Recent Thoughts


I have been using Obsidian and Logseq, understanding and using them for almost four years now. At the beginning, I was equally optimistic about the ecosystem and future of Obsidian and Logseq. In the blink of an eye, several years have passed, and I unintentionally came across Obsidian's annual theme obsidian-border. After installing and setting it up, I suddenly realized that I seem to have opened Logseq only a few times in the past year, while Obsidian has recorded a lot of content.

Four years ago, I thought Logseq could catch up with Obsidian. In fact, at that time, there were various dual-chain note-taking software flooding the market. Under the dual-chain trend, Logseq at that time impressed me a lot, and I was full of hope for Logseq.

But at this point today, one software has been around for four years, Obsidian even longer. When I open both software simultaneously and compare them, the gap between the two is quite significant. It's not just the maturity of the software, ecosystem, and community collaboration that differ greatly. Logseq's synchronization has been in beta testing for so many years, and it's hard to find a good-looking theme that is fully compatible with the software's display effects. There are display misalignments, flickering of the left and right sidebars, and white flashes. There are quite a few plugins, but compared to Obsidian, they seem insufficient, and there is a quality gap.

A software that has been developed for so long, still in the beta testing phase, not officially charging users, must be a significant financial burden in the long run. Persisting to this extent without releasing a stable version, I actually admire the development team, but thinking back, a note-taking software that has been developed for four years and still cannot release a stable version indicates some issues. It could be a problem with the development roadmap, the development team, or the software architecture. There must have been some problems in one of these areas.

If I have to choose now, without a doubt, I would choose the more mature Obsidian. My usage rate over the past year has clearly made that choice. As an ordinary user, I cannot wait for a software for four or five years. I cannot wait, and I believe most Logseq users would find it difficult to wait as well because there are other software options available in the market. Moreover, there are stronger competitors like Obsidian. I really don't know how the developers of Logseq should respond. The sunk costs are too high, and it would be difficult for me to make a decision in their place. It feels a bit regretful, and I hope everything turns out well.

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