It's day 4 of using Obsidian exclusively and today I had the urge to go back to Roam for some reason. I didn't, but I felt the pull.
I don't know what it is, but there's this pull to Roam. I can do a lot of what I do in Roam on Obsidian, but there's just something about Roam.
But I kept in Obsidian. I didn't have a lot of work to do today so I didn't spend a lot of time in Obsidian or taking notes.
I went ahead and signed up for the yearly Sync plan at the early bird pricing. Sure, I could use iCloud Drive for free and be fine, but I tried out their Sync and it's faster and I love the fine grain controls.
Long Term Outlook
Roam has a bit more polish and less clutter than Obsidian. That's the biggest problem I have with Obsidian: clutter. Obsidian can start to feel like a Wordpress website where you install 20 different plugins to help your site out and give it more functionality, but nothing really feels cohesive like a Squarespace site.
It's a weird analogy, but it makes sense to me. I need to keep in mind that Obsidian is young and has some growing to do.
When I use Obsidian I often feel like I'm trying to find a workaround for something that is easy to do in Roam.
Could my view of Obsidian be skewed because I started out on Roam? Most likely. If I had started on Obsidian and then moved to Roam, it likely would have felt difficult as well.
If Roam died could I use Obsidian. Definitely. Would I like it? Over time, yes. But right now it still feels...different. Tomorrow is my last day of using it exclusively. I'm still not sure if I'll be using it exclusively yet, but it's close.