I’m a note taker. To a fault. I need to remember something, I open a notes app. The problem is, I have many. Right now, it’s SimpleNote, Apple Notes, Good Notes and for writing, Scrivener or Dabble projects for ‘bibles’.
They’re all fine, but mostly inflexible. Enter Notion.
It’s not new, at all. It’s new to me.
I started with migrating my story bibles over from scrivener projects. This was mostly because Scrivener for iPadOS is trash. Navigating between projects is a nightmare and a half and since they don’t seem to be interested in making the app more mobile-friendly, I’m moving away from it.
My story bibles are … extensive, so it’s a work in progress. This post is about…
I don’t write code anymore, but I’ll always be a coder at heart I think. I version track things. Always have. For books, that was a note in simplenote; one per series. It wasn’t the worst setup but wasn’t as useful as I wanted and was an app I didn’t always have open.
So I moved my version tracking to a Notion Project. I found the basic “Reading List” DB and modified it.
I created an entry for each book. Added a series table so I could sort by series number and such.
I track a few details along with versions. ISBN numbers, copyright file numbers, and release date. I might add more now that I have a more robust and searchable setup.
So far I’m loving the flexibility of Notion. Having an iPad app I can toggle to when writing vs. backing out of the writing project to open the bible, etc. is awesome!
I keep finding myself looking at other existing templates to add to Notion. I can see this becoming my go-to app for storing thoughts.