In the interests of efficiency (and a pathological avoidance of redundant work), this newsletter is not intended to take the place of other Obsidian resources. It will, however, hopefully maintain a static 'state of the meta' roundup of resources that might also be worth following along with, depending on your use-case. This is not necessarily exhaustive, and will skew towards things that get resurfaced often.
Note: A Chinese Alternative to this roundup is here: 如果您更想要中文的简报，请查看快报集合
- For fast, synchronous discussion of potential bugs, the Obsidian Members Group on Discord is probably your best bet, and the developers (
@Silver) are very active there.
@Licathandles more of the backend stuff, while
@Silverprimarily does front-end work and handles most customer service things.
- The best place for longform, evergreen resources, workflow tips, and code snippets is the Discourse forum. This is definitely where bug reports and feature requests should go so they don't get lost in the shuffle of Discord conversation. For ease of using it as an archival system, please, please, search before creating a new report.
- If you really hate live chats and creating new accounts, the ObsidianMD reddit community does exist and is monitored by the Obsidian mod team.
- Note: Due to the incredible pace of development, it's really hard to keep Obsidian-related documentation up to date. If you'd like to help, you can contribute on the github repository.
- The getting started guide isn't always the most cutting edge, but it has the benefit of being official.
- Nick Milo has an Obsidian For Beginners series on youtube.
- I really like this Obsidian basics write-up; it starts very basic which is great for total beginners to markdown, is quite indepth, and has lots of pictures.
- This Obsidian beginner's guide via Adrian Try over at Sitepoint is an excellent starting point!
- Matt Birchler put together a handy 12-minute Getting Started with Obsidian video guide.
- There's a playlist for Obsidian over at Productivity Guru that does a nice job of introducing the basics.
- Josh Duffney also has a nice video guide aimed at total beginners.
- Danny Hatcher put together a beginner's guide for building a second brain from scratch using Obsidian.
- Nick Milo of the Linking Your Thinking workshop has a YouTube channel that often touches on things useful to Obsidian, although not all LYT folks are Obsidian users. The primary focus is Personal Knowledge Management.
- Santi Younger also has a YouTube channel and teaches people how to use Obsidian in a paid self-paced course.
- This (paid) self-paced course from The Sweet Setup folks is an option as well.
- Effective Remote Work has an Obsidian Playlist and also has a course.
Personal Knowledge Management
- This summary of How To Take Smart Notes is a fairly nice primer on how many people in the Obsidian community approach note-taking.
@joshduffneyhas a more targeted tutorial on how to follow the Smart Notes philosophy.
- This summary of the Zettelkasten method is also very informative.
- The LYT kit by
@nickmilois a more up-to-date methodology that leans on flexibility and leverages Obsidian's features more specifically.
- This roundup of different classification & organization systems that can be leveraged for personal knowledge management is a great starting point.
@foreveryonehas several repositories, including some nifty CSS for tabs, some ways manipulate images, kanban boards that work with outline lists, and a handy tutorial for how to set up git with Obsidian if you've never used git before.
@klaasmaintains a list of popular CSS snippets on github as well.
@Reggiehas a nice youtube tutorial for how to create a custom theme.
- This meta thread on various sync options is meant to offer explanations of how to set up third party sync, which are not generally officially supported by the developers but do often work if you put in the setup time.
- This dataview snippet showcase is an incredibly useful list of how one can leverage the incredibly powerful dataview plugin, which was also the topic of the first Obsidian Community Talk. Here's Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube.
@SkepticMysticis currently an excellent point of contact about dataview, although
@blacksmithguis the developer.
- This meta thread on migration workflows is meant to be a roundup of methods to people import/transfer from other tools.
@liam, the mod who is currently most involved with plugin code review and created Calendar, Obsidian's most frequently downloaded plugin, maintains an unofficial FAQ for plugin development that is pretty helpful. This mini FAQ is also a handy place to start if you're interested in developing plugins for Obsidian.
- This tutorial on how to set up Zotero (a reference manager) for academic notes and get them into Obsidian markdown format with only a few clicks is really helpful. It also has some tips for leveraging the dataview plugin.
@catare currently good points of contact about this.
@Eleanor Konikmaintains an index of her workflow write-ups & interviews about how she uses Obsidian for Writing Fiction & Notes that includes links to relevant resources from other writers.
- Bryan Jenks has a YouTube channel for Personal Knowledge Management that has a lot of tips and tricks for Obsidian, and is a popular resource for working with ADHD.
- Anthony Gold runs the Obsidian Office Hours YouTube channel which is somewhat less active but does longform interviews with users to showcase different methods and styles of using Obsidian.
- Obsidian Community Talks is new but community driven and more open-ended based on what sorts of discussions people request.