To publish or not to publish

On and off I have the grand dream of being able to share my knowledge and thoughts online in some kind of linked notes database.

I’m currently doing what I can at https://quantumgardener.info and I thought I had it all worked out. Today, I’m not so sure.

There are competing pressures which ebb and flow. I am using Obsidian extensively as my personal knowledge management system. It contains notes, journal entries, receipts, finance information, and more. At the 1:1 level (ie. me to me) it is perfect. However, if I want to manage shared content within it, then everything needs to be considered in more detail and it gets awkward.

  • By default Obsidian Publish will publish all pages unless told not to. To protect against accidentally publishing private content I need to add publish: false at the top of each page. Even so, there is still a risk of linking to a receipt, or insurance document, and publishing that online without realising it as linked files can’t be protected against upload.
  • Published pages can have multiple unlinked notes. Within Obsidian, these links show up and provide me with information. They are not always links that should be published.
  • The Obsidian Dataview plugin doesn’t work on the published site. I rely on it extensively to automatically generate content that I would otherwise have to manage manually. Who needs to waste that time?
  • I didn’t have any other platform other than Obisidan Publish. Now I have had to introduce a WordPress site (https://quantumgardener.blog) for RSS feeds that Publish can’t provide. I may as well shift my content over there instead, publishing only final articles, without the risk of sharing private content.

I think my decision is made. Now to actually make it and do the work of moving the content over 😁.