Hello there! I recently made the switch to Logseq and, as a fellow developer and startup founder, I’d like to share my journey and the reasons behind my choice.
- Before Roam Research, I was switching tools a lot. I did it all: Evernote, Bear, Mac Notes, Workflowy, … Roarm Research was the first thing, with a USP for me, because of the 2-way linking. I used it since the beta.
- In the last 6-18 months, I had been experiencing frustration with Roam Research due to its loading times and less-than-ideal mobile experience. My decision to seek a better alternative was prompted by a discussion about note-taking tools on the Gotime podcast.
I compared Tana, Obsidian, and Logseq, and here’s what I found:
- Obsidian w* as quickly ruled out because it lacked a journaling feature and was too similar to Notion. My primary requirement was back-references, as this is how I organize my entire knowledge base.
- Tana offered a neat web experience. However, it only provides a mobile app for capturing new information, which doesn’t align with my workflow. I need full access on mobile for all functions. Therefore, I needed a tool that worked seamlessly on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- That said, I didn’t need something collaborative.
Logseq, you’ve done so many things right:
- After importing from Roam, I encountered many empty pages (likely due to reloads), but I was able to find and utilize the “orphan pages” feature.
- The shortcut feature is phenomenal! I can use shortcuts for everything, just like in most of my favorite tools.
- Logseq has proper native apps, and their loading times are impressive!
- The complexity of operations is easier to understand because everything is a markdown file, not one large graph.
- I appreciate that it’s open-source and that it has a supportive community. The blog posts created a very positive first impression.
- The revisions feature is a game-changer!
To be honest:
- iCloud sync did not meet my expectations, but this might be an issue with iCloud sync itself, not your tool. This should be made clearer, in my opinion.
- I’m now trying Logseq sync. So far, the Logseq sync has worked flawlessly.
Keep up the good work! Please remain small and focused on doing one thing exceptionally well!
Lastly, I have a question: what is the meaning behind the name “Logseq”?