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Posted by Luhmann
Nov 14, 2021 at 05:30 AM


I wrote a forum post called “Three Choices New Users Need to Make” that is designed to help new users get used to working with Personal Knowledge Managers (PKMs) like Logseq and understand some of the options available for organizing your notes in Logseq.



Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Nov 14, 2021 at 12:16 PM


Nice primer on set up. You’re correct that these decisions will help with other apps as well. Thanks for sharing.



Posted by satis
Aug 15, 2022 at 11:56 PM


To add to this, the Keep Productive channel on YouTube recently uploaded a fairly comprehensive 50-minute long ‘Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Logseq - Getting Started’


It was created by Dario daSilva, who has a Logseq-and PKM-focused YouTube channel of his own with a lot of content



Posted by MadaboutDana
Aug 16, 2022 at 07:44 AM


Nice one! I confess I find LogSeq intriguing but baffling – your primer should be very helpful!

Luhmann wrote:
I wrote a forum post called “Three Choices New Users Need to Make” that
>is designed to help new users get used to working with Personal
>Knowledge Managers (PKMs) like Logseq and understand some of the options
>available for organizing your notes in Logseq.
> >https://discuss.logseq.com/t/three-choices-new-users-need-to-make/3411


Posted by satis
Aug 16, 2022 at 02:17 PM


I think the takeaway I got from the 30 or so minutes I got through is that Logseq has some privacy and other advantages (eg Markdown as default) over similar apps like Obsidian, but none of these apps are really easy enough for most users to easily decipher more than the minimum. Without constant use I think you’re apt to forget a lot, and without some disciplined delving into the app (and long or multi-part user-created videos) you won’t learn of the full benefits.

Logseq also seemingly has UX inconsistencies in it. For example, in the first few minutes of the video we’re repeatedly told how double-brackets and tags are “the same,” the main difference being that you can have multi-word tags with spaces in them only if you use the double-brackets. (Whereupon the example shown uses *both*.) If that’s really true, there is no reason to have tags at all in the app: the double-brackets already do double-duty as tags, so why not promote that as a defining, and simplifying, advantage over competing apps?

I think there is tremendous potential for block- and page-embeds but I’ve never been particularly enamored of the Graph, which quickly becomes a useless Byzantine muddle, and which seems more like a gimmick. So I’m still looking for an app with local data (and syncing between Mac/iOS) that simplifies note-taking and outlining without needing literally hours of learning and prep to understand.

It seems to me that giong forward the most popular apps will end up being notes/writing apps which add linking while focusing on simplicity and WYSIWYG. Not a lot of those right now, but I think Bear for example is a solid, beautiful and powerful app which has done this, and is pretty affordable at $15/yr for Mac/iOS sync. (A shame I dislike writing in the choice of 7 fonts available inside the app.)


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