Why are Backlinks important to me?
As I build this site from new ideas and old content, I realise that I don't really know how you might use it.
I expect that the themes of this site will become pretty clear. However, lots of that content has underlying links, and I want to be able to draw links between (for instance) the rules-which-allow-freedom in exploration, improvisation, and peer conferences.
When I recognise a congruence, I can link two ideas togther. Hyperlinks go one way. Backlinks go back again, without effort from me.
So if I want to build an interlined cloud of ideas from whcih to form interactions and more, I need links as much as content – and backlinks are an integral element to that network which is not integral to HTML.
I make notes in Roam. When I make a note, I can easily insert a link to another note.
When I do that, Roam makes an adjustment to that other note – it adds a link to the not I'm working on. (I know this isn't actually an action, but it works OK as a metaphor for here).
So that means, when I open an old note, I'll often be delighted by its explicit links to other, newer things. I've not had to work for those links. These are backlinks – they allow you to start at the source, and to see what refers back to it. They're currently (2021-2) on-trend: you'll find them in Roam, Notion and more. I've just built a thing to allow backlinks for this site.
When you read about Digital Gardening, contrasting "a garden" with "a stream" (the stream being the firehose of twitter / facebook / whatever ) , you're typically reading about people building a network of linked information.
But Ghost? Ghost's a platform for serving content. Turns out that it's pretty stream-focussed: search is a plugin, and discovery is around reverse-date-sorted lists of posts in tag groups. Linking from page to page isn't facilitated, and building networks of information isn't easy at all.
* = within limts – I still can't easily upload code and assets independently of a theme.
link:operator, whicih allowed me to ask "what pages link here"? Roam is slicker, quicker, and easier to get used to than any of its predecessors.
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