"A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do."
I've been writing down quotes and ideas and stories since I was a little kid. The closet of my childhood bedroom is full of journals and albums containing all the things I aspired to and all the bits of wisdom I came across. Sometimes, if I thought a particular idea was important enough, I would paint it on a poster and hang it on the wall. When I left home for New York, blogging seemed like a good way to share newly collected ideas with my family, and though I still kept books throughout college, I slowly started taking the easy route: copy/paste/save/archive to a folder on my computer.
I didn't know there was a name for the eclectic journals I used to keep until I read this article, and I'm inspired once again to create an organized commonplace book. In the past I've filled Moleskines and other bound journals to the brim, but I think the key to making a commonplace book useful is to make sure it's organized. Almost every article I read online is filed away in the annals of instapaper or email archives, but I'd like to be able to pull from the things I've read easily. I also want to hold the thing in my hands; I want to be able to annotate the pages and shuffle information around in a way that makes sense. Do any of you keep a commonplace book, and if so, how do you organize it?