It appears these will both do about the same thing.
What I like:
- By enabling chronological post order this emulates a paper journal, diary, book, log book (think ship’s log). This is the reverse of and distinct from a blog.
- You can do just a category not the whole CMS installation. So a blog or a digital zettelkasten and a journal can exist on the same ClassicPress or WP instance.
- One is not limited to a journal. One could web publish a book.
- The thought of doing something fictional comes to mind. A. a Lovecraftian type journal wherein the narrator starts investigating strange eldrich events and ends up a gibbering madman, or B. some sort of serial hard boiled noir story.
I’m thinking about how this would fit in here on the cyberzettel. A Zettelkasten is non-linear by design but there is also a use for linear note keeping (ie. reacting to news events of the day, organizing ones short term plans for the next day or something like that.)
It could turn just a zettelkasten into more of a digital garden model. It certainly adds options.
There is also something to be said for an end of the day personal log which can act as a daily debriefing session.