So delicious

Hey! I’ve created a Commonplace Cartography Delicious account as another means to share interesting links, etc with you.

Even better, you can use the inbox features of Delicious to send me links you think I might like.

As you can probably tell, I’m also monkeying around with using Postalicious to automagically post links from the Delicious feed here. Honestly, that specific part of the equation may not stick. I tend to get annoyed by blogs that post nothing but “Links for x day” posts, and I don’t really want Commonplace Cartography to turn into one of those.

If you have any thoughts on this whole mess, please let me know in the comments.

The map rather than the destination (or, “What’s all this, then?”)

I tend to be more interested in the process of making meaning than in meanings themselves, but let’s start with a few definitions, since I think they’ll make it pretty obvious what I’m attempting here. The following are from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, originally looked up on my iPhone (American HeritageĀ® Dictionary - Fourth Edition) and linked for you here to

n. The art or technique of making maps or charts.

adj. Having no remarkable features, characteristics, or traits; ordinary.
n. A trite or obvious remark; a platitude
n. A passage marked for reference or entered into a commonplace book. (archaic)

Commonplace book
n. A personal journal in which quotable passages, literary excerpts, and comments are written.

My academic background presses me to assert that Commonplace Cartography is an attempt to map meaning to things that otherwise might get lost in the frenetic comings and goings of our digital lives.

But it’s really much less high-minded than all that.

While there may be some cartography happening from time to time, you’re much more likely to encounter the common, filtered through the lens of some guy on the Internet named Mike.

It’s just a blog. (but it’s mine)

I hope you’ll subscribe, and join me along the way.