II.2. Indent with intent

Key points

✅ Indenting is the most important and most fundamental behavior you can cultivate for yourself in Roam.

✅ Indenting keeps related ideas together, facilitates queries and other "power features," and turns multiple blocks from stream of consciousness into chunks of related meaning.


✅ Think of top-level blocks like the topic sentence of a paragraph, and the indented blocks underneath as the supporting sentences.

✅ Think of individual blocks like phrases. Anywhere a thought "breathes," create a new block. Indent it if it is deeply related to the previous thought.

✅ Think of indenting like poetry. Lines are like blocks, and stanzas are like a top-level block with a few blocks indented underneath. New stanzas should get a new top-level block.


✅ Page references rely on good indenting to work effectively.

✅ A parent-child relationship is when one block is indented beneath another block.

✅ A sibling relationship is when two adjacent blocks are at the same level of indentation.

✅ References don't recognize sibling relationships (at least not without further clicking).


✅ Don't undervalue proper indenting. Don't just go one block to the next. Consider what relates to what, and how they relate, and indent accordingly.

🔉 Sorry this video is a little louder than the others! I discovered an audio issue part way through the course and re-recorded many videos. This one was just the way I wanted it, though, so I left it as is!