Another quarantined lurker emerges…
Longtime lurker… I've been interested in being diligent about note taking since college. I experimented with many home-brew'd methods, mostly in the wiki-style. I started with google docs, then used NValt/Simplenote, bullet journaling, then vimwiki for a good stretch. Each system included increasing amounts of automation as I became more interested in smoothly sailing through links, books, and thoughts and capturing them easily in my wake.
About one year ago I started reading about Zettelkasten and I'm super fascinated. As a software developer, the power of smaller interlinked files makes a lot of sense.
I want to invest in this for intentional long-term study… topics of interest, growth in my role as a User Experience Designer, and personal growth.
I'm currently in the middle of implementing a lil' baby zettelkasten (it's so cute!) in plain-text files on Dropbox. I've written some tooling for Drafts.app to make capture easier, currently working with some others on a tool to search my zettelkasten from the command line, starting to work on a minimal vim plugin.
While I recognize that this whole world is super personalized to each person, I kind of think there could be a markdown based standard, similar to what Christian recommends in this post.
Anyway. Hello. Two questions for any experienced folk coming through here:
Do y'all start multiple zettelkastens for multiple projects, or do you allow all the thoughts to slosh around together?
Do you put everything in the Zettelkasten? I keep extensive notes on random stuff… meetings, things I learn about my home, gifts I want to buy my family… do you reserve the zettelkasten for lofty thoughts, or do you use the same structure to log all the other things too?
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