Capturing and Organizing Information

Filed under: Personal,Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: September 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm;

I like to stay informed on various topics:  Some examples are RSS and Website planning, design, construction, promotion, and maintenance.

These are the steps I use.

I create a Blog to hold the information for each topic.  I have a blog for

  • RSS
  • Website Planning
  • Website Design
  • Website Construction
  • Website Promotion
  • Website Maintenance
  • I use Blogger because I like to use certain tools, but most blog services have comparable tools.
  • I do not write the blogs, these are where I store references.  They are link blogs.

I subscribe to information sources about the topics.

  • Google Alerts
  • RSS Feeds
  • Twitter

When I read the sources and want to remember a source, I add the source to the appropriate blog.

  • I use the Google Toolbar “Send to Blogger”
  • I add my comments
  • It is immediately added to the appropriate blog.
  • I think about it as creating index cards for a term paper in the days before we used the Internet.
  • It captures the link, a summary, and my comments.
  • It takes the same amount of effort as bookmarking, but it has more benefits.

Periodically, I go through the blogs, summarize the information, and update my website.

Some side benefits

  • The Blogs have RSS Feeds that I send to twitter which sometimes elicits comments
  • I put Adsense on the blogs and make a little bit of money.
  • I add a custom Google search so I can search all the blogs when I am trying to find something.

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