I've decided to move my zettelkasten from The Archive to Notion.
- Notion supports Markdown with hi fidelity rendering (eg code with syntax highlighting).
- Notion supports not only media of all sorts but also tables (even linked ones) with different views.
- Notion is available on all devices.
- Notion allows for "nested zettel".
- Notion allows for adding meta data.
- Notion allows for filtering.
Although Notion stores zettel in the cloud in some database I retain full control because I can export my zettelkasten at any time to simple .MD files.
Sure, there are also drawbacks, e.g.
- Notion requires me (more or less) to be online when working with my zettelkasten.
- Notion is quite slow on an iPhone.
- Notion is subscription based.
But I've decided that the cons are less important than the pros: much richer zettel with all the media I want embedded in them. I want to remember a video, a song, a web page, an image? I can include everything right there in my zettel. An since Notion has become one of my core tools I'm happy to pay for it.
The Archive was a good tool to start with. Simple functionality, no frills to get me going and develop patterns. But now I need to move on...
Some impressions from my zettelkasten in Notion:
- Zettels displayed as little cards. That way it's easier for me to spot a zettel while browsing because my eye can detect features I remember:
- This is especially useful for zettels with images in them:
- A zettel showing more than just Markdown characters although it was created from my old Markdown file:
- An alternative view of the zettelkasten. This is handy when I want to see the whole title at a glance.
- An alternative way to collect quotes (or other material pertaining to a zettel). Instead of Markdown quotes with
>I'm using an inline table (which also can have different views). Zettel are not limited to unstructured text:
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