personal knowledge management

for writers

Tech Writers Tribe


Xavier Roy

I work at Genesys as a Staff Technical Writer.

My role involves writing, editing, and content engineering.

And questions-answerer and problem-solver among other unwritten roles in the job description 😉

⚠️ some caveats ⚠️

  • Very highly opinionated information.
  • Steal ideas and adapt to your context.
  • What works for me may or may not work for you.

Some questions for you

❔ what does knowledge mean to you?

❔ Have you experienced moments when you felt that you had something skirt along the edges of your mind but you could not recall what it was?

❔ Have you had moments of serendipity?

a day in a writer’s life

As writers, we deal with information in every part of our day.

How many sources of information are you exposed to throughout a normal work day?

And how many times did you find yourself searching for a key piece of information?

what is PKM?

📖 Definitions

Knowledge Management (KM)
Knowledge Management is the process of capturing, distributing, and effectively using knowledge.

Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)
Personal Knowledge Management is a process of collecting information that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve and share knowledge in their daily activities and the way in which these processes support work activities.

How many sources of knowledge are you exposed to throughout a normal work day?

Tools for Thought

A structured system in place to organize your thoughts, notes, and files

👉 analog tools

👉 digital tools

👉 knowledge frameworks 🆕

Analog Tools

Digital Tools








Other Text Tools

Knowledge Frameworks

  • Alternative Terms
    • Digital Gardens
    • Second Brains
    • Zettelkastens
  • Frameworks
    • PARA method
    • LYT Kit method
    • Johnny Decimal method

🆕 Useful when you want to organise things


what is Obsidian?

Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base that works on top of
a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

Think of it as a personal knowledge base or your second brain.

Obsidian 🆓


  • Personal Knowledge base
  • Digital Notebook
  • Task/Project management
  • Journaling

and many many more 🆒 use-cases…


Interesting Books

How to Take Smart Notes
by Sonke Ahrens

Building a Second Brain
by Tiago Forte

Every Page is Page One
by Mark Baker

Interesting Ideas

Xavier Roy

🧰 Tools