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I need a simple guide for The Archive

I first encountered Zettelkasten a few weeks ago through S. Ahrens' book How to Take Smart Notes. I then came across zettelkasten.de; from there I found The Archive. This is all good and exciting.
For me, the weakness with How to Take Notes is the lack of any visuals; it is all text. This is fine, but as a learner I need some visuals. (I am also a teacher and if I were to try to teach someone about Zettelkasten, I would summarise it using illustrated slides and limited text).
Today, in your forum, I found this post which is very helpful: https://writingcooperative.com/zettelkasten-how-one-german-scholar-was-so-freakishly-productive-997e4e0ca125
Anyway, what I would find really helpful is a simple step by step guide to using this framework (Zettelkasten), with illustrations, using The Archive (which I am trialing); covering the basics: linking notes, etc. For example, showing a simple example of a few notes, how to build it, how to link the notes.
(Many of the posts refer to coding details and much that passes me by and does not interest me.)
Does this make sense?


  • edited March 2020

    Thanks for taking the time to write about this! It's true that our educational material is still lacking. I think it'll improve once the online course is finished and the visual language we used there has settled.

    The best visual intro might be to have a look at the video series I produces, starting a topic from scratch:

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • Many thanks, I will watch your video the next time I can grab 30 minutes. I am a doctor and at the moment my colleagues and I are caught up with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • edited April 2020

    This is great. Thanks, @ctietze.


  • @ctietze Watched your video yesterday. Excellent!

    Thanks for providing it!


  • Happy to be of help! :)

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • @GeorgeF

    Have you read through the introductory ("Getting Started") material on this site? It is quite helpful, even if not exactly what you are looking for.


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