I am pleased that a number of people have shared my blog posts in this series, and some have even begun an organizing project themselves. And I especially like the feedback in the comments.
Several individuals have questioned the need to do the organizing that I'm doing, because they suggest that I should be able to find what I need simply by searching. Unlike a paper-based environment, the digital world does provide the ability to search for folders and files (both by name and by contents). And I find the ability to search very important. I use it all the time. But.
I do talk about this in my Organize Your Genealogy book, why your online organizing scheme needs to support *both* searching *and* browsing. I won't repeat that entire argument here. As someone who has an IT background, who has a library science degree, who has taught website design, and who thinks a great deal about the best ways to find and use information, I have given a great deal of thought as to why browsing is still important when it comes to organizing.
But rather than taking my word for it, I strongly recommend that you read this article. It mentions some things that I only touched on in my book, and certainly makes me even more confident that organizing for browsing is necessary.
Now excuse me while I go browse my Google News and my Feedly blog feeds!