Thank you Nick, I’ve watched many of your videos (and many from others). I’m using Obsidian now to not only organize my thoughts, notes, inspirations, but in fact the primary use case for me was the story I’m writing. After trying every mind mapping app out there over the years and finding no real eureka moments I was very excited to discover Obsidian (I really had no idea of all the PKM software out there).
So, to my point, I love to solve problems visually. Our brains are so adept at actually seeing and intuiting categorizations and linkages, so the graphing function of Obsidian blew my mind. Such possibilities!
However, it seems mostly eye candy as far as usefulness. I have gotten into filtering and coloring and that makes it much better, but I still feel there must be more that can be done to tease out the gems of inspiration. Although sometimes beautiful, merely seeing the size of the hair-ball isn’t enough, seeing all those connections isn’t really helpful and poking around is less than efficient (I can only imagine when I have hundreds or thousands of notes in there, which I do intend to).
Off the top of my head it seems that a more open ended filtering system (perhaps not unlike data view) applied to the graph would allow a user to see his data and connections in unique ways. I can imagine a yaml variable set as a type of importance, for example, and sorted for, and the graph dot sized accordingly. This is perhaps a simplistic example, but I am searching for some way to see those eureka moments.
Obsidian is still pre 1.0 so I’m not being critical. Just the opposite, I think it’s amazing and such an open system where anything is possible. Any insights in this direction would be very appreciated.