I have a new project. Using Obsidian as a second brain (thanks to my brother for the recommendation!), I am going to digitize all of my physical notes. I have many, MANY pages of notes. They range from travel notes to intellectual musings to pictures. This transcription project could easily take 100 hours or more. But it is a worthy and lifelong opus.
I’m doing this for a few reasons:
- I want to make my notes easily searchable
- I want to be able to easily relive and appreciate my past
- I want to connect past ideas across time and space to generate new ideas
By using tags and connections in Obsidian, I can make connections between nodes (notes) that would be difficult to realize otherwise. These connections could unearth unknown topics in fresh ways. For example, maybe a note from 2014 could connect to a thought from 2018 that could address a problem in 2022.
I plan to write new blog posts based on realizations that come directly from this project. More to come!
2 thoughts on “Digitizing my past to write my future: Transcribing my notebooks into Obsidian”
Already looking awesome! Looking forward to what you create with this
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Thanks for the recommendation. It’s growing bigger and badder!