Behind the scenes: how to start a website as an online creator

The creator economy is booming. In the United States only, 50 million people already consider themselves a “creator”—people earning an income from producing and distributing online content. These creators include writers, designers, and educators. For some, being an online creator is a way to supplement their income; for others, it’s a full-time job. There are …

Read moreBehind the scenes: how to start a website as an online creator

The state of personal knowledge management

Everyday, new tools for thought are launched. The personal knowledge management ecosystem is becoming incredibly complex. However, some visible trends are emerging: indie thinkers are making a living from conducting online research; tools are becoming more integrated; apps encourage active creation over passive collection of knowledge. This 40-page report reviews the current state of the …

Read moreThe state of personal knowledge management

How to choose the right note-taking app

The note-taking tools market is projected to reach $1.35B by 2026. The good thing is: there is a note-taking app for everyone. The not-so-great thing: with a new note-taking app popping up every single week, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for your use case. Before we dive into the …

Read moreHow to choose the right note-taking app

Quote the web with Quotebacks

Many tools for thought offer a single-player experience centered on storing and retrieving information, and don’t integrate well with the biggest multiplayer platform of all time: the Internet. Part of the problem is that we have been idle when it comes to its foundation: the hyperlink. In more than 30 years, the way we link …

Read moreQuote the web with Quotebacks

Browser extensions for Roam Research

Roam is a note-taking tool for networked thought which I find incredibly powerful. One of the exciting aspects of using Roam is joining a community of curious minds interested in metacognition and thinking in maps. While Roam is a pleasure to use out of the box, this community has created many browser extensions to improve …

Read moreBrowser extensions for Roam Research

Roam themes: how to style Roam Research with custom CSS

One of the most exciting aspects of Roam Research is metaprogramming: the ability to modify Roam’s behaviour inside Roam itself, without ever touching the source code. This ability opens the door for building custom algorithms for thoughts, and designing a thinking environment as close as possible to the way your mind works. Using CSS to …

Read moreRoam themes: how to style Roam Research with custom CSS

How to build a digital garden with TiddlyWiki

Many people asked me how I built my digital garden. Here is a short step-by-step guide to create your own. The final files are here. We will not cover styling—there are lots of great resources to learn CSS out there. What’s the difference between a digital garden, a note-taking app, and a blog? You can …

Read moreHow to build a digital garden with TiddlyWiki

How to use TiddlyWiki as a static website generator in 3 steps

TiddlyWiki is an amazing tool for thought. It’s free, open source, and extremely modular. If you gave it a quick try and want to take things a bit further, you’re in the right place. We’re going to look at TiddlyWiki as a static website generator. Static websites are fast, they’re easily indexed by search engines, …

Read moreHow to use TiddlyWiki as a static website generator in 3 steps

Open source and self-hosted alternatives to Roam Research

Last update on July 16th, 2020. As you may know by now, I’m a massive fan of Roam Research. It’s a fantastic tool for thought and has the potential to become a powerful enabler of collective intelligence. But for various reasons, you may not want to rely on a SaaS to save your notes. For …

Read moreOpen source and self-hosted alternatives to Roam Research

A beginner’s guide to Roam Research: getting started in 5 easy steps

By this point, most of my readers know how much I enjoy using Roam for research. But many messages I get are about how to get started. People are convinced this is an amazing tool for note-taking, thinking, and metacognition, but the interface can be a bit confusing at first. So here is my super-simple …

Read moreA beginner’s guide to Roam Research: getting started in 5 easy steps