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No. 185

I Resisted Switching from Digital Notes (Using Obsidian) to Analog Because... I'm a P*ssy.

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Issue No. 185

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Friday, 5:58 pm

Dear Friend,

Alright, fine, here's the embarrassing thing I didn't dare to admit. I didn't have the courage yesterday...

I was struggling to admit how effective analog note-taking was.

In my notes to myself at the time, I wrote:

"I [can't] help but feel like it may be best to move towards analog completely."

Yet, there was one thing holding me back.

Here's the next thing I wrote:

"I must say, also, to be honest, the primary thing that makes me want to stick with Obsidian is the beautiful font and layout and style I spent this weekend creating."

Yes. That's me being honest.

What a pussy, right?!

I mean, seriously, to spend your time and energy on... creating a beautiful theme for writing?!... On a theme that fits the style and aura of great copywriters?... A theme that is inspired by the style of Gary Halbert's legendary newsletter?!

A theme, though... Yes, really... That's what was holding me back from moving from digital to analog?!

The reality is this: No matter how excellent the software is, digital notes do not result in producing the genius-level work you're capable of. It does not increase your chances of creating work that helps people, even 200 years after you exit the planet. It means to unlock creative genius, even sexy themes in the Obsidian app, would have to come second.

Thankfully, this was a relatively manageable decision.

I went analog.

Good news, though: despite this decision, I've Obsidian continues to experience an active role in my life. It's my preferred piece of software for one thing: writing content.

Obsidian is NOT best for thinking, or developing ideas. Nor is it best for note-taking or linking ideas.

Obsidian is for writing short-to-medium-form content. If you're a software developer, it's like switching from Notepad or TextEdit to a badass code editor.

Obsidian is perfect for the writer who doesn't need all the bells and whistles of Scrivener[1].


I was planning on sharing more today, but I spent over an hour writing and rewriting the message, "The First Time Visitors."

I'm going to head off now.

I shall continue cranking on more content to help you shift to a system where you can unleash genius-level work... an analog system.

Until tomorrow,

Always remember...

To stay crispy, my friend.

Friday, 8:33 pm


  1. Scrivener seems primarily useful for long-form content projects (like books). ↩︎


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