I started a Tumblr blog a few months ago and have been trying to figure out what role it takes in my life. My wife has asked me this numerous times to which I stumble for an answer.Last night it dawned on me: it is my commonplace book. I had never heard of one of these until I came across Luke Neff’s excellent Commonplace Book.

I have grown tired of writing great quotes on post-it notes and paper clipping cool pictures I come across.

Basically, my Tumblr is a place where I can post the randomness I come across while online. Most of this “stuff” does not fit in with education or anything like that. Rather, the “stuff” is more akin to scraps of knowledge, quote, photos, videos, songs, and other serendipitous randomness.


My Tumblr, Commonplace Book, has been refreshing in that I do not have to worry about a continuous theme or, interestingly, my voice.

I also like that I am not bookmarking sites that I will, in all likelihood, rarely return to peruse. With my Tumblr, I can go back and visually see and read what interested me in the past.

Lastly, and most importantly, I view it as a repository not only for knowledge I want to pass on to Jocelyn and Casen, but also remnants of my influences and personality.

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