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Every time I hear about a new online organization tool, I get a little excited. I love trying out new ways to keep track of and share topics I care about. In fact, Wholesome Yum actually began as a way for me to organize my low carb recipes by putting them on my own site.
I know many of you use social media to organize your online content, just like I do. So, even though this post is a little different from my usual recipes, I really wanted to share a new platform I just discovered!
If you haven’t heard of MrOwl yet, it’s an organized home for all your interests, plus it has the ability to share, collaborate and find inspiration all in one place. Right away, it seemed perfect for keeping track of recipes, travel, decor ideas, and more from all around the web. I had to Sign Up! And, so far I’m definitely glad I did.
The first thing I noticed about MrOwl is how easy it is to use. Doing things feels intuitive and it’s clear how to do everything without referring to any documentation.
After creating my MrOwl account, I landed on a page featuring top branches, and sections for “My Branches” and “Grabbed Branches”. I like how convenient it was to create my own branch and to find others. You can “grab” another user’s branch to save it, or follow an entire user’s account. It feels familiar, like other social media.
At this point, you may be wondering, what on earth is a “branch”? It’s just a topic that you’re interested in. Food, recipes, travel, decor, music… it can be just about anything! How cute is that concept, combined with the MrOwl name? I’m just picturing little owls sitting on branches.
Branches have subtopics, which can be nested. These are my favorite part! I love this nesting structure because it makes it so easy to keep everything organized at any level you like. For now, I’ve kept it simple with just one subtopic underneath my main branch, but I can totally see making more detailed subtopics a couple levels down.
Naturally, my first branch was Low Carb Gluten-Free Recipes! I considered creating a more general Recipes branch, but decided there are enough subtopics even under the gluten-free, low carb recipes niche. I wanted to focus my branch on the area I’m most passionate about.
Once I created my branch and a few subtopics, I noticed a common theme. At each level in a branch (either at the root or within subtopics), you can see an overview at a glance. There are “grabs” (similar to “saves”), “hearts” (similar to “likes”), “comments”, and “members”, with familiar icons to help you understand what each one means. Based on that last one, I can collaborate with others on either a whole branch or just certain subtopics – cool!
There are several types of content you can add to a MrOwl branch or subtopic: links, documents, or photos. Each includes a title and description that you can enter. The only thing I wish I could add is a visual preview of the links. Other than that, it’s nice to be able to save all kinds of content in one place! Another cool feature they have is a popover “Nest”, where you can add links from anyone’s branch to save for later, if you’re not sure what to do with them yet.
After creating my branch, I did a few searches to find other users’ branches to “grab”. Even though MrOwl is still pretty new, there are lots of recipe-related branches already! I also grabbed a few branches on other topics I like, including travel, web design, and home decorating.
It has been fun creating and curating content in MrOwl so far. Want to join me? It works on all your devices – computer, Apple and Android – so you can access it from anywhere. Download the MrOwl app to get started (And, don’t forget to visit my branch once you’re there.)