Who doesn’t like a good collection?
Surely everyone has just a little bit of the compulsive collector within them? For my husband it’s hardback books, preferably folio editions. My first passion is pebbles. Yes, I know it’s odd.
It started several decades ago in Greece on a back packing holiday. We found ourselves, one idyllic Hellenic afternoon, on an island beach littered with miniature works of art.
These silken-to-the touch pebbles, polished by the millennia, revealed their inner makings, small fossilised creatures, seaweed and sand. They were exquisite and I was in heaven. My long-suffering future husband was forced to carry the weight of my fossicking all over Greece, which is why I don’t complain about the book cases that now line our home.
As they’re topped with all sorts of containers full of pebbles, we’re both happy.
What does this have to do with blog curation?
Which by way of introduction, brings me to my new life’s passion. Web pages. Well, the internet really. What is the internet but a series of interconnected web pages? And now this passion has a name. Curating content. It gets better. We can all collect now as part of our daily work. I am returned to the heaven of that long ago afternoon in idyllic Greece.
The nightmare that is my desktop
Until yesterday, unlike the neatly arranged pebbles in our home, each a static testament to a moment or place, my collection of web pages has been erratic and hampered by inadequate technology.
Various browser windows scattered over the desktop, some with as many as 40 or 50 tabs open at any one go and dozens of folders each with hundreds of bookmarks, does not a good collection make.
I was on a quest to research various platforms others have mentioned, in particular Evernote. It was the mention of clipping web content that was intriguing.
Archiving the web for easy retrieval?
What if you could simply click a button to add a web page to your collection? If that then prompted a note page in which you could assess, precis or characterise the web page and then tag it, surely that would make for a well archived collection?
I tried it. Evernote, will soon become part of my daily online activities for other reasons, but I’m yet to be convinced of it’s web page retrieval system. It might deliver, but it would seem that Evernote and Firefox (my browser of preference), are not in accord. In the interim, my fossicking led me literally to a pearl, or trees of pearls.
What a concept. Quite beautiful in its simplicity. And the synergy between collecting pearls of wisdom, web pages and pebbles could not be ignored!
Pearltrees is a platform that literally allows you to drag and drop web pages into clusters of pearls. Like a mindmap of web pages all grouped appropriately and visually, so that in an instant you can see what the cluster is about and what each web page within that cluster’s title is.
For the content curator, Pearltrees is indeed heaven. As you are all going to be curating content before too long, I would recommend you have a play. Like all these platforms, they are never quite as innate as the intro video would have you believe. It took a few hours of playing to get it figured.
Keep thinking content curationto start your collection of pearls. If you aspire to authority within your industry, it’s not going away, as this video by Mari Smith so clearly demonstrates.
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