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Digital Garden

Last updated Oct 16, 2022 Edit Source

# 🪴 Planting Your Digital Garden

A digital garden is an online space at the intersection of a notebook and a blog, where digital gardeners share seeds of thoughts to be cultivated in public. Contrary to a blog, where articles and essays have a publication date and start decaying as soon as they are published, a digital garden is evergreen: digital gardeners keep on editing and refining their notes.


# Principles

# 1. Topography over Timelines

Gardens are organized around contextual relationships and associative links; the concepts and themes within each note determine how it’s connected to others.

Posts are connected to other by posts through related themes, topics, and shared context

# 2. Continuous Growth

Gardens are never finished, they’re constantly growing, evolving, and changing. Just like a real soil, carrot, and cabbage garden.

The process of researching and refining happens on the open internet. You post ideas while they’re still “seedlings,” and tend them regularly until they’re fully grown, respectable opinions.

- You're freed from the pressure to get everything right immediately.
- It's _low friction_.
- It gives readers an insight into your writing and thinking process.

Gardens make their imperfection known to readers.

# 3. Imperfection & Learning in Public

Gardens are imperfect by design. They don’t hide their rough edges or claim to be a permanent source of truth.

Gardening sits in the middle. It’s the perfect balance of chaos and cultivation.

Just sharing what you learn as you’re learning it, not a decade later once you’re an “expert” - Learning in Public

Publishing imperfect and early ideas requires that we make the status of our notes clear to readers. You should include some indicator of how “done” they are, and how much effort you’ve invested in them.

  • 🌱 Seedlings for very rough and early ideas
  • 🌿 Budding for work I’ve cleaned up and clarified
  • 🌳 Evergreen for work that is reasonably complete (though I still tend these over time).

# 4. Playful, Personal, and Experimental

Gardens are non-homogenous by nature. The point of a garden is that it’s a personal playspace. You organize the garden around the ideas and mediums that match your way of thinking, rather than off someone else’s standardised template.

One goal of these hyper-personalised gardens is deep contextualisation.

# 5. Intercropping & Content Diversity

Gardens are not just a collection of interlinked words. Historically, monocropping has been the quickest route to starvation, pests, and famine. Don’t be a lumper potato farmer while everyone else is sustainably intercropping.

# 6. Independent Ownership

Gardening is about claiming a small patch of the web for yourself, one you fully own and control.

If you give it a bit of forethought, you can build your garden in a way that makes it easy to transfer and adapt. Keeping your garden on the open web also sets you up to take part in the future of gardening. At the moment our gardens are rather solo affairs.


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