Does the Are.na channel name generator hint towards the fact that people on Are.na try to avoid one word channel names? Wanting to avoid endless amounts of channels with the same name? A sort of attempt in micro individualism if you will?
"Unlike most productivity tools, Are.na doesn't force you into a structure or measure your worth by checking boxes.
Instead, Are.na helps you develop ideas organically through associative thinking.
Simple collections link together into expansive networks, creating a shared archive of many kinds of knowledge. It's all free for you to use for your own purposes."
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It lets you build simple collections of content by adding links and files of any kind. Connect ideas with other people by collaborating privately or building public collections for everyone.
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I would love to upload and share my bookmarks collection with the Are.na community.
I enjoy organizing my bookmarks a lot. Its a simple folder structure and I can create as many subdirectories as I want.
Why are there no subdirectories on Are.na?
I get the idea of channels being centered around one certain idea. But what If what I am working on is more than one idea? Like a project or a broader field of "research" which contains a lot of different things which relate to each other. Of course I can create a channel which contains other channels but that will clutter my Index view. And the Index view on Are.na is my main way of navigating my own and other profiles. That lack of content hierarchy / subdirectories is often times really unpractical for me.
I come to Are.na from using Keeeb. I used that for every project in the past. There you had the possiblity to create subcategories for each "channel" (i think they were called differently). I miss that on Are.na.
Is that the idea of groups? I started a group for a project I work on whith a friend. But now their is the block limit and my friend is still not premium. So I am not sure how that works with the billing.
I have troubles with using Are.na as an actual tool. I often find myself diving down rabbitholes of content on Are.na so the exploratory aspect is great. But right now Are.na is not really a tool for organizing content in a practical manner for me. It’s more a place where I "dumb" content into a one level/idea folder structure. But within each channel everything is unorganized.
I noticed that I started collecting things for my Are.na channels instead of organizing the things I found while browsing on the web. Not sure if that is benefiting me. I feel a sense of competition for curating contene on Are.na. Is that just me?
I see a lot of channels about channels about channels… on Are.na. Does that come from the idea that once a channel exists already you don’t need to make the effort of collecting those things by yourself?. I sometimes find myself conflicted with wether I should connect to an already exsisting channel on are.na on my own channel or if I should connect the things which interest me out of those channels.
The idea of having a channel which only consists out of oher channels somehow turns me off. At the same time I dont really see how I would benefit from contributing to someone elses channel. Like on reddit in a subreddit for example. Because I often have troubles to find those channels again, besides remembering or making a channel for the channel i contributed too…which seems odd.
Is that an structural problem of Are.na? Or Me?
A friend and me started to collect things in a collaborative manner. The outcome is much higher and collecting together while being on the phone is a lot of fun.