TextExpander / blogging

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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:


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.


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


Greetings! My name is Jason Heppler. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History 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.