Learning Logseq through comparison with Tana



Obsidian + Logseq cohabitation

Dario da Silva


Tools on Tech (Bas Grolleman)


Video notes


(442) Why You Should Use Block References in Logseq: A Beginner’s Introduction - YouTube

Highlights & Notes

Video notes

(442) My top 5 Logseq Plugins for 2022 - YouTube

Highlights & Notes
Many more plugins I've since added!

Logseq breaking-in: First actual use and I'm lovin' it!

See this picture. On the top 3 bullet points (blocks in Logseq lingo), I was still playing with the idea of parent/child hierarchy, and adding "intra-block" line breaks (by SHIFT-ENTER). I also tested block reference by name.

Then, having watched Bas's videos and taken notes in Obsidian partly from Glasp, I decided to give Logseq a try. I replicated my notes from memory, and the results were beautiful: the notes in outline form are so neat. Everything is either a parent or child or a sibling. I already know markdown. That helped a lot. The "bullet threads" plugin Bas introduced, which I installed immediately, is great.

I am smitten! Don't think I'll stop Obsidian just yet, or if at all, but Logseq with its block/outliner DNA is now officially in my PKM arsenal!

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Drinking from the fire hose

I have since watched and noted several Logseq videos, learning more about blocks and pages. I have yet to acquaint myself with properties, and page properties (are they the same?), as these are about templates, which are super important, and according to Dario da Silva the page properties are going to be crucial for the future of Logseq.

The gravitational pull of Logseq

Markmap plugin

Thanks to Dario da Silva's free YouTube introductory videos for demonstrating this wonderful visualization of the hierarchical nature of Logseq as a terrific outliner.

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In just three days, my learning and using of Logseq accelerated. Look at this chart for just today. It's mainly notes I took from watching PKM videos. Very meta. I positively love it!

Long-form writing

The very last video I just watched is about a hack of promoting long-form writing in Logseq, which I consider to be yet lacking in LQ without native support. I am kind of sold on the idea of using the focus mode plugin plus the built-in document mode as illustrated in the video. With that, I think the barrier for long-form is largely removed, leaving me with pure admiration of LQ's block-based approach, which is turning out to be more granular and structured than page-based, and is way more conducive to future enhancement of LQ as a database app like Tana and notion. This development is very unlikely for Obsidian. That said, I am feeling a strong gravitational pull toward LQ as the go-to note-taking app for everything, even including long-form writing.


#todo What I have yet to do:

Long-form writing

Document mode


Speed and sync

Coexistence with Obsidian