My Personal Filing Cabinet

Welcome to my filing cabinet, my personal blog and learning project. My name is Phoebe and I work in an academic library in Singapore.

Dog with glasses
I feel like an old dog sometimes

A friend once commented that I seem to know a lot of things, like an encyclopedia.

I do seem to remember useless stuff I should not. However, I don’t know if I necessarily agree with her description because an encyclopedia is supposed to be an authoritative source of information.

My brain is more like a filing cabinet storing all sorts of seemingly useless information. Quietly waiting in its recesses.

Waiting for what?

Waiting for someone to come along and fish the information out.

This reminds me of the memory warehouse in Stephen King’s Dreamcatchers. It represents the mind of Jonesy, the one taken by the alien. It is a little too rundown for me.

I am more inclined to see my brain as a traditional library catalogue. 🙂

My Filing Cabinet

Rows and rows of wooden cabinets with brass handles and rods holding index cards bearing bibliographic information that points to the source of the information.

Why a My Filing Cabinet Blog?

I wanted to extend this filing function to the blogosphere. Hopefully, the search function of a blog is more dependable than moments of chit-chat and gossip to remember useful information.

A blog is also a great tool to “file” multimedia information like songs and videos that matter to me. I want to store music that touches my soul and videos that make me laugh.

Yes, the Internet is an ephemeral medium but for as long as I can keep them, I shall be contented. Moreover, I still have my brain. It is still working and filing even without this blog.

I started this with blogspot.com and then moved to wordpress.com and now, I am hosting it on my own using wordpress.org. A big step into the unknown for me. However, self-hosting offers a lot more control than free blogging services. It was a natural step forward as my knowledge of the Internet, blogging, and social media tools grow.

This is also a professional development project for me. I am a firm believer in contextual learning. I learnt more about the Internet, blogging and social media with this blogging project then if I have only read it up in theory. It takes a lot of time but I think it is worth it and more fun.

So much have changed in the blogosphere since I started. I liked some of the new features of WordPress.org. For example, the block-by-block text editor. I still remember having to write up the code for a table by hand. Now, with a click of the button, everything is done.

Embedding videos have gotten easier too although it is still only limited to Youtube videos.

Finally, this blog displays some advertising banners and affiliate links. It makes me modest money to keep the blog going. I use Amazon and Google Adsense.

To end,

An influential librarian Mr Ranganathan once said that

“every book its user”

In the same way, my wish for My Filing Cabinet blog is that all those seemingly useless information that I “file” away may one day find their users. If my wish has come true, do let me know. (^_^)

Currently, my life revolves around Jesus’ walk with me, my knitting, my work as an academic librarian, my life in tropical Singapore, and food and recipes in general.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you find what you are looking for.

Love, Phoebe