All The Note-Taking Is Out of Control

Josh Spilker
ILLUMINATION
Published in
4 min readSep 5, 2023

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Every time I open Twitter, it seems like there’s a better way to take notes.

In Notion. In Obsidian. In Roam.

Apparently, a lot of people are seeing this too. Look at the interest in note-taking. It’s made a steady increase over the past ~20 years, with most of the spikes occurring around the start of school.

This is from Google Trends:

Want to find your favorite creator? They’re probably explaining how to take notes.

I don’t know if they’re reading or listening to anything while they’re taking

But why explain how to take notes? It gets views.

Here are a few from Thomas Frank, a productivity creator.

This one has more than 500k views in 4 months:

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