I needed to know the dimensions of a US quarter compared to the Euro coins. Where should I go?
Hmm, maybe I’ll hop in the car and drive to the library to dig through the shelves for coin collecting books. Nah.
Maybe I’ll drive over to that coin and stamp collecting shop I saw over in the next town. Nah.
Maybe I’ll call a friend who collects coins and ask them to give me the comparative measurements – which I need in both inches and metric. Nah.
I could dig through my international coin collection – which isn’t really a collection, just the bag we throw all of our “traveling” money into so we can use it again on our next trip. I could find the coins and measure them myself to get the comparative measurements.
It’s all too much work. But I need the information. So where do I go?
Where does any blogger go when they need information?
Oh, I know. Duh!
The Internet now houses vast vats of knowledge and information, especially statistical information, just waiting for us to dig in and search. We don’t have to drive, bother friends, or dig through dirty coins to get the answers we need. We just type them into our favorite search engine and off we go on an adventure into blog research.
Search engines are great resources for finding information, but they don’t always help find the research I’m looking for without clicking and scrolling through a lot of search results. I need more. I need a repository of sites I return to over and over again through the years to find the information I need as I blog.
When I write about CSS and HTML, PHP, WordPress template tags, or other bits of code, I double check my information at the source. When I’m writing about copyrights, content theft, intellectual property, and blog scraping, I track down the rules, laws, and standards that help us protect our rights to our hard work. When I’m quoting a famous person, dead person, or making a point with a quote or saying, I better get it right, so I look it up. How do you spell “fallacy” and “development” – I’m a writer, I better get it write. How do I split my infinities anyway? Maybe I should look that up, too.
Over the years, I’ve collected a wide range of links I’ve saved as bookmarks to help me get to the specific information I need. Starting tomorrow, I’ll share these with you.
My web resource and reference lists are not complete by any means, and they serve my needs. Your research and reference list includes sites and blogs of value to you and your blog. I’m always on the lookout for new resources for fact checking and finding, and sites to help me blog better, so let me know if you have any favorites not on the list.
Oh, where did I find my coin answers? Wikipedia, of course. As the world’s free, editable, volunteer-supported online encyclopedia, it has grown to become one of the largest repositories of facts, figures, references, sources, definitions, quotes, biographies, and more. While some debate it’s consistent accuracy, it continues to house the best of the best online reference material.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll share with you some of my blog resources. So what are the sites and blogs you rely upon to help you blog?
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