Commonplace started off as a project with my four sons. We all have an interest in obscure pieces of information and thought it would be fun to put our collective research in one place that could be shared easily. Five years and 1,100+ posts later, Commonplace has taken on a life of its own.
Every time I sit down to write an addition to Commonplace, I feel a bit like Doctor Who, about to get in his TARDIS, as I realize that all of time and space is available as a topic. I ask, “What do I want to learn about today?” The result might be about history, science, science fiction, comic books, or any random piece of information that strikes my fancy. Some days I may be inspired to write 1,000 words. Other days, it may be nothing more than a one- or two-sentence tidbit. The experience is really liberating and a wonderful diversion from the stresses of the day.
Attached is the logo, and it represents what Commonplace is all about. The stylized “C” stands for “Commonplace”. It is also the shell for an astronaut’s helmet, which represents space — the biggest subject to explore. The electrons swirling around the helmet represent the subatomic realm — the smallest subject to explore. The multi-sized diamonds represent bits of data in the digital realm — the means by which Commonplace is compiled and distributed.
All of the elements tie into and depend on each other, because, ultimately, there is no such thing as “useless” knowledge; anything and everything we can learn has value. This philosophy can be seen in the quote from “The Way of Chuang Tzu” in the “About” page.