I’ve been Obsidian-aware for years, but have only just made the decision to start using it. Can somebody please tell me if I’m doing it right?
I’m starting out with Daily Notes. I’ve imported about ten years’ worth of daily journal entries and am going through the process of linking them (changing references like “tomorrow” or “next week” into links to other notes, that sort of thing). Each daily note has at least one embedded photograph.
I’ve more or less let Obsidian handle the files. All my Daily Notes are in a folder called “Journal” and all my photos and other attachments are in a sub-folder called “Attachments”.
Daily notes are titled “2024-02-12-Monday”, and attachments are titled similarly, “2024-02-12 - Daily Photo”.
I’m syncing all this between devices using the default iCloud folder. I don’t have any non-Apple needs.
One of the reasons I chose Obsidian over the alternatives (I’ve played around with them all) was because I wanted to end up with neatly formatted markdown files that could easily be transferred to another app, when that becomes necessary. I’ve wasted too much time, over the years, moving these notes between various proprietary systems.
Unfortunately, it all seems a bit unwieldy. My “Journal” folder and its “Attachments” folder each have in excess of 4000 files, making scrolling and finding entries onerous (especially on the iPhone). The mobile apps also seems to have slowed down.
Importing my Daily Notes is just the start of my plan. I hope to move all my writing to Obsidian but want to make sure I’m heading in the right direction before I mess things up.
So, does it sound like I’m taking the right approach? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. How many notes and attachments can Obsidian handle?