Weekly Journal 4 - zettelkasten, Miniflux, AWS Audit Manager


I completely fell off the blogging wagon last year, but I want to see if I can get back into it more in 2021. I am not sure if I will make this a true weekly journal, but I would like to write 1-2 updates each month.


Over the last few months, I have been experimenting with building a zettelkasten as a personal knowledge base. While I can see some of the benefits of using the system, I have come to the conclusion that it is overkill for my needs. The zettelkasten method is designed to organize information and generate ideas for writing papers and books. What I am looking to build is a personal knowledge base to organize my notes and other documents that I create as a result of my work and hobbies. I am glad that I tried the zettelkasten and it will definitely influence how I take notes in the future.


I enrolled in the two-week free trial of Miniflux as a potential replacement for Newsblur as a feed reader. I really like the minimalist interface so far, it works very well in a mobile web browser. My only complaint is that it is intolerant of feed parsing errors, and that is preventing me from reading a couple of my feeds. I plan on running both readers side-by-side for at least a full week before making a decision on whether or not to keep Miniflux.

AWS Audit Manager

AWS released a new tool, Audit Manager, that is supposed to make documenting cloud systems for compliance audits easier. After reading through some of the documentation, I think there is some real value in running this tool to gather compliance evidence, but it is going to be a big project to get it fully configured. Audit Manager relies on other AWS services like Config, CloudTrail, and Security Hub to do its jobs properly. In order to get the full benefit these other services need to be configured and running in your AWS accounts so Audit Manager can use them as data sources for evidence gathering.

What’s Next?

Like I wrote above, I want to get into a habit of writing these weekly journal blog posts, and supplement it longer posts on individual topics.