I now realize that I was starting down the right track as I now realize that I was right about being hesitant to reduce all of my book reading note files into a single commonplace book. While everything in each of the book files stands out as a more important point that was made in the covered book, which would be worth looking into retrieving should I choose to revisit study of a particular book. The fact remains that every point that stood out enough to make a book note file in every book that I read and took notes, does not stand out enough to make it into the single overall personal commonplace book.
The other problem when it comes to a way to figure out a way to keep the best bits of info in the actual commonplace book in the realm of computer solutions tags may play just as big if not bigger of a role than than index. Of course any computer software solution must also either be in a plain text file format and or be able to be easily exported to a plain text file format as a commonplace book is too valuable to get locked into any one computer software solution that may be discontinued at a later date and leave you stranded.
As of now my commonplace book is more of a commonplace folder on my computer with a few category commonplace book files. Maybe this might be a realistic long term solution as the category files only contain the best of the best in a certain category when the other files may contain a list of quotes that stood out to me for a single book or author. After all from what I heard the biggest mistake that one can make with a commonplace book is to add too much too fast without being more discriminating about what makes the cut. Regardless I still consider this as making slow progress in the right direction as I have yet to have sorted through all of the other files to figure out what deserves to go into the commonplace book files.
I thought I previously had it but a simple folder filled with rich text file, while it sounded good at first is not working out that well in practice. Although in reality is is becoming as chaotic as the random scraps of paper kept inside the books that I read. I am now almost starting to wonder if a physical book world work best for the ease of review, or if it is electronic that it would need to be contained within a single file or at most 2 with a separate index file spreadsheet. As unless it is something that actually gets reviewed or referred to later on the whole commonplace book project will be just another waste of time and effort.
I managed to set up a simple filing system as a notebook within PageFour which I already use for my journals and sermon writing. As an added bonus this will also ensure that my commonplace book is included within my automated online backup.
I lately realized that while I do take notes on things that stand out to me in books that most of the time it is just on scraps of paper that I use as bookmarks. While that might work well to keep in the book long term with the notes the problem is as time goes on I’m reading a lot more online articles and ebooks so that system does not work that well. If one takes the time to study books and take notes one owes it to oneself to keep one’s notes in an orderly fashion that can be accessed years later if needed otherwise it is just as big of a waste of time as not taking notes to being with in which case long term it becomes not that much better than sitting around and playing video games or watching tv. Long term access is also part of what is making me seriously wonder about if digital or paper will work out best in the long run.