A New Path?

2020 has certainly been a year, more for some than others. In the last couple of months, I’ve had time to read, reflect, and take in the knowledge that those more experienced than me in some respects.

In reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, I found guidance for project management and reflection, as well as a personal challenge to meditate on a challenge Ryder put forth (not a true challenge, but one that really got me thinking): what is something you’ve always wanted to do but never pursued for whatever reason.

For the past several years, I’ve yearned to be a professional (read paid) research assistant or person who gets paid to look up and research random topics. As an Academic Librarian, I kinda do this now, but not on the scale I want. I work at a small, commuter state college where research papers tend to all be about the same 15 topics. Occassionally a professor working on their dissertation have come to me personally for help looking for books, ebooks, articles, etc. I love working with those professors on those projects.

So how am I going to take up the “challenge” of becoming that type of researcher? I’m going to use my blog to share fun facts, resources, pictures, video links, my thoughts, etc. on a variety of topics as they pop into my brain.

I’ve downloaded the app for this blog onto my phone which is making blogging more accessible now. There are some limitations but I’ll work around them as best I can.

This doesn’t mean I’m completely going in a new direction. I’m still writing and self-publishing books, knitting, making YouTube videos, reading whatever book catches me. I hope you enjoy some of what I post.

See y’all in the next post! ~Cori

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My blog posts have their own notebook in my traveler’s notebook system. Big surprise, right? I see posts on the various TN FB groups about getting organized for your blog, etc. While there are some pre-done inserts available on ETSY, I prefer a more free form approach. Here’s a walk-thru of my Blogging Notebook.

I don’t have a Table of Contents or Index, like my Collections notebooks. I start out with a couple of pages for BPIs (Blog Post Ideas), then I started a post immediately (Mel’s Travel Flex), when I should have set up my Completion Charts—whoops!

BPI Lists

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Completion Charts.

Highlighted = complete.

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These charts help keep me on track of what needs to be done for each post. The letters stand for: Written, Typed, Pictures, Video, Compiled?, Posted. 99% of the time I handwrite my posts in the notebook, but some are written on the computer. Despite starting to do my writing on the computer, I still like having a notebook dedicated to blogging because it is a great way to jot down post notes, video needs, and picture needs.

Here’s a peak at the posts themselves:

My notes for the TN Insert Statistics post:

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The handwritten version of this blog post!

See how much has been added!

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Spacing between my Completion Charts

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How much more I have to go in this insert.

Roughly half-way through.

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I also keep an On Deck list of posts that have been compiled and ready to be posted, just in case I don’t have a set post up and ready on my Editorial Calendar, in the Collections notebook.

On Deck List

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Editorial Calendar set up

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Once this insert is filled up, I’ll be adding a notebook to my B6 EDC. I’ve already experimented with hole punching B6 inserts so I can have my ideal set up. As much fun as having a single bound notebook is, I’ve been keeping my hand-written blog posts in a binder long before I started using Traveler’s Notebooks. And I’d like to continue that.

YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf83hjdQaFA

How do y’all stay organized for your blog?

© Cori Large 23 June 2016

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Here’s an update on my goals. I got more done in January than I thought I would, considering how crazy my life got in January. I already knew my work schedule was going to be different, because I decided to take a class on Nutritional Anthropology. On top of this, one of the librarians I worked with got a new job over our Christmas Break, and put her two weeks’ notice in when we returned to work. I’ve been helping cover some of her hours until her replacement is hired.

Okay, so after that long rambling introduction, here are my January targets for meeting my goals and how I did with them:

Journal Prompts Book:

  • Delete duplicates———-completed 1/7/2016
  • Create Chicago citations—–changed mind, and decided to do an acknowledgement page instead
  • Assign End Note characters——no longer needed
  • Finish categorizing (added later)

Bobbin Lace Workbook:

  • Work through the instructions—forgot I had a started bookmark and need to finish that one because I can work through the instructions properly.

Recipe Book:

  • Write out 5 recipes—-completed 1/17/2016

Genealogy Workbook:

  • Work out what needs to be written—–completed 1/3/2016

eBay Shop:

  • Continue write ups and pictures—setting a goal of 5 a month, but I didn’t make it happen.
  • Type and upload what you have—-completed 1/19/2016

ETSY:

  • List sweater and other specialty items—-I DID get this stuff listed last night after I filmed by video. Completed 1/31/2016

Amazon:

  • Do more seller research—this will be ongoing, but I’ve learned that Amazon is best for books. Completed 1/31/2016

Craft Shows:

  • Knit Little Royals baby blanket—completed 1/3/2016

YouTube Channel:

  • Film 5 videos in January—I actually filmed 10 videos in January, so I’m really proud of myself for that.

Blog:

  • Brainstorm more post ideas—-I did this early on and came up with two dozen blog post ideas, some planner related, and some not. Completed 1/9/2016

Cooking thru the Book:

  • Make a list of needed equipment and software with the approximate cost—-I made the decision to shelve this project for the time being. I do not have the time to devote to setting this new blog and YouTube channel up at this time.

That was January! And here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in February:

  1. Journal Prompts Book
    1. Finish categorizing
    2. Resort and refine prompts
    3. Write the acknowledgement page
  2. Bobbin Lace Workbook
    1. Finish the started bookmark
    2. Reset pillow for new bookmark
  3. Recipe Book
    1. Write out 5 recipes
  4. Genealogy Workbook
    1. Write up why the date format is standardized
    2. Write up why the location format is standardized
  5. eBay Store
    1. 5 more write up and pictures
    2. Relist unsold back as auction or buy it now
  6. ETSY Shop
    1. Refigure planner inserts
    2. Create a price list and information chart
  7. Amazon
    1. List the two paperbacks
  8. Craft Show Inventory
    1. Bernat Plum Chutney baby blanket
  9. YouTube Channel
    1. Film 5 videos
  10. Blog
    1. Fill up March’s editorial calendar

© Cori Large February 1, 2016

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New to Me Planner: RAIKA 6 ring wallet planner

I participate in a planner swap group, and recently found a planner I was ready to trade for. It was a RAIKA 6 ring wallet planner. The planner I traded for this beauty was my DayTimer Avalon in the desk size.

Some facts about my RAIKA:

  • 6 rings, in the 3-3 format
  • Color: Bone
  • Cash envelope sleeve that runs along the back
  • Dual secretarial pockets, back & front
  • Insert size: 3.75 x 6.75 or Size 3
  • Zipper pocket in front
  • Credit card slots

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It came with inserts, that I have since decorated (fall leaves & woodland creatures, and Lisa Frank). I’m using the To Do inserts for keeping track of blog posts, and the Project inserts for some book ideas.

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The zipper pocket contains washi tape samples and the note from the person I swapped with.The original plan for this style of planner was to make it into a cash envelope wallet, but received another wallet for my birthday [this is an upcoming post]. So I carried it around with me and waiting for it to speak to me. (Fellow planner addicts will understand what I’m talking about.)

What I’m using it for is holding my blog posting chart and calendar, book ideas, and I do have calendar inserts in here for advanced planning.

The company website where you can find this planner is: http://raikausa.com/collections/planners/products/201-6-ring-planner.

If you’d like to join the Secret Sister Planner Swap Group, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssswapplanneraddictst2/.

And if you’d like to watch my YouTube video about this planner, follow this link: http://youtu.be/Y4TgDohyb-g

© Cori Large June 1, 2015