Types of Notes

Note == Basic Data, Intelligible Matter

(Basically, words/symbols that (might) mean something)

  • Personal Note
    • Grocery List
    • Journal
    • Movie Recommendations
  • Literature Note
    • Media
    • Book Notes
    • Article Summary
  • Evergreen Note
    • Original Interpretations
    • Dynamic & Evolving in Nature (can always change!)
  • Basic Note
    • Money!
    • Social Security Numbers
    • Static Data
      • Elevator Codes
      • Blueprints
  • Living Note
    • Entities
    • “Inline Tags”
    • Carries Life and Meaning
    • Relies on backlinks to live

Personal Notes pertain to individuals.

They can include Basic Notes as well as Original Interpretations. They are usually kept closer to the writer and are less prone to sharing publicly.

Literature Notes are taken from existing sources.

They can be someone else’s works or summaries. Not recommended for sharing, since it is not original work (copyright infringement).

Evergreen Notes are “original” ideas.

They can be derived from Literature Notes or be original works of thought. They are ever-changing and evolving (hence, “evergreen”).

Basic Notes are static data.

Money is a prime example of a Basic Note, or an elevator access code. They are generally uninteresting but inherently valuable.

Living Notes are alive!

They carry meaning between other notes and the user. They don’t have definitive information in them, but connect notes and ideas together.

Example: Video Ideas is a note I can Backlink to single ideas that would otherwise be lost in my journal. I can write as I do normally while also retaining direct and meaningful access to what I write. (Imagine having to make a separate note for “video ideas” and leaving my journal entry to add the idea. It would lack context and flow!) I can then browse the Video Ideas note to see all my ideas over time in one place.

In other apps, we can use #tags for Living Notes. Since, tags are the means of “folder organization” in Amplenote, they developed “Inline Tags”, which are basically Tags as Notes. This approach is actually more powerful and flexible than using “traditional #tags”.

Example, this note here could be traditionally tagged with #video-idea, but I wouldn’t have the flexibility to apply the same tag to just one line in another note, and so I would then have my actual video ideas scattered. If I tag my journal entry with #video-idea, I would have to scroll through the note to find where I actually mention the idea. This is very exhaustive and indefinite.

By realizing Living Notes, we can more easily discern what “tags” should be “inline tags”.

Tags should be relatively static.

Inline Tags should be relatively alive.

If its like a “folder” - its a #tag.

If its a Living Note - its an Inline Tag (with [[ brackets)

Notes mentioning this note

Here are all the notes in this garden, along with their links, visualized as a graph.