My Filing Cabinet Journey

My Filing Cabinet (https://my-filing-cabinet.com) was my personal blog and learning project for the longest time. It was a place where I store all sorts of seemingly useless information and learn to create digital content.

It has been subsumed under Springorchid Files which also contain content from my other website on Chinese soups.

Why did I start My Filing Cabinet?

A friend once commented that I seem to know a lot of things, like an encyclopedia. I do seem to remember useless stuff I should not. However, I don’t know if I necessarily agree with her description because an encyclopedia is supposed to be an authoritative source of information. My brain is more like a filing cabinet storing all sorts of seemingly useless information. Quietly waiting in its recesses.

Waiting for what?

Waiting for anyone looking for seemingly useless information. 🀣

This reminds me of the memory warehouse in Stephen King’s Dreamcatchers. If you have not read it, I heartily recommend it. Oh, do note that it is sort of an alien horror novel.

In the novel, there is a scene depicting how Jonesy, bodily possessed by an alien, locked himself in his memory warehouse. This warehouse represents the mind of Jonesy. He is trying to keep the alien out of his memories. Jonesy’s memory warehouse looks like a dilapidated library with a spiral ramp lined by shelves of books.

Although I identified with this analogy, I feel that the memory warehouse is a little too rundown and disorganized for me. 😜 I am more inclined to see my mind as a traditional library catalogue.

Rows and rows of wooden cabinets with brass handles and rods holding index cards bearing bibliographic information that points to the source of the information. πŸ˜‰

I wanted to extend this filing function using the World Wide Web. Hopefully, the search function of a website is more dependable than moments of chit-chat and gossip to call up useful information.

A site is also a great tool to β€œfile” multimedia information like songs and videos that matter to me. I want to store music that touches my soul and videos that make me laugh.

Yes, the Internet is an ephemeral medium but for as long as I can keep them, I shall be contented. Moreover, I still have my brain. It is still working and filing even without this blog.

Contextual Learning

I am a firm believer in contextual learning. I learnt more about the Internet, blogging and social media with this blogging project then only reading it up in theory. It takes a lot of time but I think it is worth it and more fun.

So much have changed with the web and Internet since I started. I still remember having to write up the code for a table by hand. Now, with a click of the button, everything is done. Embedding videos have gotten easier too.

Why a blog?

I started this digital and online filing cabinet with blogspot.com in 2008 and then moved to wordpress.com.

I then moved to hosting it on my own using wordpress.org. A big step into the unknown for me. However, self-hosting offers a lot more control than free blogging services. It was a natural step forward as my knowledge of the Internet, blogging, and social media tools grow.

I moved the blog back to wordpress.com in 2022 because wordpress.com now offer subscription plans that mirror wordpress.org. I get all the features I want without having to deal with the backend set up work myself. Their happiness engineers are also so much more responsive.

To end

An influential librarian Mr Ranganathan once said,

“every book its user”

ranganathan

In the same way, my wish for My Filing Cabinet and now SpringorchidFiles.com is that all those seemingly useless information that I “file” away will one day find their users. If my wish has come true, do let me know. 😊

Feel free to rummage through the drawers of this site:

I would like to leave you with this picture I really like.

Dog with glasses

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you find what you are looking for.

Love, Phoebe

13 responses to “My Filing Cabinet Journey”

  1. J. Avatar
    J.

    Hi Ms Phoebe, your blog is really cool and educational. I should try out your soup recipes very soon πŸ™‚
    Take care and have a nice day!

  2. J. Avatar
    J.

    Hi Ms Phoebe, your blog is really cool and educational. I should try out your soup recipes very soon πŸ™‚
    Take care and have a nice day!

  3. J. Avatar
    J.

    Hi Ms Phoebe, your blog is really cool and educational. I should try out your soup recipes very soon πŸ™‚
    Take care and have a nice day!

  4. JamesMowery24 Avatar
    JamesMowery24

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. You can see a sample of my work at LaptopComputers.org under the author James Mowery. I’ve also written for several high-profile blogs like Mashable, Performancing, and CMSWire. Thank you for your time.
    – James

  5. JamesMowery24 Avatar
    JamesMowery24

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. You can see a sample of my work at LaptopComputers.org under the author James Mowery. I’ve also written for several high-profile blogs like Mashable, Performancing, and CMSWire. Thank you for your time.
    – James

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Dear James, thank you for your offer but my filing cabinet is a personal blog not a business blog and I would like to keep it that way. Thanks for dropping by. All the best!

  6. Phoebe Avatar

    Dear James, thank you for your offer but my filing cabinet is a personal blog not a business blog and I would like to keep it that way. Thanks for dropping by. All the best!

  7. From the us of a. Avatar
    From the us of a.

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing.Β  Love the picture of the dog, by the way.Β  I copied the lyrics of
    one of the songs written in Singapore and the wonderful people there.

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi, thanks. Have a blessed day.

  8. Nicole Avatar
    Nicole

    Hi Phoebe! Thanks for sharing this website. Your filing cabinet had helped me greatly in sarching for the song “Your Loving Kindness is Better than Life” in the Chinese album “Justified” by New Creation Church. A recorded music file of this song was sent to me asking if I knew what song it was. Basing on the muffled recorded two lines, I tried typing out the only two lyrics recorded and what I could make out. Then found the search result showing your filing cabinet. From the lyrics posted on your website, I continued to search for the song and found the track on another website! I should’ve prayed before beginning the search and should’ve clicked on your link before starting my search which took me a few hours (saw your blog link but ignored initially). Shortly after I prayed, I saw your blog link again and found the song within 2mins! This song is very important to me because it is for my sis’ friend who has shifted to Shanghai to work and who has just found a church to worship. She came across this song and recorded 2 lines, asking my sis to help search what song it is. Thanks again, Phoebe.

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi Nicole, thanks for letting me know that my blog has helped you and your sister’s friend. God bless! Phoebe

  9. mari Avatar
    mari

    Hi Ms. Phoebe,
    I stumbled upon your website while looking for the lyrics of NCC songs. It’s my first time to find a traveling person to worry about homeless people, usually people are more concerned about their own tours, praise God for people like you. Hoping by God’s will, I be able to work in SG, I would love to go and have a ministry in NCC someday. From what I can see, there’s a big difference with people who understand God’s love for them. I find them cool πŸ™‚ God bless!

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi Mari, thanks for your kind words. Actually that post is written by my sister. I should go add that in as a clarification. πŸ™‚

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