Learning About Org Mode (Part 1 of n)

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As part of revising what this blog is about and keeping it fun for me, I’ve been reading a few things I’ve found on the Internet on blogging and keeping writing a blog “fresh”. I’ve started reading a really good eBook called “A No-Excuse Guide to Blogging” written by Sasha Chua, a blogger who is interested in coding and Emacs (a couple topics close to my heart as it turns out). I highly suggest you go check out the book and, if you like it, maybe give her a few dollars for writing and publishing it. She suggests writing about what you don’t know; come up with a question and try to answer it in a blog post. I’m going to attempt this idea in this post.

If you’ve been following along, you probably know that I’ve started blogging via Emacs and a nice add-on module called “org2blog”. I got it working and it has now lead me down the path of learning how to more effectively use Org mode. Org is a mode you can call up on Emacs that (as I’ve learned so far) is a very effective note-taking and organizing (hence the name, “Org”) tool. There are literally pages and pages of tutorials and references that you can read, including The Org Manual (the official HOW-TO document written by the maintainers of Org). One such useful “cheat sheet” is actually maintained on GitHub. This is Fabrice Niessen’s “Org mode syntax quick reference card” which provides a number of useful pointers right in the README file (written, of course, with Org mode). If you’re looking for a well-written article then you should look at Sasha Chua’s article on using Org to outline your notes.

I’m really just scratching the surface here. As I learn more, I’ll write another post. I’ll try to stick to things that were hard for me to figure out. I expect others out there might be running into the same issue if I’m pulling my hair out over it. 🙂

Supporting links

This may become a thing where I list the links I made in the body of my post in an easy-to-find section at the end. Feel free to let me know if this is a good idea.


  1. Glad my notes have been useful! =) Emacs and Org Mode are awesome, and I look forward to reading more about what you’re learning and doing with them.

    1. Thank you for providing me the impetus to get started with blogging again.

  2. […] I mentioned in my previous post, Learning About Org Mode (Part 1 of n), I was reading (and now have finished) a great eBook by Sasha Chua called “A No-Excuse Guide […]

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