At the end of my fall grievances, I noted that as the result of Apple's updates to my computer, I can no longer use OmniOutliner to keep track of my notes. Well, I could
if I was willing to fork over the money for the latest version, but I'm not sure that I want to do so. Although recent events might make me change my mind.
I can no longer use Microsoft Office either, though that's less of an issue since I stopped writing analysis for a third party. Most of my writing for the past five years has been in the form of notes or online posts. Mostly notes, because my online posting frequency has been… poor. For the past two years, I've had the good excuse that I started an offline business making gluten free breads and other products, but I would like to get back into the writing habit.
I've said that before of course, anyone who's read much of anything here knows that I periodically promise to write more, and this site has been reformatted any number of times. The last reformatting messed up some of the older pieces, but I simply don't have the time to go and fix them all.
If it's not obvious by now, this is a self-indulgent post. I have things to think through, and writing them out helps in that process. Ironically, this is the sort of content that would have been put into Outliner, sort of as a first draft, and then published (or not). Time will tell if by writing it here in the website software will mean that more will get published. Can't hardly publish less, given my history.
The time will come though, when the offline business will be no more, either because we sell it or we close it. And at that point, I would like to have my writing to fall back on. And the only way that happens is if I write. Much of my writing here has focused on health and nutrition, and I have tons more notes on topics that I never wrote up. And here is where the loss of outliner shows up again: because I've realized that the text files I turned all the outliner files into are more or less useless.
Not because the information isn't there, it is. But because it's so difficult to search. So why not just cough up the money for the program? I've considered it, and still might. But I'm also contemplating that perhaps because I had such an attractive note collecting program I spent more time collecting notes and less time writing finished pieces.
I did use the outline as a first draft, and would alter my notes as needed when I finally did write an actual piece. But items that would fit together in a single piece sometimes got separated into different outline threads, which were then hard to locate when the time came. That aspect is now even worse that everything is a text file.