Commonplace Book

When I was reading Bob Whipple’s chapter on commonplace books and digital self-fashioning, I had many opinions that agreed with him.

At the beginning of the chapter, Whipple discussed how in the 19th Century it was popular to use commonplace books and that it was a place where people had the opportunity to record information that they found interesting or things that they wanted to try in the future.

It went on to talk about Lockridge and the opinion they had on commonplace books, thinking that they were “areas for individual identity formation, reinforcement and negotion” (99). By this, Lockridge simply meant that our writing tells us who we are and can tell and show us what we are interested in. I agree with this thought, because I know when I write, sometimes I don’t plan out exactly what words I will type on the page and then once I am done and go back and read it, sometimes I learn new things about myself and my thoughts on certain subjects that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t physically write it out.

The chapter went on to state that visual commonplaces came about and resembled a scrapbook. Whipple said that people would post things of what they might want to do, be, or use in the future. I thought that this was interesting, because I know that I save pictures of workout goals that I want to accomplish and quotes of my favorite authors that inspire me to write more.

Whipple went on to talk about the digital commonplace book. This is the part of the chapter that really got me thinking. Whipple mentioned Jen Almjeld’s 2006 thoughts on this book, saying that these books were like blogs. The text went on to point out similiarities between blogs and commonplace books, saying that they both are keeping places for information and knowledge. I agree that these writing platforms are similar, though blogs don’t really hold information for future use like commonplace books do. Blogs usually are written for ‘the now’.

I was really suprised to see the differences of commonplace books throughout time. I shouldn’t have been shocked that commonplace books evolved from physical paper to physical pictures to digital to digital pictures. The same evolution can be said for newspapers, photography, etc. It didn’t click until they made a reference from scrapbooks to digital images that can be found on flickr, etc.

Whipple makes the claim that commonplace books show who we really are, like our passions, interests, and mentality. I agree with him on this thought, because I know that when I write blogs I allow others to know a little more about me each time. I also know that everything that I save, whether it’s a funny video, meme, pictures, or article that it has the ability to show others’ different sides of me, most likely my personality.

I never thought that everything that I saved could describe me (even if just slightly). This article made me think and realize that everything I post allows others to know me.

What do you think about Whipple’s claim?


Categories vs. Tags

Before researching categories and tags, I thought that they were basically the same things. I found out I was wrong.

Here are a few differences of categories and tags:

  • categories vaguely describe a post
  • tags describe a post in more details than categories
  • tags are specific
  • categories define general topics
  • categories are hierarchical (relationship)
  • tags are not hierarchical (no relationship)
  • tags create groups of content that apply to many categories
  • categories group similar topics together



Here are the links that I used to help aid my research:

WordPress Support

Amy Lynn Andrews

OS Training

WP Site Care


Reeling Them In

The photo above is mine.


It isn’t every January that there is a nice warm day to go outside and enjoy the weather, but this weekend was one for the books. The unusually warm air (in comparison to the negative temperatures that has engulfed me for the past weeks) led to a great weekend back home out on the lake.

Some of what I caught was small, but I got to spend some much needed time with my family. A win-win? Sounds like one to me!

Creative Commons and Intellectual Property

According to WIPO, Intellectual Property can be defined as:

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

When reading up on Intellectual Property, I thought that it was interesting how many things can be protected.  IP is protected by patents, copyright and trademarks. I love that IP allows people to let their creativity flourish while also giving the creators the recognition for their work and ideas.

Creative Commons, on the other hand, has free and easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow individuals to protect their work. This allows creators to decide how others can use their work, giving them the power that they want to have for the work that they created!

Before researching these topics, I never knew that artists are protected, and in some cases they can choose what happens to their work in the future.



When researching copyright and the CC movement, I found it hard to find the information that I was looking for without having to pay for it. In the directions it said to look at The Missing Manual to help guide my research, but all I could find were descriptions about the subject matter that was described in the text, instead of an online PDF file of the book. Instead, I used the official WordPress site, because it was accurate and had exactly what I was looking for.

Here is the link that helped me the most throughout my research. It had everything I was looking for all in one place and it was easy to understand.

How to Copyright on WordPress

This site provided me with a copyright statement that I could use at the bottom of my page, all I had to do was copy and paste it into my text widget and customize my name and the name of my site. It was easy and effective! This site also gave me information on how to protect myself from content theft on all aspects of my blog site, which was also informative.

