A commonplace book is simply a notebook where, traditionally, a reader would write down quotes, notes, and juicy tidbits of trivia. Such notebooks were also useful for life-long learners and writers. Here is a link to a Pinterest page with examples of traditional “commonplacing”.
In a contemporary context “commonplacing” can go beyond books and into the cyber realm. Facebook is a prime example of this. Our Facebook pages are often filled with quotes, notes, and tidbits from all over the internet. The problem with Facebook though is that we often cannot find that cool quote or interesting video that we came across months earlier.
So I decided that I would use a blog to keep track of some my notes. I cannot decide how to proceed. I don’t really want to clutter up this blog with all of my notes, so I may create a private blog to organize my “clippings” and then present selected cool stuff here. I suppose I could do this with Pinterest but I just don’t want to have yet another social media platform to monitor.
What made me decide to do this? I came across a Youtube video this morning of Stephen King being interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Aside from the humor and the poking of fun at the current WH administration, Mr. King gave a little insight into his creative process. I will be bookmarking this in Youtube, but I will keep it here as well as my first entry in my online commonplace book.