Readers of my previous gestures of blogging may wonder at the first post of this new endeavor. For many years, I wrote blogs as a set of summaries of my own photography process, an exploration of the malleable line between images and words, and as prolonged artist statements about my own work. This first post is not really about photography, but it is about writing, and it begins to explain why I have had a hard time writing publicly for about three years.
If you are reading this with no prior knowledge of me or my work, welcome! Chances are this post was shared on a PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) related venue, such as the community surrounding Obsidian or other Zettalkasten related endeavor. The likelihood is high that you’ve read or watched videos on this topic before. I hope that a documentation of my process is helpful in your pursuits. If I had to assess some common through-line of PKM practitioners, it’s a willingness to discuss and read about process as much as the knowledge itself. I hope that this discussion can aid in your pursuits by bringing new insight or clarity.
Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is a topic I stumbled across in the spring of 2021 when I found the website “Everything I Know” by Nikita Voloboev. I was fascinated by the idea, and quickly found the software Obsidian, an often used software for managing PKM databases. I was interested in the idea of creating a centralized hub of writing which is curated, updated, and perhaps even published, and I slowly began trying to work out how to understand and use this system.