A Muse You Can Use

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Please see update at the bottom of this post.


Earlier on this site, I spoke of a site you may not be aware of but that is a lifesaver for anyone who creates and thus needs a Muse to depend on. The problem is, our Muses are not very dependable. So, I have a back-up plan for you.

I am big on content management  That is basically curating information that I can use for other projects-with the appropriate attribution. There are a number of sites for this but people are finding some inherent flaws in the systems of the most popular ones.

I have been introduced to two new ones. One, BO.LT, is not so new but I have been lucky enough to be in a group of first users. The second one, comparatively  is much newer. They have teamed up with Time to assist in their content. They do not do this for just any old user (ie: you and me). However, if you know the state of Time currently in its holdings, you might question this approach. But, one never knows. This is something called Rebel Mouse.

If you wish to find out a bit more of my interests and what I curate in content, just visit my Rebel Mouse page.

Or my BO.LT page to see just how much of a geek I am. 😉

Having used both and tried other page sharing utilities, in my experience BO.LT is THE place for curating and sharing pages with credit-ability built-in. The community there far outweighs any on-line community. If I had to compare all of the page sharing communities out there, BO.LT is like a big family gathering over a food-laden table; smiles all around when you walk in the door and a place set for you. The others…not so much.


One of the best things about BO.LT is that the categories are much easier to sort and manage. As someone mentioned, a bolt holds better than a pin 😉 And a special person on their team made a widget so you can display pages for your collections. For instance, this is my collection of #great houses

#literature #novels #reading:

#reading #writing #great novels

#great offices

#technology #social media

#social media #technology

#great staircases

#My Left Brain

#art #amazing



#design #booklovers

#innovation #small spaces



#The Brain


And there is no boring fail whale here if there is an occasional server issue. Instead, you get a revolving and hilarious bit of humor with BO.LT’s icon, the elephant. Once, I found him crying. Another time, his face seemed to be concentrating and then I noticed there was more activity on the other side of him…Cracked me up. When has a 404 error cracked you up?

But what has saved me in writing my work-in-progress is my #Muse category.This is where I  put all photography that is reminiscent of a particular mood, feeling, or character that I want to flesh out in my novels.

You can see that it relies solely on the photography of others. This is where Bolt comes in handy as not only can you categorize the bolts into subjects in their own box, rather than just having a tag, but you can also make your own page as you see with each of these categories. You can choose the background and look of the page. I obviously like the simple paper look. What can I say? I’m a writer.

Have fun. Play in a sandbox of images and information and make your own content manager with a few simple field to fill out. Voila. Your Muse!

Add BO.LT to your site:or see the  http://bo.lt/about page, and specifically http://bo.lt/tips-tricks to get the applet for your bookmark.

See TechCrunch for further comparisons.

Here are related articles for this subject:


Also, Media Bistro




Note: Sadly, Bolt is no more. I never thought I would grieve a social sharing page. What great research has been lost. The community and shared amusements. But we still have rebel mouse and then eventually I will try and get on Pinterest and join the ranks. All of the work those that started it and devoted so much time to is now gone. It, and they will be missed.

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16 thoughts on “A Muse You Can Use

  1. I need an anti-muse. Someone to keep me focused rather than inspired. I’ve taken to outright stopping my consumption of new information every now and again just to keep my mind from running off into 10 different directions. But then, that’s not really a good solution to the problem…

    I’m rather behind the times, so this, I’m sure, is a stupid question. How does B.O.L.T differ from pintrest?

    • I think the best way to answer both of your points is to click on one of the categories I have linked for you. These are only some of the almost 80 categories I have on my bo.lt page. As far as focusing, with the widget (see links above, bo.lt allows you to concentrate on one piece of information fully so you can focus on that post without distractions. And if you look at some of the other links, they explain the difference from pinterest best. I think diving in, especially since it is free, is the best way to understand the difference in this page sharing service.

  2. Hello Lee,
    Thank you for making me aware of these, I had never heard of either of before. I like that the content does not disappear as it does on twitter and facebook.

    • Exactly, and with BO.LT, even if the page disappears (extending your comment to the end) you will still find it in your categories at bolt. Nice.

    • Glad to see your face on here! Thanks for stopping by. You will love bolt for content management system. It is truly the one that stands out. My best to you.

  3. Hi Lee!

    Interesting stuff. I have to admit, I am usually one of the last people to learn about up and coming networks like these. I hadn’t heard of either of these until now.

    RebelMouse loaded fine – and Thank you – because I noticed you had saved some of my content on there 🙂 Very nice of you!!

    I’ve now tried 3 times and checked my internet connection just to be safe – but it doesn’t seem to want to load any images. At any rate, I will poke around and play with each. Thanks for the heads-up!

    • Hi Gary! Great to see you here. Of course I would save your content, it is very helpful. Let me know if you can get on bolt and what your handle is (if you feel like it) or just swim in the feed of information and get piles of info sent directly to you. I have answered you before but disqus is loosing comments. As I said before, it’s like having a VA for your business so you can concentrate on your business as others are curating the information and gathering it for you to peruse for a few minutes. Truly time saving and resourceful. Glad you stopped by.

  4. Hey Lee,

    Any time I see the words “curate” or “curating,” I snap to attention. Curating has become such a core part of who I am that I’m planning to write a book about it. But that’s not the point of this comment.

    I checked out Rebel Mouse and I don’t like the interface or the display of information from a consumer’s perspective. That might change from a curator’s perspective, but I’m not planning to play around with it. BO.LT is better compared to Rebel Mouse, but again, how can I sort and filter the stuff you’ve curated? Can I export it all into a less visual format and then play around with the raw data you’ve curated? Granted, I’m pretty hard-core about my curating system requirements, but most of these tools I see online barely hit a couple out of ten or so key best practices on curating.

    So I’ll stick with my spreadsheets, thank you. 🙂 But I do like how you’ve highlighted some cool curating platforms, why you like/use them, and how we might benefit from them too.

    • I just sent the longest reply with detailed information and though I hit reply and it came up as such, Disqus lost it. I will wait to see if they reply to my feedback and can grab it from their system. If not, I’ll write it again and then switch back to my old comment system. Thanks so much for your comment, Joel!!

      • For those with disqus; looked on their status page and there were some website issues on disqus itself for 17 hours yesterday if anyone had the same problems as I did. They seem to be resolved now.

    • I have added a video for you but there is a page that explains everything better than I can.Just click http://bo.lt/tips-tricks (I will add the user information for you that explains more about how this is better than other content management and curating systems I’ve tried. But do look at his page and the video first to get a better sense of the differences. As one bolter put it (our chaosandlove bolter) evernote + pinterest=BO.LT. The community will get to know you and your likes (ie spreadsheets) and very often, the founders and other commenters will alert you to a special bolt with an @JoelZaslofsky:disqus or whatever account name you choose for instance your initials.Try it out and feel free to follow me (I use my name leejtyler) to get a sense of the feed and then hit explore to find people with similar likes as you. You can follow as many or as few people as you wish. The commenting system is superb and highlights the community as a true engaged community. Take a spin and then feel free to ask anything else!

Any thoughts on this? What is your opinion?