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Commonplace Books - What are they?

Have you heard of Commonplace Books? Neither did I, until about a month ago.

Commonplace books are a way to compile knowledge, by writing knowledge into books, or by putting them into your computer. They are essentially knowledge scrapbooks filled with entries of every kind including:

  • Recipes
  • Quotes
  • Letters
  • Poems
  • Scientific knowledge
  • Proverbs
  • General knowledge
  • The list goes on and on...

Basically, they're everything you want noted down somewhere, so you can go back and find it later. They're also a great aid for remembering useful facts and information. Each commonplace book is unique to its creators particular interests. If you think about it, commonplace books are very similar to Pinterest, but in a written form and without any ads.

Commonplace books can be just hard facts, knowledge that you write down and keep. But they can also be journals as well, where you can note down how each of the entries affects you, or you can add extra information that is pertinent to your life.

Commonplace books have been around for centuries, and include people like Oscar Wilde, Marcus Aurelius, Mark Twain, Bill Gates, Lewis Carroll, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

And being the seeker of knowledge that I am, the type of person who loves learning new things, how could I not start a commonplace book of my own? And that's what I'm doing, over the next few weeks I'll show you how it's developing :)

Ear worm of the week: Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling featuring Lzzy Hale

TV show of the week: Altered Carbon

Movie of the week: The Blues Brothers

Book of the Week: New Zealand Gardener April 2018

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