Archiving external sources
Context is important. Most text only make sense when put into context, and so it is for Zettels as well. A Zettel might be nicely written and self contained, but what is written, was still written with a particular context in mind, and ideas, thoughts, information, etc, might be lost when this context is lost as well.
For example, when I properly get my Zettelkasten going, I will probably write some long overdue Zettels on one of my favorite science fiction short novels, however, a few years ago, the website that hosted it, took it down. Luckily I was able to find a mirror (alternative host) for it, but what if I hadn't and I had already written those Zettels? Aside from losing the novel, which would be painful, without the source, the Zettels would lose much of their value too.
I know of the web clippers / archivers, but do not be too focused on this particular example of an external source, they could be PDFs, images, anything really. I am not on MacOS, so I do not know what The Archive exactly offers for this, but I was wondering what others do to tackle this particular problem, what tools you use.
I am trying not to overthink my use of software too much, since I know from past experience I get stuck on trying to make the perfect tool, causing me lose track of the original goal of note taking, so I end up with a few tens of notes at most, until I create a new collection of notes elsewhere. Eventually not looking into them much or simply forgetting about them existing.
After hearing about this community I am trying to do better and just keep it simple at start making Zettels. My most successful collection of notes so far have been a pile of paper, some were even drawn on the back of opened envelopes, but they contained notes I kept going back to and adding stuff over time. I still have this pile and I know I will find it interesting to read again, even now after some years. The other successful collection were 3 simple .txt files that I simply only appended to, growing huge, but they are among my most treasured notes. Whenever I read them again, I come up with new insights or they allow me to go back to my core ideas and original thoughts on them when I might have strayed too far from them. This shows me the value of Zettelkasten, which is mostly the same, but applied on a bigger scale and more organized (in the method).
On topic again: Although it might cause me think too much about getting the best technological solution for it, I do think the need to archive external sources somehow is a something that needs a good technological solution for it to work, and is needed regardless of how simple you might want to keep things. What do you think and what solutions do you have to this problem?
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