There have been 3 changes to Why I use Obsidian for personal note-taking since it was first created (Jan 16, 2021).
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- Add further reasons for Obsidian 1/16/21
- Articulate local-first benefits of Obsidian 1/16/21
- Create new note on rationale for Obsidian 1/16/21
Why I use Obsidian for personal note-taking
There are lots of
However, I have also considered each of the following:
and thought I would articulate why I've ended up choosing Obsidian.
1. Obsidian is local-first
This, for me, is the ultimate killer feature that leads me to Obsidian (although there are other supporting reasons below).
With Obsidian, my notes are just local
I can opt-in to syncing...
- I could sync them between machines via some cloud storage e.g. Google Drive (I don't)
- I could store them in a
... and maintain the peace-of-mind of full file control
Since my files are fully local, I don't have to worry about them:
- being stuck behind a paywall if pricing plans change
- being inaccessible if some other company's servers go down
2. Obsidian is git-friendly
As a consequence of being local-first, Obsidian is
3. Obsidian is just markdown
Because Obsidian is just
- easy to write and author
- pluggable into an existing markdown ecosystem