Trying to write a blog post, and reminded how simple it is to make a scrapbook of notes, and how the harder part is moving from a collector to being the creator of some new synthesis. I think partly because I haven’t really been documenting my own notions along the way; not so as to make them easily reusable, at least. They’re there, but need some excavation.
Fedwiki as a home for this kind of thing, I wonder?
Are you up for self-hosting? Or would you need a hosting service?
Thanks I guess this seems a little too 'programmed' to me. Explicit links, posts, mappings. Fedwiki has more tacitness in it.
It's possible to stay in touch with what a friend/collaborator is up to, once you nominate some common space (page names). And the wiki wizards, this past year, have been developing powerful techniques for applying mappings to scraped material, or scrapbook pages (your own, or another's). This is the rationale of fedwiki, and currently actively developing.
These notes are sometimes the raw material for fedi or blog post, articles, etc. But not always. It always takes work to transform them.
I have been looking at fedwiki more recently, to see if I might start to fit my notes in with what other people are doing, which is definitely appealing.
@neil @mike_hales yes, I think having note taking tools you actually enjoy using regularly helps, but it's always work to assemble rough thoughts into something more polished and meaningfully connected with other people's work.
Although I'm sure someone somewhere is shoving their rough notes into GPT-3 and publishing the results.
@neil @edsu @mike_hales i try to take an hour each day, pick one thing I already collected or wrote, and think about it, write , connect it to other notes etc. It usually branches out easily from whatever starting point I pick. I pick a starting point scrolling through my collection and choosing one that ignites a bit of interest with me that day
Being conscious that notes should eventually become notions is helping me a lot. (notions aka evergreen notes, but I prefer the former term - which I got from your article Ton! https://www.zylstra.org/blog/2020/11/100-days-in-obsidian-pt-4-writing-notes/)
And just some simple rules of thumb about the naming of these notions is surprisingly effective.
@despens I see the comment is attached to this:
I have to use Notion at $work and would never actively choose to use it for anything.
@edsu At Rhizome we modeled our own workflows and knowledge management and are pretty happy with both in notion.
(That still makes notion slow, having a pretty poor mobile app, and lacking in the calendar area—but we evaluated 19 different tools and notion was the best for our case.)
@edsu To be fair, some of the 19 reviews did not go that deep, on example was "cringy aesthetics, unusable 👎️"
@nilsreichert I'm happy with my editors, but it's always good to know about new shiny ones to recommend when trying to win people over to markdown!
@mike_hales @edsu FedWiki is great. I guess one thing that niggled me is it feels something of a monoculture. This comes from a position of ignorance of it though - is it not? How does it interoperate beyond FedWiki? I like the idea of a plurality of ways of making wikis, and then thinking how to conjoin them all.
> something of a monoculture
This year, the fedwiki wizards have been doing a lot of work on the edges of 'traditional' fedwiki, interworking with other media. Part of their focus on 'edge computing'.
It's necessary to be in the chats (regular, weekly video hangouts, or continuous matrix) to pick up the vibes. It's not obvious on the face of wiki 'straight out of the can'. Fedwiki is about being willing to do a certain amount of work to connect with others? Or with oneself!
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