๐Ÿ“‘ The Memex Method

Bookmarked The Memex Method | Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com by Cory Doctorow | Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com (craphound.com)

Blogging isnโ€™t just a way to organize your research โ€” itโ€™s a way to do research for a book or essay or story or speech you donโ€™t even know you want to write yet. Itโ€™s a way to discover what your future books and essays and stories and speeches will be about.

In this reading of his Medium piece, Cory Doctorow reflects upon the power of blogging as a digital commonplace book.

Every day, I load my giant folder of tabs; zip through my giant collection of RSS feeds; and answer my social telephones โ€” primarily emails and Twitter mentions โ€” and I open each promising fragment in its own tab to read and think about.
If the fragment seems significant, Iโ€™ll blog it: Iโ€™ll set out the context for why I think this seems important and then describe what it adds to the picture.

These repeated acts of public description adds each idea to a supersaturated, subconscious solution of fragmentary elements that have the potential to become something bigger. Every now and again, a few of these fragments will stick to each other and nucleate, crystallizing a substantial, synthetic analysis out of all of those bits and pieces Iโ€™ve salted into that solution of potential sources of inspiration.

Thatโ€™s how blogging is complimentary to other forms of more serious work: when youโ€™ve done enough of it, you can get entire essays, speeches, stories, novels, spontaneously appearing in a state of near-completeness, ready to be written.

This builds on a previous piece in which Doctorow unpacks his daily process.

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