Started on May 3, 2022. Modified on May 18, 2022.
Getting Obsidian to play nice with other Markdown based tools is difficult. In particular, linking between notes, which Obsidian makes easy, uses non-standard Markdown formatting and so trips up Markdown implementation (like the one Hugo uses). Additionally, the backlink information is not stored in the Markdown files themselves.
- The live preview mode is quite nice. Much better than writing raw Markdown. I wonder if it could be forked and made standalone somehow? But it doesn’t look like Obsidian is open source.
- Being able to change themes, including fonts, pretty easily is quite nice.
- Having Vim mode in the editor is also a very nice touch.
- I don’t think it tracks as much metadata as I would like, such as start, publish or modified dates. However, it seems like I can add front-matter using YAML, so maybe I can maintain that on my own?
- I still don’t like that it’s in Markdown, but the Live Preview makes it palatable. I wouldn’t use it for publishing, but maybe for writing and keeping notes?
- Maybe worth working on a Markdown-to-Pollen converter for taking notes from Obsidian and getting them ready for publishing?
- Hooking into Obsidian Publishis a nice touch, and a good way to go from private to public notetaking. There seem to some interesting sites built with it, as I’ve noted in [[Website References]]. While the published sites can be styled with CSS to make them fit into a existing sites, they don’t support templates, so they can’t be properly integrated into an existing site. However, since the notes are stored as Markdown files, it might be possible to set up Hugo to build a website directly from it?
- Looking into the publishing options some, it looks like Blot might be a better solution. It doesn’t seem like they support backlinks, but they do have proper templates, so it should be possible to integrate it nicely with the rest of a website. I will have to look into [[Evaluating Blot]].