Digitizing my past to write my future: Transcribing my notebooks into Obsidian

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!

Grant’s notebooks, ready for transcription
Grant’s Obsidian Second Brain connections as of 2022-02-20 (check back in a few weeks!)

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