Another link that was useful for me to learn about copyright is on WordPress. This site talks about copyright and how it relates to WordPress, along with what the site classifies as fair use. This helps writer’s decide if what they are using is okay with sets of questions for them to ask themselves before they publish something. I thought that this site was helpful because it is the site that we use to post our blogs.

Copyright and Fair Use

After reading a ton of articles, before deciding that these two were the most helpful, I decided that for this class I am going to license my work for this class by using the copyright statement provided in How to Copyright on WordPress and customizing it. I chose to license my work this way because other site’s advice would only work on a paid-for WordPress account and mine is just free. Secondly, I loved how easy it was to license my work, while also making it look clean by having it at the bottom of my page in a widget. Since it’s at the bottom of my site, the license will always be there.

RSS Feeds: So Convenient

When the RSS feeds were first brought up in class I was overwhelmed. I had never heard of RSS feeds, but I had seen it’s symbol on several of my favorites sites. Once I read a bit more about what these feeds even were, I was excited to create one of my own.

The process of creating my own RSS feed on was really easy and not as confusing as I thought it would be when I originally heard of this assignment. I didn’t think that it would be as easy as typing in the title of a website or just a title of celebrities that I was interested in keeping up with and instantly adding it to a feed. Also, I was happy at how clean the feed was, because the site allowed me to split up the content that I love to look at in different categories. I’m happy to say there wasn’t much struggle with setting up my RSS.

I really liked that I have a site where I can look at everything on one site instead of going to several sites. It makes it easier to look at things that I usually do while also saving time. The RSS Feed is definitely something I will use after class.

Why Do You Write?

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
—Enid Bagnold

I write because it relaxes me and lets my imagination flow. Ever since I was young the one thing I could depend on was writing. It’s freeing. Why do you write?

Not-So Reality T.V.

Reality T.V. has the power to capture our attention and leave us sitting on the couch (or in my case a futon) for hours on end, even though there are thousands of better things that we could be doing instead.

For me, the Bachelor and the Bachelorette have the ability to leave the homework that I have to get done in my backpack untouched and my incoming text messages unchecked. Every single Monday night that the show airs I always find myself sitting by my T.V.. Sadly, it’s become a part of my routine.

When I first started watching these shows I was amazed and excited to see what dates were planned the next week or which men or women weren’t going to get a rose. Now that I look back at it, I think it’s silly that I would obsess over shows that made people feel the need to fight for other people’s attention.

I used to think that whatever happened in reality T.V. was true, because why else would they call it ‘Reality Television’? After a few episodes I realized that it was fake. What normal person would make their date wrestle or train dogs for a dog show? Better yet, what normal person would have a date with more than one person? Everything was extravagant and planned out, not something that one usually sees on a first date.

Though I know that these shows are scripted and too good to be true, I still believe that these shows have a part in lowering confidence in oneself and in people of the opposite sex (due to the wild and sometimes rude behavior on the show). Although this show can have negative outcomes for the contestants and for the viewers watching at home, I can’t stop myself from wanting to tune in the next week. Old habits die hard? I guess so.

What is your T.V. show addiction?

New Year, New Me?

It seems like every year I think of all of the things that I would like to improve in my life. This year I decided that I wanted to be healthy, happy and truly thankful for everything in my life.

With new faces popping up on workout equipment and machines every time I am at the gym, I think that it is safe to say that a lot of people’s new years resolution is to work out more or to lose weight. And though those are good goals to set for oneself, a lot of people don’t see their goals all the way through to the end of the year.

I think the reason that people give up on their resolutions so quickly is that they want to reach their goals sooner than possible. Impatient? That’s usually how I am, but this year I decided that I would be different. Instead of getting annoyed with the fact that my year isn’t exactly going to plan, I’m trying to be happy and thankful for all of the good things that the year brings me. Why focus on the negatives when you have so many positives?

If more people were to look on the brighter sides of things, maybe they would say “hello, 2018” with a smile on their face a lot more than they did in 2017.

What’s your new years resolution?

Personal Code of Ethics

  1. Completeness: I will always try my best to tell the whole story that I write completely.
  2.  Respect: I will treat everyone with decency and compassion.
  3.  Responsibility: I will always take responsibility for my actions in both my personal and work environment.
  4.  Integrity: I will always do what is morally right, no matter what the consequences.
  5.  Health: I will never put my life in danger to cover a news story, no matter how important it is.
  6. Spirituality: I will never publish/do something that goes against my moral beliefs, no matter the pressure.