Reusing my blog to be my Zettelkasten can be beneficial because I’m always planning to publish longer blog posts, but at the end, I just don’t do it. I don’t enjoy the process of writing long-form articles, because it forces me to think about the content from the reader’s point of view. It makes me nervous since it’s a very different state of mind, other than just writing for myself.
I write a lot of things every day and one of those things is my Zettelkasten. It contains short notes (Zettels) which I captured, processed, and organized. It has interesting content – for me at least – and I like the process of writing in it.
The idea to merge the essence of blogging with the process of keeping a Zettelkasten is very interesting, which should be explored more deeply. A WordPress blog as a tool for keeping a Zettelkasten fits very well because of the following reasons:
- Zettelkasten should be searchable, this blog is searchable as well.
- Zettels should be linked together. Since a blog is just a website, it’s made for making links.
- I can easily tag my notes on a blog.
- Each Zettel has a unique ID in the form of a public link, I don’t have to generate IDs manually.
- Keeping a public Zettelkasten can be a concern, but I can mark some Zettels as private.
- Zettelkasten — How One German Scholar Was So Freakishly Productive
- Using Zettelkasten and Tinderbox to Document a Literature Review
Today, I constantly remind myself before publishing any article that I am publishing this on my blog (which means that I can publish anything I want), and that it doesn’t matter if people read it or not. I’ll just keep doing my thing, because I enjoy doing it.