How do you see emerging topics derived from multiple structure notes?
Hi, I'm Al, the owner of Improveism - a research-based self-improvement blog. (Not too academic, though. General readers like easily digestible texts)
I've been roaming around on this blog for a while (as well as the forums) and I'm now getting started in creating my own Zettelkasten to improve the content on my blog. To be honest, I'm frustrated by the quality and quantity of what I'm putting out and I think the Zettelkasten will solve this problem. (Not instantly, though. But I'll get there.)
So, my current software stack consists of:
- Evernote - for random thoughts and storing the actual highlights and notes from the reading I do on Kindle (I'll get back to this in a second)
- Zotero - I just realized how much faster you get citations and highlights (as well as track your sources) with Zotero. I didn't know you can do the same highlighting and note-taking there as in Kindle, lol
- Clippings.io + Kindle - I do most of my reading on Kindle. I push articles on Kindle and read books on Kindle. Every highlight and note gets automatically updated at Clippings.io. Then, Clippings connects to Evernote to transfer every highlight and note.
- I don't do Literature Notes on Zotero (yet) but I want everything in the same place where I can see both highlights (I make them italic or indented or I just add quotation marks) and my interpretations/analogies. That's Evernote.
- Also, I do Tiago Forte's Progressive Summarization method so I can easily browse what these notes are about when I want to copy a relevant passage for a deliverable.
- From the Literature Notes, I transfer what I feel the best pieces of knowledge are on my Zettelkasten--starting from a structure note.
- Sublimeless_ZK by @rene - I use Windows and I like how simple and customizable this program is. I tried using Roam--which is nice, by the way--but I'm afraid of losing my data in the long run. The automatic backlink feature is nice, but I found another solution. This brings me to the next point:
- note-link-janitor by Andy Matuschak - It's pretty neat to have backlinks for easier navigation between connected notes as well as bring you the context "how the two are related" immediately. Since sublimeless_zk uses a different title scheme, I used @piotr's fork.
Are these good enough? Or am I doing something wrong? Also, should you always add cite keys to your Zettels?
- I haven't done this yet, but I think I'm just going with FreeMind to visualize a structure note and its children's connections. This is where I'm having a problem.
Let's say I made structure notes for thirty books I've read.
Surely, some notes in each book will be connected in some way because they're books on behavior, for example. And as per @argonsnorts, notes inside a structure notes imply relevance.
But, how am I going to see these emerging topics outside of my structure notes?
Do you guys use some sort of tool outside of simple mind maps to see connections between these notes?
1. I can't get the visualization script available in the forum by @alexchabot to work on my PC (I use Windows, and have zero background on software. I use trial-and-error).
2. Checking them one-by-one seems kind of a chore to me; and
3. Structure notes (to the best of my limited knowledge) don't show these.
Edit: Idk if this is the right forum category to post this. But yeah, I believe we all think monolithically now so it doesn't matter
I write about unconventional self-improvement advice at improveism.com
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