I switched notes apps (and back) (again) (and here’s what I learned)

Yet again, the grass was not greener. I did learn a little more of simplicity-by-reduction. I asked myself, what Obsidian plugins or idioms am I using because someone else seemed to benefit a lot from it? Then I stopped using the ones that weren’t actually doing much for me. 💪🏻

I don’t need daily notes. That’s for the journal, which happens elsewhere. Daily notes might actually make my note-writing worse because I’m not above a perfunctory streak-preserving note.

It might even be the case that Muse is the right connecting-the-dots notes tool for me and Obsidian is more like a long-term development tool for preserving, archiving, and evolving ideas. 🧠

One of Obsidian’s advantages is the data is not opaque, its files in folders. I should use Finder more! It’s very good for dragging files around and considering organizational hierarchies. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I thought just buying Bear (it’s not expensive!) would cut the envy knot. It sorta did, so that was nice for about a day. Then, almost immediately afterward, I caught word that Obsidian’s previously-vague “mobile improvements roadmap” turned out to be “improved load-time” which is half of what I wanted. Timing is everything, folks! That said, native macOS/iOS apps are just excellent and I hope the Obsidian developers can close that gap.

As far as how to use Obsidian without getting nerd sniped: Tom MacWright and Matt Stein have the right idea. At least, not too nerd sniped. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Adam Keys @therealadam