I want to share my ‘One Year On’ thoughts.
When I began my Obsidian journey, I latched on to the idea, ‘just get started and don’t fret the details’. So I did. Now, one year on, I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t work for me, and would like to offer my experiences to others.
Two Win10-11 laptops synced via free 2GB Dropbox and encrypted with Cryptomator. I’ve also migrated here from a OneNote 2007 setup, and am stuck with a mass of OneNote notes there, which is why I’m much more aware now of future-proofing.
(I opted to use Joplin for my Android phone note-taking app, syncing between my phone and the laptops, as I initially preferred the separation - not having my main vault on my phone. I still do prefer the separation, but I’m currently asking for help how to add a (separate) Android vault here: How to sync Android to Win10 via Cryptomator, Dropbox, and Dropsync - Help - Obsidian Forum)
As I use a lot of images in my workflow, I followed @santi’s suggestion and installed the Imgur plugin, as I figured it wouldn’t be too long before the free 2GB of Dropbox would be full. However, as I explored here: Open question - Using the Imgur plugin, how secure is it, into the future? - Help - Obsidian Forum, I have regrets about storing my images in Imgur.
I have downloaded my images from Imgur, easy to do. I’ve uploaded there approx 800 images and they take up 250MB of storage.
Looking ahead, I don’t want to have the same issue again that I now have with my massive OneNote collection, it’s stuck there, until I manually carry it over, duh. With all my images in Imgur, I don’t have control of them, I’ll be making the same mistake (thanks @Olondre!).
I’m currently considering keeping ALL my images in my Assets folder (until now I kept just my personal/sensitive images there, and all general images uploaded to Imgur). That will mean spending a day copying and pasting the 800 images into my local Assets folder.
At some point Dropbox will be full, at that time I can consider other options, but at least all my files will be all together, and under my control.
One option would be paying for more Dropbox storage, another would be leaving Dropbox altogether, and syncing my vaults between my laptops via Syncthing.
So what happens when/if Obsidian dies? The idea is, that markdown files are more flexible, adaptable. As my vault and my 2nd Brain grows, I doubt that I’ll want to transfer this ‘work of art’ into some future, super-duper file management system. So maybe that is the answer, leave your ‘old’ system where it is, and just move on to a newer system. I can imagine spending a day bringing in the 800 images, but I cannot imagine bringing over my old OneNote collection into Obsidian.
Therefore I need to make Obsidian as future-proof as possible, and embrace (keep in mind) at some point in the future there will be a newer as yet unimagined 2nd Brain program that I/we will be tempted to move on to.
My current concern is that I’ve already come too far with Imgur, it’s time to leave there and get my current Obsidian setup, under my control
This is a work in progress, so I’ll be updating this as I work it out.