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Sep 25, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

Wow! First, congratulations on your baby girl. What an amazing and challenging journey to get to that final "squirt". And it sounds like wonderful changes are in the cards going forward. I just want to thank you for all the work you've put in on the Obsidian newsletters. While I don't know you (except for the exceptionally written story of your recent delivery adventure), I'm guessing your future writing will continue to be a source of inspiration. Best wishes to you and the family.

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Sep 25, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

I’m really looking forward to reading the new stuff! Knowledge management, history, and weird science are just the kinds of things I love hearing about.

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Sep 25, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

Congratulations Eleanor! Welcome to Substack as well! This is the old Internet denizen formally known as β€œoldtowneast”. You really hit the nail on the head with the line: β€˜LLMs and automations have made a lot of things I used to find joy in feel pretty rote.’ I look forward to rechristened Iceberg in whatever form it may take. I wondered how long you were going to keep up at it. It appeared that the number of plugins being released was too much to handle, requiring a full-time effort to evaluate and write about them weekly.

You might be right about the major established thought leaders, but make no mistake about it β€” you were fanning those flames long before anyone else was. I would argue that you’re partially responsible for Obsidian becoming as popular as it has, at the rate it had. Your Roundups were an essential part of their growth and any of us who were boots on the ground during that time knows that is the case.

Congratulations once again, it’s so nice to have you back!

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Thanks! Next week's edition is going to be a roundup of thought-provoking nonfiction articles, then probably a some thoughts on my note taking philosophy, then after that maybe a longform article about different kinds of war-fighters throughout history.

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Congrats on the new addition to your familiar, Eleanor (and wow, I’m so glad that everyone is ok)! Also, welcome to Substack!!! I agree with William Daniel Parker III --- your Roundups were an essential part of Obsidian’s growth, from what I can tell.

I’ve also been doing some hard thinking about priorities and work and time. This isn’t the first time, either. Once upon a time, I used to do a regular column in which I did a round-up of publishing industry news. It was fun and satisfying in the beginning, but then less and less fun and I realized it was time for a change.

Looking forward to seeing what you do on Substack!

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Oh, neat! It feels good to know that other people are in a possession to empathize instead of being mad at me for stopping πŸ˜… was it something like the genre grapevine, or a different part of the publishing industry?

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I did a column for Writersmarket.com (part of Writer's Digest Books). I think it was daily? It's been so long, I can't remember anymore! 😁

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Sep 26, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

Sounds like you had quite a time of it, but I'm glad everyone is healthy now.

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It was definitely an adventure! But on the whole worthwhile hehe

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Sep 26, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

Eleanor , Happy zero birthday!!!

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Sep 25, 2023Liked by Eleanor Konik

Thank you for your service Eleanor. Your weekly newsletters were a wealth of information. I was always amazed how you were able to produce them each week with all or your other commitments. A testament to your efficiency as a working mom. I'm glad you made the decision to back off a bit and let what you love guide you. Best of luck.

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I like to stay busy and connected, and I like thinking through intellectual problems... when my brain is at all functional. Which it definitely wasn't for the last few months! But I'm excited to be back in the game.

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