Compiling a commonplace book using

A commonplace book is essentially a scrapbook. You dump all kinds of information in there, and centralise your various streams/pools of knowledge.

They have been kept across all kinds of cultures over thousands of years. And I have one on my laptop.

  • I don’t use the powerful[[keyword]] syntax at all. Am I over-using #tags? (Answer: probably)
  • There is a single massive file called Individuals which has quotes from individual contributors where I didn’t have the context, and thought it didn’t work well to have individual and book in the same tree structure. Is is possible my information architecture is wrong? (Answer: yes, I just haven’t the energy to sort it out right now)



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Lucy Mitchell

Lucy Mitchell


Technical Writer. Former NHS OT and software developer in health tech. I like bikes and plants.