On Zettelkasten purism and the misdirection of backlinks

TL;DR Don’t be distracted by the allure of backlinks; a good knowledge management practice provides more value. Luhmann’s Zettelkasten isn’t law; your needs should instruct the directives you follow. I disagree with ‘backlink exceptionalism’ The commonly understood novelty of the Zettelkasten tool is its non-hierarchical organization composed of hyperlinks. Backlinks generate interconnected networks of thought which mirror the associative nature of our brains. It is a departure from traditional hierarchical note-taking practices....

July 27, 2021 · 6 min · Kristoffer Balintona