Friday, March 23, 2018

An Online Organizing Weekly Link Round-Up

There must be something genetic about spring cleaning. Cleaning is one of my least favorite things to do, but whenever spring starts throwing off winter's shackles, there must be something about that warmth and sunlight because I start looking for things to organize.

I've mentioned in the past few weeks that I've been organizing the shelves in my craft room, and I'm just about to reshelve some books, which is something I've always loved to do-- I find it soothing. Many of the people I've worked with over the years when asked to describe me have almost unanimously said, "organized," and I think they have a point. If everything is organized, you save time because you don't have to hunt for things, and if things are kept picked up most folks won't notice a little dust. (Told you I didn't like cleaning!)

What I often forget about during my organizational rampages, however, are online things, and that's what I've been working on recently. A lot of people don't see the point of Pinterest, but I don't care. I learned a long time ago that no two people see things exactly the same way. I'm a visual person, so Pinterest suits me right down to the ground. I'm in charge of The Poisoned Pen's Pinterest page, and when I saw that there was a new upgrade to the app, I was all for it.

I don't know about any of the rest of you Pinterest users, but I find it daunting to come across another user who has hundreds of different boards. Who has time to scroll through all of them? When Pinterest added "sections," my first thought was "'bout time!" That one thing has saved me a lot of work on The Poisoned Pen's boards, but I forgot all about my own until the past few days. Now instead of having one board per year of books I've read or my favorite reads each year, I can have one board "Books Read by Year" or "Best Reads by Year," and each one can have sections for each year. Two boards instead of fourteen. So I've been tidying them up and being much too pleased with it. Just goes to show that I'm an organizational junkie! And doing this has taken me down Memory Lane over and over again. "It's been five YEARS since I read that book? Impossible!" "Oooooh, I love that book!" "I wonder if that author has written a new book?" See what I mean?

Now that I've finished blathering about an uninteresting topic, it's time to head on out to the corral. (Some of you probably already skipped down to this part!) Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Henrica Kiernan defended America during World War II and found love along the way.
  • Tilly Edinger, the woman who shaped the study of fossil brains. 
  • During World War I, many women served and some got equal pay.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Rubens' sprawling castle in the Belgian countryside is on the market.
  • These were America's most-visited national parks in 2017. (I've been to all of the top five.)
  • A 227-year-old tree planted by George Washington was pulled down during high winds on his Mount Vernon estate.

►I ♥ Lists◄
  • Nine necessary works of non-fiction written by black women.
  • Fifteen accessories from Target that every book lover will want to add to their shopping cart. 
  • Buzzfeed thinks only a true book lover will get 10 out of 13 correct on this quiz
  • The literary roles of Molly Ringwald.
  • Thirty-three of the weirdest Philip K. Dick covers Literary Hub could find.
  • The top ten spaceships in fiction.

That's all for this week! Don't forget to join me next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. You know, it's funny, Cathy. I have a Pinterest account, but I don't mine it for what I could. I ought to think about that. As soon as I find out more about that Egyptian mummy and tattooing...

    1. Pinterest is one of the reasons why I could get rid of nearly all my papers in my filing cabinets. Recipes, knitting patterns, DIY instructions... I do think of it as my online filing cabinet, and I use it daily.

  2. I don't do other social media - it just all got too overwhelming. So, no for me. However, I completely understand the organizing gene. I have that too. It's why I like to shelve books and am about to go do my weekly volunteer shift at the library. Guess what? I shelve books. It's very soothing to my soul. LOL

    1. It's funny-- even though I am responsible for The Poisoned Pen's Pinterest page so part of my brain DOES know that it's social media, I really don't think of it that way. To me, it's my online filing cabinet, and I use it daily.


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