first of all - thx for having me here.
I grew up in the good (?) old analog times, did my university exam papers with typewriter, collected my thoughts, excerpts, bibliography notes etc. etc. on tons of index cards as well as my poetry writings in a more and more growing number of notebooks. I must say, that, even I had my first PC in the early 90ies, it took me a while until I decided to transfer all that paper stuff into digital files. And it was a struggle - not the typing itself (which took quite a bit), but to find a system that suits my needs as well as a software which does what I want.
Finally I found that nvAlt is my perfect choice. It’s simple, I love to have everything as .txt files, the search speed is really stunning (that’s why I use Ulysses, which is a well crafted great tool, only for finishing drafts. With some thousand notes it slows down too much, unfortunately) - and the search function is crucial for a big Zettelkasten. Yes, I tried Zettelkasten (Zkn3) too, but as for me it’s way too cumbersome. So, with nvAlt as my BIG Zettelkasten and Ulysses as finishing and polishing tool I have all what I need.
Places like this site I like very much - there is always something, what helps me to reconsider my „system““ over and tweak it a little here and a little there.
One last thing - I once found myself thinking too much about the „perfect“ Zettelkasten system - inspired and enthused by many, many good posts and articles on that issue - meanwhile I know that there is a point, where concentration on the form can superpose the working on content…
Ahoy - Chris