I leave a paper trail . . .
Not sure why I haven't found this place until now. Well, I'm here now.
I've been monkeying around with Zettelkasten for a while now and am sold on it—obviously, or I wouldn't be here I suppose. All my permanent notes, in both slip boxes, are paper. 4x6 inch cards (I'm American). I like paper. Paper is more 'permanent' and it forces me to rummage through the slip box. It just feels more natural to me. Physical exploration.
Who am I. I am an academically-inclined semi-retired, ex-tech guy. I run a small farm and help folks buy and sell real estate (my retirement job). I also write. A lot. I am working on a novel. I write poetry, etc.
What do I use ZK for? Everything. It's my second brain. I used to house my second brain in the Joplin app on my computer (and most of it still resides there) and also in many many paper notebooks. I also, ironically, archived many notes on index cards, but not organized in the Zettelkasten model. Now, I have a better way. Once I stumbled upon Zettelkasten, it was a eureka moment and such an obvious evolution of the more traditional model of note after note archived away. Obvious, but it needed to be spelled out, state aloud, and there needed to be an example of someone using it effectively. Huzzah! Luhmanns and Umberto Eco.1 Glad these people exist and their methodologies are coming to light.
I don't have a specific project associated to the slip boxes. They just are. And I just am.
Speaking of fiction-writing and Umberto Eco. I know he used cards in the academic sense, but I am attempting to determine how to incorporate ZK into the world of writing fiction. I am considering a third slip box for experimentation with incomplete thoughts and paths of introspection and . . . I just don't know, to be honest. Currently, I keep a notebook per fiction writing project. And I have per-project spaces in Joplin as well. Its very Commonplace Book-like. For now, that is now I will continue working on fiction projects, though of course, I still often dive into the Zettelkasten for knowledge and idea mining while writing fiction. ↩︎
I am a Zettler.
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