Maps of Content
So, in an effort to resist the sentiment of the U2 song, that "nothing changes on New Years Day", I've finally gone ahead and developed some categories for Maps of Content in my Obsidian vault. I had made some folders for particular types of notes (such as my Daily Notes and my Readwise Inbox), but I still had hundreds of notes arranged in just alphabetical order in the root folder, so they appeared as a ling list on the lefthand side. I went through them all yesterday and assigned them to folders. I made the MOC folders as I needed them, based on some general categories such as "My Reading", "My Writing", "Research", etc. I didn't go back and study Nick Milo's videos, so I did this based on what I remembered rather than any type pf faithful recreation of the LYT style. One thing I did as part of this sorting was to color-code the various categories, so I can see at a glance what the relative balance is, in the graph.
The next thing I want to do, and it's going to take a while, is to fill in the empty notes that are actually important connecting nodes in the graph. I have this sort-of love-hate relationship with empty notes. I love double-bracketing things as I read and highlight, or as I'm writing in the vault. Words that I think will be clues to more reading or research, or that are important ideas in a text that I'll want to refer back to. But on the other hand, I don't like the fact that when I flip the switch so that my graph shows me only "existing" notes, I lose the glue that connects a lot of these notes together.
The solution I'm going to use is to visually inspect the graph and when I come across an empty note that is also a node, I'll turn it into a real note. This will often involve linking to other topics (some existing and some not), but over time I should build a better-linked vault where I can more easily follow the trails of ideas visually rather than by way of searches. I imagine there are ways to do this with searches, plugins, or macros. I looked at a thread about sorting empty notes by the number of connections and decided I didn't want to do it. Not only was it more complex than I wanted it to be, but I'm leaning into the visual here. For me, this is the main thing. It's the advantage Obsidian has over a wooden slipbox and paper notes. It's also the advantage it has over Roam, for me, and over Tinderbox. So I'm going to leverage this advantage and have all the fun I can with it!