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 found something that is possible, to my knowledge, only here. Something which is finally not about collecting, but rather constant redefining.
When running a project I, naturally, add blocks to a relative channel. Seeing which channels others connect these blocks to sometimes opens up unnoticed dimensions of the topic.
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