Titles of notes are fundamental
is built around
that link to each other (see:
backlinks are the core of my digital garden
). I use inline-links with a simple markdown syntax:
becomes a link to a page titled
(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
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
. These types of notes somehow represent the
The Luhmann method
These are the other notes that link to this one.