One of my goals in 2023 is to do less reading and more processing of what I have read, by using Obsidian (which I have been using superficially as a dump for information for maybe a year) to ask myself questions or write concise summaries, and creating links between notes over time.
To this end I am wondering what the best way to approach the organisation of these notes - a perennial and subjective topic, I know! This thread holds some ideas, but unlike the OP I do not hate front matter, and while I want to reduce friction I am not wedded to a minimalist approach.
I am thinking of a single note format with YAML, as follows.
date created: → automatic from template
alias: → not always required
source: → default to ‘self’
author: → maybe default to ‘self’ here also
type: → omit and use tags instead?
status: → maybe something like ‘active’, ‘waiting’, ‘finished’, ‘backburner’, ‘archived’
tags: → instead of a ‘type’ field, use tags like ‘article’, ‘book’, ‘contact’, ‘recipe’, ‘PARA/project’, and ‘poem’?
I would still want to include different text in the body of the note (e.g. questions for journaling, or book summaries) depending on the implied type of the note, but I think that can be done using different templates and the Templater plugin.
This approach seems flexible enough to cope with any use case I can imagine, but I’m probably missing something. Are there any obvious pitfalls? Do other people do this?
On a related issue, I have skimmed the docs on nested tags, but I am not immediately convinced that they are a good idea. Isn’t there a risk that they introduce some of the problems of a folder hierarchy in the sense that you spend time trying to work to which part of a nested tag hierarchy a note belongs?