I have spent so many years trying to find the best way to capture and archive my knowledge. As of today, I understand my main focus is:
- not only to creating my personal Wikipedia
- but also to have a single place supporting my content consumer to content process.
First, let me share with you my personal organization and process.
Here are my key needs in terms of CONTENT PRODUCTION PROCESS:
Get a place/way where I can see/filter the interesting content (from others) I have come across and clipped in Obsidian. Let’s call this folder “My LIBRARY folder”.
Get a place/way where I can see/filter the content (from others) I will engage with and reuse for my own content production (to get ideas, references, examples, etc.). Let’s call this folder “My DESK”.
Compared to My LIBRARY where I clip anything I do not want to let go to black holes for the future, the content that goes to My DESK will be processed in the coming weeks or months.
Get a place /way where I can store/see/filter all the ideas I have personally had and captured in Obsidian. It can be ideas I get while driving, taking a shower, walking, or consuming content, etc. Let’s call this folder “My IDEAS”.
Get a place where I can see/filter my Ongoing content in production, that is the content I am working on (be it short-term, mid-term or long-term). Let’s call this folder “My CREATIVE Lab”.
The content from “My DESK” does come either from the folder “My LIBRARY” or the folder “My IDEAS” .
Now, one the Ongoing content is edited and ready, I publish it (on my blog, in a book, whatever) and its ongoing status becomes a published status. That’s why I have another folder entitled “My PUBLISHED CONTENT”.
I am using the following tags to keep track on my Notes along my production process:
- a note coming from My LIBRARY has no “process tag”.
- a note with the #ongoing tag means I’m currently working on the note. I’m using Dataview to filter them all on a specific “My Complete List of Ongoing Notes”
- once that note is ready, I changed its process tag from #ongoing to #published. Then, I moved the note to “My PUBLISHED CONTENT Folder”.
My idea is to:
- never lose track of content
- get a very simple but effective task management system to always what to work on next.
Next to this, I have another folder entitled “My KNOWLEDGE Base”, which is kind of my personal wikipedia. It contains my personal notes about the books, videos, etc. I consumed and the knowledge I have captured along the years.
Now, let me ask you for suggestions and advice.
- Do you see any useless things in my folder architecture and process?
- Are My LIBRARY and My DESK redundant? Same questions for My IDEAS, My DESK and My CREATIVE Lab
- I feel like keeping all the published content (= my own productions that are going to go public) in a dedicated folder that is different from the folder of “my personal wikipedia” (evergreen content).
- I’m still wondering if I should use #tag as opposed to keywords in the Front Matter of my notes to manage the status of my ongoing content production notes?
I’m not a coder but I would like to learn how to do complex queries with Dataview so as to dynamically extract list of “ongoing content/notes” for this topic A or this topic B (example: Creating 2 respective lists of the ongoing articles I’m writing about the topic of Learning French and another list about the topic of Cooking). To that extent, I’m not sure which is the most powerful: Keywords in the Front matter Vs tags?
- I’m still wondering how other people use tags as opposed to links and what I should adopt for myself.
Links do not allow to filter and sort. As such, they are not adapted to put a status on the notes.
I do not see value into using tags for topics? Links are more powerful since they connect notes.
Should I add a #idea tag to all my notes being not processed yet, that is being either in the My DESK or My IDEAS folders?
Feel free to comment or share any thought and a big thank you to those who will reply.