto-tagging? I sometimes copy the tags included in the ‘response properties’, but at the moment it just becomes another thing to copy. If you have a more automated process, I would be interested.

Replied to Keeping track of articles you want to read (Doug Belshaw's Thought Shrapnel)
I’d rather write about a few links rather than bookmark lots. I’ve all but given up on bookmarking, as it’s almost as quick to search the web for something I’m looking for as it is to search my bookmarks…
I find my ‘bookmarks’ are my personal itch. Although there are times when it is easy enough to search the web, there is something about the process of curating that helps me remember.

Although I have long left my Wikity, one of the practices that continues is the interlinking within my work. I often link back to other posts. I kind of see this sort of activity as about maintaining my memory.

I was really taken by this quote by Ryan Holiday:

As a researcher, you’re as rich as your database. Not only in being able to pull something out at a moment’s notice, but that that something gives you a starting point with which to make powerful connections. As cards about the same theme begin to accumulate, you’ll know you’re onto a big or important idea.