Do you know why I started blogging back in 2008? It wasn’t to meet kindred souls or to practice writing or to experiment with ideas and personal challenges (as it often is now). Nah, I saw a blog as a fantastic technology tool to get myself better organized. I frequently chronicled links to products and services that I wanted to be able to find again (through tags and keywords) so that I didn’t feel like I had to have an office full of the paper clutter (that so many designers are plagued with).
Somewhere along the way I lost track of that – primarily because my office isn’t so full of catalogs anymore. But I have a new kind of clutter. One that makes my computer slow and drives my just as crazy as paper piles. It is browser tabs. Right now at this very moment, I have 42 tabs open (fellow tab addicts, we are not alone). I buy extra system memory just to support my tab addiction. It is a real problem.
I try to go and shut things down, but I know that without a record I will never remember that wonderful thing that I found, so I cling to it tightly in the form a tab. I know that there are countless tools for bookmarking, but I have never found one that has stuck with me. I am best if I just make a list in my own way and for myself (no matter how randomly disconnected it is). And I can’t curate it to be interesting to anyone else but me – no offense, but we all know addicts need to take care of themselves first. This is purely about safely closing tabs – But I do hope you find some things that you will want to keep track of too. So, in an effort to get this thing under control, I am going back to the blog – right here – (hey it worked once) for help.
Hello, My name is Rochelle, I am a tab addict. I am going to fight this thing – I am going shut them down – but first I am going to list them here so I can find them again, when I need to. Once a week, I will clear my mind, and my browser and shut down all these Open Tabs. (ahh, I feel better already)
Here it goes:
- Inspiring Artist – Ben Giles made these beautiful flower collages. His flicker stream is a great place to visit on chilly late fall day.
- The soup I want someone to make me when I am sick.
- I totally agree with the idea of Garden designers as match-makers and relationship builders.
- I am not the intended audience, but I love Rookie Mag – Especially the Why Can’t I Be You Interview Series.
- This article makes me want to know more about Bio Char.
- The most perfect Green Goddess.
- Beautiful Frescobal sets and denim beach blankets.
- Downton Abbey + Roses = Marketing Genius.
- Solving the suburb problem with Jeff Speck and his walkable cities. (i.e. How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time)
- Stuffed plants. A good gift for a black thumb.
- An iPhone cover I love.
- Flash hats – a photography tip to experiment with.
- Blue Carrot – Floral Inspiration for the Winter Season.
- Wild Fruits and Berries Booze – Hungarian Pálinka – (wondering if I can make my own version)
- Copper Christmas. Inspiration here and here.
- This makes me want to research and write about cactii (just so I can use this graphic)
- I really want the string of pearls planter graced with a dainty jasmine. Maybe a DIY?
- Things for 2014 – The Colorado Chautauqua, Barn Sessions (in my barn) and Brainstorming a Makerie inspired retreat for outdoor creatives.
Whew…. I’m down to 17 tabs….that’s progress!….baby steps. More next weekend.
images Ben Giles
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