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A web application inplementation of the Zettelkasten method I’m building. Inspired by others’ digital gardens.

Ideas Behind the App

  • writing as a means to understanding, even if Wikipedia remains a more thorough resource.
  • Linking new ideas to ones I’ve learned already can help me understand, contextualize, and remember them.
  • Breakthrough ideas in one domain are often inspired by ideas from another (inspired by James Burke’s Connections). Linking ideas together can help form new ideas.
  • Learning in public is better than learning in private. Our minds are echo-chambers: we need feedback. And most ideas have been thought already, so connecting our ideas to others’ can lead us to what is truly original.
  • Finding connections makes life more meaningful

Why I Need Something Like This

  • Whatever interesting thoughts I had, I found myself thinking them over and over, as if my brain were trying to hold on to them. If I wrote them down somewhere I’d be sure to come back to them, could my brain move on to other thoughts?
  • The time I have to write has become shorter and less predictable since having kids: my youngest might wake up at 5am or 6:30am, and I got tired of waking at 5am to write, only to be interrupted 10 minutes later. If I can’t find the long stretches of uninterrupted time it takes to write essays, what format could I write in that fit my newfound time constraints?


  • nonviolent communication

    …Lately I've felt discouraged and avoidant about working on [[]] because the feature I had been working on turned out…

  • about

    …Hi 👋🏻, I'm Steve. I built [[]] to help me connect concepts and ideas on the things…

  • Cognitive load

    …such as by relating new concepts to existing ones (like [[]] tries to do with mentions and references). Because all cognitive…

  • note-taking process

    …fine. 3. **Inter-linking**: now that a concept is captured in [[]], I can immediately see in the sidebar any other notes…

  • Zettelkasten

    …thinking|systems theorist]] Niklas Luhmann, and is the inspiration for [[]]. Luhmann considered his box of linked notes a "conversation partner…

  • learn in public

    …it grows into something big and important enough to publish. [[]] is designed for just this purpose. Learning in public provides…

  • Why use

    …they all stop at being fancy private notebooks. What sets [[]] apart is the opt-in sharing and collaboration. With one…

  • community

    … I'm building [[]] as a tool to support communities of inquiry and practice…

  • an ancestry of ideas

    …is to the experience I'm trying to build with [[]], but instead of a tree of people it's about…