How social bookmarking sites can help you find creative inspiration
Social Bookmarking sites are like that one friend of yours who keeps you on the up and up of all the latest things that you might find interesting. These sites allow other people who share like interests to share links to sites that they liked. By searching through these favorite sites and seeing what other people find worth sharing, you might be better able to find your muse.
Stumble upon your muse
We all have that one friend who is always one step ahead of us. They are the ones who always have the cool new gizmo and gadget before we can get our greedy little hands on it. The ones who buy the ironic t-shirt we were thinking of buying a week ahead us. The ones who know all about the burrito shop on 22nd avenue that you thought you had discovered.
Yeah, you know the ones I am talking about.
We might resent these guys a bit for getting to all the cool stuff before we do, but we also value their friendship because they are the ones who key us in on where to find those burrito hotspots and let us know whether or not we should waste our money on the latest new gizmo. They are the friends who might clue us in about a movie that we might like, or what new book to read, or cool new site to click on. Since they have the same type of interests that we have, finding out what is new with them might open up new avenues of creative exploration.
Social bookmarking sites are a lot like these friends.
Sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, and Delicious can help you find inspiration by showing your things online that other people that share your interests found worth sharing. Just click the fields that you are interested in exploring and then find out what other people online are looking at. The various articles, videos, pictures, comics, and blogs that other people have bookmarked might give you creative ideas and inspire you to continue with your own original ideas.
Let us face it, searching the internet for creative inspiration can be bit of a crapshoot, but bookmarking sites can swing the odds in the favor of actually finding something that sparks our creativity. By finding out what other people find interesting we will be better able to plot our own paths and create something that someday, might also be worthy of a bookmark.