12 Jun

bullet journalling: introductory seminar

I ran a bullet journalling workshop this morning at the University of Southern Queensland’s Makerspace and wanted to put together a brief blog post to share some resources with participants.

The go-to source

The go-to source for info on bullet journalling is Ryder Carrol’s bulletjournal.com.

You should start out by watching the following video he made about the system.

How I bullet journal

I’ve been bullet journalling for quite some time – maybe four years or so. Over that time, I’ve honed the system to work for me. I use a modified version of bullet journalling. I bullet journal in a traveler’s notebook, and I have separate notebooks for different parts of the system. My bullet journal is task driven and I don’t take a lot of notes in there. Instead, I use EverNote for work notes and a range of other apps to track things I used to track in my bujo (like SeenIt for tracking TV series and GoodReads for tracking books I’ve read or want to read).

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about how I bullet journal. I’ve changed the way I do my weekly pages now, but everything else is still the same. Read the post for more on how I bullet journal. (There’s also an accompanying post about the more digital parts of my organisational systems.)

Slides from the session

Some of the slides won’t make a huge amount of sense without context, but if you read my other blog post about my bullet journalling, it will fill in the gaps.

My weekly planning process is outlined on the slides, as well as my top tips for getting started.

Further information and inspiration

I’ve put together some Pinterest boards full of inspiration and ideas.

Some of my favourite pretty bullet journal accounts on Instagram are:

My favourite IGers are also my favourite bujo YouTubers… Here are their YouTube channels

Traveler’s notebooks

There were also some questions in the session about where I buy my traveler’s notebook supplies.

I use and love covers from:

  • Foxy Fix (just be aware you might be waiting quite some time for it to ship – these guys are super, super busy)
  • Chic Sparrow
  • Traveler’s Company, maker of the original Traveler’s Notebook, which is a single elastic notebook (I buy online from Milligram [note Traveler’s Company products are listed under the old brand name Midori on their site], BookBinders or Scratch & Jotter)

There are many, many other makers on Etsy who make various different sizes of notebook covers in all different types of leathers.

I highly recommend getting a cover with more than one elastic. I think four elastics is probably the most useful configuration. I’d also recommend getting a wider version so you can comfortably fit more notebooks / inserts in it.

For notebooks / inserts, I prefer the Traveler’s Company inserts. I like the paper a lot. There are other options out there though, like Tamoe River inserts, which are a really nice paper and available from a bunch of different places. But, the Traveler’s Company inserts remain my faves. I use:

  • For my weekly spread notebook (what I call my work notebook in my blog post about my bujo), I use a 002 Grid Refill. I also use one of these for my notes notebook.
  • For my calendar (which is my combined future log and monthly spread notebook), I use the dated monthly insert. These can be a bit tricky to get your hands on by this time of year, but I did notice JetPens has some in stock. If you don’t mind dating it yourself, you can get an undated one, which is the 017 Refill Free Diary Monthly.

Other bullet journal supplies

Around the web, you will see lots of bujo enthusiasts tend to use the Leuchtturm1917 notebook. These are beautiful notebooks, but they are expensive. There are definitely other options. AmandaRachLee did a great review of a whole bunch of notebooks on your YouTube channel.

Then there are pens… If I went into pens, this blog post would go on forever! So I would recommend checking out the following videos from AmandaRachLee:

23 Oct

a social media research case study

Today I’m speaking at a higher degree research student seminar on social media research. I’ll be talking about my PhD study as a case study of social media research. Here are my slides.

I mentioned that I set up a page on this site about my study to link to from social media content, as well as a page that acts as an online ‘recruitment flyer’, and a list of social media messages designed to make it easy for people to share info about the project.

I also showed my participant profile template (embedded below) and here’s a Word version in case it’s useful.

Participant template

21 Nov

six impossible things before breakfast

At the 2012 ALIA Queensland Mini-Conference: Innovate, Evolve, Create, I gave a keynote on creativity. This presentation was a reflective exploration creativity – what it means to be creative, why creativity is important, and how we can cultivate it. These are my slides from the presentation, and some resources that I referred to.

TED talks

I referred to a couple of different TED talks during my presentation. These were:

Things and people I quoted

I quoted a couple of people in my presentation, including Edward de Bono and Shelley Carson. Here is a very short YouTube playlist of three clips I quoted from.

I’ve also been pinning creativity quotes on Pinterest and I used some of these quotes in the presentation.

Structured brainstorming and creative problem solving

If you want to learn how to run structured brainstorming activities or solve problems creatively, I highly recommend the book Gamestorming: a playbook for innovators, rulebreakers, changemakers and the fantastic app that goes along with it.


I used a couple of Creative Commons licensed images in this presentation. These were:

Libraries as incubator spaces

We talked about libraries as incubator spaces (and I gave a really inarticulate response to a question on how we can be incubators and whether this is a new role for us) and I referred vaguely to “this awesome blog post”. Here are the very awesome things I was referring to.

On LibraryHack

A delegate mentioned LibraryHack as an example of libraries as incubators. Perfect example! You can find out more about LibraryHack on their website, or watch the playlist of videos related to LibraryHack created by a QUT Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Studies) (MIT LIS) student and myself.

Finally, here’s Little Red Riding Hood mashup video I mentioned (created by MIT LIS student Katya Henry).