I’m a bit surprised by the response to the interest in Roam and equivalents in this forum. I definitely understand the eye-roll inducing hype cycle that comes with a lot of new software trends, but I’d argue this isn’t really a trend and more of a natural progression away from hierarchical data structures. I’ve tried pretty much every note taking app out there, and I could never quite shake the feeling that it’s not that much better than paper and pen, other than having search. Now, with software like Tinderbox and the newcomers Roam and Obsidian, you’re able to get away from having to categorize your notes up front into impossible-to-maintain hierarchies and allow emergent discoveries to arise with backlinks. It’s the first time I’ve seen software leap far, far ahead of paper.
I was immediately drawn to the concept of Zettelkasten, but was baffled by the lack of real-world examples when researching it. Finally, with the explosion of Roam, I found a couple of videos and posts showcasing specific workflows which helped me think through how I organize and adjust.
Lately, I’ve been building a pretty decent setup around DEVONthink, Tinderbox and a dash of reMarkable tablet.