Drew Coffman (the other half of the Internet Friends podcast) writes:

"Your note library is not an encyclopaedia. It's a tool to facilitate thought. Don’t worry about completeness. Only write if it helps you with your own thinking."

He says that he would always try to "capture a complete experience" about whatever he was making notes about, trying to get everything relevant down at once. He is now a passionate user of Roam Research, the self-styled "note-taking tool for networked thought" - an associatively organised repository where everything is organised and connected via bi-directional links. Zettelkasten on steroids with the soul of hypertext.

I tried, and failed, to use a wiki plugin on the blog to create my own network of connected notes and instigate "slow writing" but the whole blog has become more like this. I moved away from trying to make everything perfect, trying to make everything an essay that explored a whole topic all at once. Switching to more of a micro-blogging ethos where I write more frequent, shorter notes, acting as a stream of consciousness, has become my own version of this connected style.

Linking to previous posts, and the "Related Post" references that creates, is a basic yet effective bi-directional system of connections allowing me to follow threads of thought over time. When you also factor in clickable hashtags (which I really should use more) the blog becomes more of a database than ever.

It really harkens back to the idea that the site is a "succession of little ideas" that combine into something bigger.

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