Bookmarks

When it comes to bookmarks (and a few other things), I often find that less is more. The primary reason is that auto-fill has usurped its purpose. Typing the first letter of a website is always faster than mousing over to a bookmark.

But I do use bookmarks, on occasion. And I have them broken up by category. When I’m researching information for a project, I’ll save the links to a folder. When the project is over, I delete the link unless I think there could be a use for them in the near future.

I delete old folders to minimize the number of bookmarks I have to dig through. (The Internet is vast, but I’ve rarely deleted something I couldn’t find again, if necessary.)

In addition to research material, I keep folders for gifts. Whenever someone in my family mentions liking something, I hunt it down online and put it in that folder.

I also have folders for work and home office purposes as well as for my favorite websites. I don’t keep my most frequently visited websites in folders. Sites that I go to often are directly on the bookmarks bar⁠—to minimize clicking.

I might be underutilizing or even misusing the bookmark. The fact is I’ve caught myself doing a search for a website I already have in one of my folders. Is that lazy, or is it that bookmarks are unnecessary?

It could be that we should keep bookmarks where they belong… in a book.

photo: NordWood Themes

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Justin Meckes

Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten a sci-fi novel and is the author of several children's books. You can reach him by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.