dreaming of an Are.na comment section where people copy quotes from PDF blocks that are important to them — the comment section becomes a shared commonplace book
using Are.na as a way to practice amateur scholarship + librarianship, being a generous scribe
a question strewn about, somewhere: what are the limits of this tool and how can I embrace them? How can my use of this tool be a gift for others looking to develop their own practices of learning and caring
as this block notes, curating knowledge is a habit/skill/practice that's become much more prominent & important.
but i wonder how can our use of explanatory, contextual info better tell the story of how we gather these artifacts and bits of knowledge? is there a way to tell the story of the gathering process? (maybe this is me telling myself that i should develop an Are.na user guide asap — first priority before i start using it)
thinking about conversations with folks on IG about archives, how cautious (if at all) should we be when curation morphs into fact fetishism?
to what extent is the curator an author — need taste be credited to recognize people who happen to see something first? how does this relate to our larger remix culture (and maybe even the much looser crediting conventions when we share memes)
this also has me thinking about the amount of stuff that i instinctively upload here — how can i set boundaries with this tool/platform, or rather — how can i create limitations, a set of guiding principles for my use of Are.na when being premium means i have a virtually "unlimited" number of blocks?
a place where i put the things i have found or things I've already found but wish i had bookmarked before and now i am book marking them here in a few themed channels and i often return when i have a thought and there was that one article and i go and find it so its really for me but then at times i share a channel with someone i work with and say "this is where i'm at, you?" i also just like the transparent nature of sharing what i'm looking at while making an attempt to understand my interests in becoming a better human
Last April we did cleaning day / spring cleaning… this year I am going to turn all of my channels green for the spring season. I want things to cross pollinate, grow, and get messy.
Last year was about order and tidying up, I want this year to be about joyful chaos.
Please add blocks to my channels! I am going to make an effort to add more blocks to green channels - its something I have been unconsciously timid about in the past (don’t want to mess up a good channel, don’t want to overstep, etc.)
Whenever I hop on are.na there's this big dopamine rush going through my head. There's almost too much cool stuff on here I don't know where to stop looking or when to commit to my inspirations. After an hour the high comes down and turns into a headache, how can I make anything as good as the things I find here?
I have a Chrome plugin and I use as a dumpster for things that I might, but probably won't come back to. Usually articles, software that looks useful
I don't do "research", I don't explore other people's material, I don't use "Search" in general.
I have this weird thing where I feel like every time I want to create a new channel I ask myself why and then I ask if there are any channels right now that I'm not nurturing or contributing to very much or don't see myself connecting blocks to in the near term future. I try to delete one channel in the process of making a new one so that don't get into a habit of having 100s of channels with very few blocks in them (by very few I mean, less than 5?). Sometimes I wonder if a +1 channel, -2 channels, strategy would also work well or better for me but just a thought?!
Are.na is where I persist my external memories.
Channel Tagging Scheme:
🛠️ = Project
📝 = Writing Topic
📖 = Writing Collection
📑 = Interest
🏚️ = Research: Homelessness/Nomadism
🔍 = Generic Research
🙇 = Interesting People
@ = Shared with me by