This article is based on historical research and on simply reading the Vim user manual cover to cover. Hopefully these notes will help you (re?)discover core functionality of the editor, so you can abandon pre-packaged vimrc files and use plugins more thoughtfully.
Source: History and effective use of Vim an article by Joe "begriffs" Nelson.
In the evening I read most of this article. While I mostly use Emacs I
now and then use
vim for small edits or to look at a
file. I want to improve my vi/vim skills, and this article showed to
me several interesting features.