Jake LaCaze

A Morning Dive into Obsidian

This morning I decided to take a bit of a focused deep dive into Obsidian. I started by expanding upon something simple and elaborating on it.

The focus of this morning’s deep dive was a note titled “Books Read”, which is just what it sounds like: books I’ve read since starting the note. Shortly after subscribing to micro.blog, I started keeping a list of books I’ve read on my own site. But after spending an hour or so working on this note, I can see where Obsidian can benefit such tracking.

Below is a screenshot of my “Books Read” note to give an idea of what I’m working with.

The colorful Dracula theme may be distracting, so I’d like to point out that the text in orange signifies an internal link. Links for book titles point to my thoughts on the book. (I hesitate to call them reviews because they’re hardly of that quality, but in my defense, I’m filling most of these in weeks after having completed the titles.)

You may also notice that some authors have links, and as you would expect, that means I have created my own entries for them.

Let’s take a dive into Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion. And let’s focus on the concept of how this relates to Obsidian rather than the content (or lack thereof) of my notes going forward.

Below is what we see when we check out Play It as It Lays.

In this quick note, you can already see a couple links starting to build, one to the author herself, Joan Didion, and another writer she influenced, being Bret Easton Ellis.

Then, if we click on Joan Didion…

We’re starting to see more links building. One link goes from Didion to Ernest Hemingway and another to Bret Easton Ellis. If I were someone trying to discover my literary influences, this would be big. I can see a path being created and a bit of an identity forming as a result.

Just for craps and giggles, here’s the graph resulting from my “Books Read” note.

“Books Read” is in the center, and you can see all of the titles I’ve read spoking off that center, but on one side, you can see some funky links between nodes. This is hardly impressive in its current form, but I can see how this all starts to build on itself. It’s important to remember that this is not a knowledge base for the world. This is your knowledge base, so it’s most important to see how these items link for you.

And finally, for more craps and giggles, here’s a screenshot of my entire graph in Obsidian.