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Ryan P. Randall

Instruction Coordinator & Faculty Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho ∴ Literary, media & cultural studies ∴ Web Editor at In the Library with the Lead Pipe ∴ Sous les pavés, la plage ∴ We are, as always, stubborn, stoked, and petrified - GY!BE

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Here’s a post I wrote for Hack Library School discussing Markdown and the Bullet Journal system for note-taking. Markdown is a simplified way of writing html, and happens to also be what I use when writing this site through Jekyll and GitHub Pages. Bullet Journals are a system not for classroom or lecture note-taking, but rather for everyday notes about actions, ideas, or projects.

An aside on Markdown not in that Hack Library School article: Sometime I plan to write a few posts on this blog about how I made this site with Jekyll and GitHub Pages, both of which use Markdown. I actually write all the notes that I type in Markdown format (or a variant) because I prefer plain text files and being able to output from there to all sorts of different presentation formats like .docx, .pdf, or .rtf. Oddly enough, I starting using it because earlier versions of iOS didn’t have a way of writing notes that allowed for formatted text, so Markdown started taking off among people who had iPhones but wanted to write links (or italics for academic citations). I’m glad I started using Markdown, even if I do so because of technical limitations, because I think it’s a highly useful way not just for writing for the web but also for taking notes and writing in the most lightweight, future-proof format possible.



Nice thought. I do pretty the same for my notes and writing. I think MarkDown and Bullet Journal are best for minimal but more productive way of producing ideas and writing. Methods very close (or actually like) old fashioned pen & paper. Plain text – with MarkDown or not – is the best choice for simple way of writing and future-proof digital stuff.

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