Your thoughts evolve. If they don’t you have adopted fixed positions. You may no longer be open-minded, susceptible, exploratory.
My values include a life-long commitment to personal development. My search for the Well-Lived Life means I will have to go on looking. Thoughts in Progress (TIP) are thoughts on the way to becoming articulated and/or realised ideas.
A Digital Garden is a place where you curate and share your ideas. The point of a Digital Garden is that ideas are emergent; they are Thoughts in Progress (TIP) rather than your completed ones.
This notion of Thoughts in Progress (TIP) is one of the ways a Digital Garden is distinguished from a conventional blog.
I have a small garden of my own called Poetry in Practice.
Over the years, I’ve used many note-taking apps.
I really like Bear . For a long time, this was my note app of choice. You can chuck lots of different things at it, including web clips. Bear also stores your notes as Markdown, so there’s no fear of losing them. The notes don’t really play that well with other apps, and you can’t use it alongside Obsidian because there’s no way I’ve been able to find to access Bear’s notes from Obsidian.
What Should Notes Be About?
What Are Evergreen Notes?
A Note-Making System
In order to build a functioning Note-Making System, one that is capable of deepening your understanding about your Areas of Interest, you should adhere to a set of principles. These principles make it easier for you to connect your thinking as it develops, creating linked ideas and concepts. This is one of the ways knowldge turns into wisdom.
Items which were stored in DEVONthink may have passed a threshold of interest, but they were prone to two problems:
- I may have stored items which were of passing interest, but whose utility was ephemeral
- there was no obvious retrieval method, or means of linking ideas together, even allowing for DEVONthink’s rather impressive AI.
Information Flow Purpose
- to deliver a means of sparking abundant creativity for my work as a poet and writer
- to ensure that there is a system in place for recording insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings associated with an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value
- by linking insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings together, I will provide fertile soil for Creativity Activation.
What Are Evergreen Notes?
The term ‘Evergreen Notes’ is used by Andy Matushak to describe notes which are more than fleeting.
Evergreen notes adhere to the Zettelkasten Principles which makes it easier to do consistently.
I have developed my own terminology. Instead of Evergreen Notes, I use the term Cornerstone Note because I like the idea that they are building blocks of information.