Logseq vs. Obsidian

Longtime Obsidian user here, thinking about kicking the tires of Logseq.

As I understand it, Logseq is focused on blocks while Obsidian is focused on documents. And Logseq is built on a timeline view. How does that work out in real life?

What are relative strengths and weaknesses of Logseq vs. Obsidian?

Can anybody talk to this who’s familiar with using Logseq for journalism/blogging type projects?

(signed)
Curious

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If you are not already aware, you may find insights from discussions at this site. A search on logseq brings up 11 title matches just to start. One of them says Replacing Everything with Logseq.

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I tried Obsidian for a bit and, more recently, Logseq and I definitely prefer Logseq. It feels much more like a replica of Roam but with local markdown file storage. I’d like them to launch a sync service since it now depends on iCloud and, while that works, its not as smooth as I’d hoped.

I’d definitely recommend trying Logseq and letting us know what you think. So far I’m liking it.

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can’t say I am one of these people but I tried Logseq roughly two months and I liked it. The only reason for abandoning it (at least for now) is the reliance on iCloud sync for my iPad app. iCloud sync is just unreliable and slow. So I am back to Obsidian. So you do not need iCloud sync there is no issue. I am also waiting for the Logseq sync

From my limited experience with Logseq,

strengths

  • native outlining
  • better (but more rigid file structure) - this can be a double edge sword
  • better handling of pdf and other media files
  • block level structure, so links can be done at the lower level
  • support org mode or similar to emacs

weakness

  • sync (as mentioned above)
  • less community plugins (can be a key issue if one relies on plugins like dataview)

I also tried to get Obsidian and Logseq to share the same vault but it is not a neat and clean process so at the end I gave up

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This guy has good videos on logseq.

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If you like outliners, Logseq is a good choice. But less plugin choices. It has the integrated PDF highlighting features that no other app has been able to match and can handle .org files.

I found their sync to be inconsistent, and I lost notes. I suggest you wait for them to launch their sync feature before you take a plunge…

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This thread is extremely interesting to me—making obsidian work more like an outliner.

Tangentially related: there’s apparently a very popular game called Obsidian, which can make google auto complete confusing. Like, just now I started to search on making obsidian work more like logseq, but Google auto completed that to making obsidian work more like Minecraft. Which made me go, “huh?”

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I’ve been giving Logseq a good hard tire-kicking for a couple weeks and am liking it. I’m also enthralled with Obsidian and have no intention of giving it up. For me, they do two different jobs. Obsidian is for supporting long-form writing projects; for what some call a digital zettelkasten. It’s where forever notes go; to become a body of knowledge that builds over time and which I anticipate will be useful to me for decades to come.

That leaves a job for information that is far more transitory. Notes and reminders for supporting projects, for example, and who’s useful life will likely expire upon completion of the project. They can and are archived—placed in digital cold storage—and capable of being resurrected should the need arise. But until then they are blissfully out of site and out of mind. That’s one job I’m using Logseq for.

The other job is as a combined journal and scratch pad for the mind. I’ve built a daily note template for Logseq that automatically refreshes each morning and has a section for tasks and a section for a transcript of morning pages. And a general notes section for everything and anything that floats in over the transom during the course of the day that needs to be noted and then considered or dispatched later. In that sense I consider it analogous to the right-facing “Daily Record of Events” in the paper planners we lived and worked out of before we had smart phones, computers, or even PDAs.

It’s for all of the transitory stuff that I am using Logseq. I’ve used Craft in the past. Before settling down with Logseq I tinkered with Remnote and looked at Roam Research. Just yesterday I lost several hours in a dalliance with NotePlan—which I used for a while a year ago—after reading that Ryan J. A. Murphy was using it in addition to Obsidian. Probably the biggest advantage I saw in favor of NotePlan is that it allows one to create folders for organizing notes. There are no folders in Logseq. So the only way I know of to create some organizational structure is through linked Index notes or what Nick Milo calls “Maps Of Content”. I do the same think in Obsidian even though Obsidian has folders. It is doable. And all in all, Logseq is doing a competent job.

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Just a point of clarification: I don’t personally use them both concurrently anymore, though many folks do!

I love Logseq’s outliner approach and continuous daily journal, but it has less of a focus on organizing with folders. I regularly interact with my Obsidian vault with other apps, so keeping the folder/file system is important to me.

I experienced issues with sync and higher idle CPU usage vs. Obsidian, YMMV.

I used logseq for a while, and found this guy’s videos helpful.

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