I managed to expand on this since posting.
2 types of thinking:
- Detail to summary
- Summary first, then drilling down into detail. This is more common.
This post is more for (1): people who already think in detail first and then link into summary as their default mental process. This process is slower. It surely needs a different approach to Zettlekasten.
At the moment, partly because of the above, I’ve only identified ONE goal for Zettlekasten: Rediscover sources.
At the moment, when I’m thinking, all I’m doing is duplicating my own mind. I don’t think I want to externalise the linking process fully. What I really want ObsidianMD and Zettlekasten to do for me as my short term goal is to help me record references to cite what others have said for social proof. I want to remember WHERE I read something. I want to rediscover the original Google Search I used to actually discover the good info without getting lost in clickbait and adverts.
This is why I link; because I want to be able to navigate back to those original input points from websites and authors.
So my goals are:
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN
Examples of this would be:
Who = Author of the book
What = unique keyword. Possibly created using HungarianCapitalisation to help searching
WHERE = www link, minimal unique section of book title
WHEN = When I discovered this :date
I also think it’s worth making a habit to remember that keyword somehow by giving it more meaning. Use a mnemonic as part of habit. If you speak another language, write your note in a different language to the source.