Over the last 20 years, Cory built a huge, personal database of thoughts, articles and links. He explains how his database simplifies and supports his writing process:
The memex I've created by thinking about and then describing every interesting thing I've encountered is hugely important for how I understand the world. It's the raw material of every novel, article, story and speech I write.
Inspired by Cory, I brought back the Notes section on my site. I will use Notes to document articles or ideas that grab my attention, but that I'm not ready to write a longer blog post about. I'll build my own memex with the goal to become a better writer.
— Dries Buytaert