Several years ago, when I was working in the School of Information Sciences and Technology the Dean gave my a beautiful leather journal as a Christmas gift. In the front he wrote, “To help you keep your stuff straight.” To this day I still track a ton of what I do in numbered leather journals … but the times they are a changin’. The journal is just one piece to my personal content management strategy …
Clearly I am not the first to do this, but I finally got sick of using all sorts of apps to keep track of private thoughts, ideas, planning documents, meeting notes, etc.
Yesterday after a brief talk with one of my colleagues I went ahead and installed Movable Type on my 15″ PowerBook. I am doing local publishes, but it feels so much better than the apps I had been using to track all my stuff. As a matter of fact, it seems to work better for me than my recent shift to BaseCamp. Prior to BaseCamp I was using a custom FileMaker Pro notebook application I had built a couple of years ago. It was nice, but just had too many limitations and too often as I was writing I would stop and say, “why don’t I just tweak this and fix that …” After a short time, that really started to get in the way of the writing.
So here I am … using MT as my personal content management system. Thanks to an amazing tutorial over at MacZealots I was able to get the whole thing running on my system. It was a lot funny geeking out with it all yesterday. I am still struggling with where all the add-ons for MT go, but it is making more sense to this old WordPress user. MT doesn’t seem to match the simlicity, elegance, and flow of WP, but it does seem to work really well for what I am using it for. I won’t be switching to MT for this space anytime soon, but who knows. What kinds of tools do you all use to help kep your stuff straight?