Searching My Brain

I’ve long thought of my blog as a public place where I can share thoughts, tricks, and tips. Most of the things here are likely more useful for me than anyone else, but I share things because I assume the things that I find interesting are interesting to others as well. Not to mention that the places where I learn the most are free blog posts and web resources, and my blog is a way of paying it forward.

Since my blog is my public brain, I often find myself searching the site for things. I don’t use any built-in search, so I often turn to the site-specific search in DuckDuckGo. The task is simple. Adding the line:

site:jasonheppler.org

to search terms restricts the search to that site. Google and Bing work the same way. To make the process a bit faster and less prone to typos I use a TextExpander snippet.

TextExpander

Nothing clever, but useful. TextExpander can be much more powerful, but small tricks like this help remove friction in my workflow.

About Jason

I am a digital historian at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a scholar of the twentieth-century United States. I often write here about the history of the North American West, technology, the environment, politics, culture, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.

This was written on November 14, 2012 | 1 minute read | 182 Words
Filed under: textexpander blogging

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