This is my attempt at mind mapping my blog overview and tagging system, or creating a web of thoughts. Mind mapping isn’t an intuitive thing for me, but I think this exercise was helpful. I was inspired by two things.
This statement from Alan Jacobs who writes a blog (and a newsletter) about many philosophical things, and sometimes blogs about blogging:
Blogs are great, but the reverse-chronological system has some problems: it gives unnecessary prominence to the new, and it masks relationships between posts that aren’t contiguous in time. One partial remedy for these ills is to browse certain tags.Alan Jacobs newsletter, June 27, 2022
Secondly, some reading on the Zettelkasten system of note-taking, and my first attempts to start using it.
(A Zettelkasten) has hypertextual features to make a web of thought possible. The difference to other systems is that you create a web of thoughts instead of notes of arbitrary size and form, and emphasize connection, not a collection.Zettelkasten Introduction
The two phrases that stuck out to me are the “relationships between posts that aren’t contiguous in time” and “a web of thoughts“. I’m working on this blog becoming both of those ideas. Some of the words on my mind map don’t yet appear in my tagging system though, so I have some work to do!
Stationery in the Photo
- handmade notebook
- blog notebook (in the sage colourway)
- date stamp
- skeleton clip
P.S. The temperatures have dropped and suddenly it feels like fall. There’s still some good basil in the garden though, so I’m planning on making this Thai dish on the weekend.