I had a baby. The Obsidian ecosystem has evolved. Find out what that means for the Obsidian Iceberg 👀
Wow! First, congratulations on your baby girl. What an amazing and challenging journey to get to that final "squirt". And it sounds like wonderful changes are in the cards going forward. I just want to thank you for all the work you've put in on the Obsidian newsletters. While I don't know you (except for the exceptionally written story of your recent delivery adventure), I'm guessing your future writing will continue to be a source of inspiration. Best wishes to you and the family.
I’m really looking forward to reading the new stuff! Knowledge management, history, and weird science are just the kinds of things I love hearing about.
Congratulations Eleanor! Welcome to Substack as well! This is the old Internet denizen formally known as “oldtowneast”. You really hit the nail on the head with the line: ‘LLMs and automations have made a lot of things I used to find joy in feel pretty rote.’ I look forward to rechristened Iceberg in whatever form it may take. I wondered how long you were going to keep up at it. It appeared that the number of plugins being released was too much to handle, requiring a full-time effort to evaluate and write about them weekly.
You might be right about the major established thought leaders, but make no mistake about it — you were fanning those flames long before anyone else was. I would argue that you’re partially responsible for Obsidian becoming as popular as it has, at the rate it had. Your Roundups were an essential part of their growth and any of us who were boots on the ground during that time knows that is the case.
Congratulations once again, it’s so nice to have you back!
Congrats on the new addition to your familiar, Eleanor (and wow, I’m so glad that everyone is ok)! Also, welcome to Substack!!! I agree with William Daniel Parker III --- your Roundups were an essential part of Obsidian’s growth, from what I can tell.
I’ve also been doing some hard thinking about priorities and work and time. This isn’t the first time, either. Once upon a time, I used to do a regular column in which I did a round-up of publishing industry news. It was fun and satisfying in the beginning, but then less and less fun and I realized it was time for a change.
Looking forward to seeing what you do on Substack!
Sounds like you had quite a time of it, but I'm glad everyone is healthy now.
Eleanor , Happy zero birthday!!!
Thank you for your service Eleanor. Your weekly newsletters were a wealth of information. I was always amazed how you were able to produce them each week with all or your other commitments. A testament to your efficiency as a working mom. I'm glad you made the decision to back off a bit and let what you love guide you. Best of luck.