You now have (I know you have a ton because we all love to hoard our public domain treasures) – files and files and more files of public domain “stuff” downloaded onto your hard drive.
I covered “niche research” already… so you should have files on your computer with everything you might want to include in your product.
Remember – located in these files can be .pdf, word docs, magazine articles, stuff from gov. websites, stuff you scanned yourself, images, maps, video, audio – anything! As long as it “might” be related to your niche subject. You did research and found everything you could and “dumped it” into a file folder on your computer.
I have One File On My Desktop – I named it Public Domain (super inventive I know).
Inside that file – I have two main files so far:
I have a “jillion” files inside those two files (it seems that way) -
I am organizing (creating sub-folders) as I go:
For instance – a file for Garden>Orchid – (giving away a niche idea is not always a great idea for my personal business… )
As I find more “stuff” I can segment content as I want… but for now I’m just trying to get related content into a file that “means” something to me.
I don’t spend time looking at the content I’m downloading (much). If I open up the PDF and it looks clean and not a huge mess – I download it. I’m downloading anything I think “might” be related.
I also have a .txt document in most of my files for notes, links, keywords etc.
Today I went on the hunt for lost public domain “stuff”. I’ve been downloading public domain content for at least 6 years now. I have it saved in a variety of places and can’t remember where it all is.
All of it “should” be located on my Amazon S3 Account:
Somewhere in those backups should be everything I’ve ever downloaded.
I am going to spend some time gathering all of it into related files on the computer I’m currently using. (Then I will upload it all again to Amazon S3 just to be safe).
Again – just because I want to be very clear – I am not proofreading or editing this content in any way. I’ll do that later.
I want to spend my time getting organized first!
What If I Find Public Domain Content That Would Be A Great Addition To Several Files?
This is a conundrum of sorts.
- Should I download the same content and store it in each different “file” it might be related to?
- Should I notate it on my .txt document?
- Should I download it once and put it into a “general” file?
Geeesh… it’s a bit confusing to make a decision unless we stop the flow of research.
When I download and save a file – I’ve been creating links that will help me when I “search” on my own computer.
For instance – I downloaded a book that has a title that isn’t really descriptive of the content.
Principles of Decorative Design
From that title can you “really” tell what “niche topic” I should file this content?
This book is for Home “Goods” (products for the home) Designers.
So the downloaded content has been named – “Principles of Decorative Design – Home Goods Design – Dresser – 1870 - AO”
Title – My Own Keywords – Author – Date – AO=Archive.org
How does this help?
I downloaded this book and filed it into the “most” relevant file I already have.
Now – when I am searching for “Home” or “Design” public domain content on my computer – This one should pop up right away. I might want to include it in several different niche topic products and I don’t need to save it right now in a bunch of different files.
We don’t want to use anymore hard-drive space than is necessary… right?
Do You Have Better Or More Productive Ideas?
Please – share your organizing ideas below in the comments… I’d love to know how you are storing (and able to easily find) your public domain content.
p.s. Next up – Documentation or “Keeping Good Records”. It’s not an option!