Titles of notes are fundamental

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My digital garden is built around evergreen notes that link to each other (see: backlinks are the core of my digital garden ). I use inline-links with a simple markdown syntax: [[link]] becomes a link to a page titled link (which may or may not exist). The only way to create a link is therefore by remembering the title of the note, or by looking it up. Sometimes links are created to sentences, such as [[titles of notes are fundamental]] , which is self-explanatory, but it may be that the title does not fit the context.

Titles should be able to summarize the content of the note in such a way that it can be embedded in a larger context (a full sentence or paragraph) and that it allows its discoverability when writing about seemingly un-related topics. Backlinks are of great help, because they may arise from notes written a long time ago, but it still requires some mental juggling to remember and update them.

Notes without titles

Even though I think note titles can form an API to access knowledge, sometimes thinking about a title to represent the note may create more friction. Sometimes I know what I want to write, but I am not sure how to describe it with a sentence. In that case I resort to time-based notes, such as [[202010160912]] . These types of notes somehow represent the zettels of Luhmann method .


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