Digital garden

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Recently-ish popular term for a kind of public personal PKM / wiki.

Also see the Garden metaphor for some history.

1 What

an online space at the intersection of a notebook and a blog, where digital gardeners share seeds of thoughts to be cultivated in public.

How to set up your own digital garden - Ness Labs

1.1 You mean blogging, right?

Sounds a bit like blogging, no?

I prefer to think of digital gardening as a new variation of blogging. Blogging that is:

  • Constantly evolving
  • Less performative
  • Community-focused

🪴 Planting Your Digital Garden

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.

How to set up your own digital garden - Ness Labs

1.2 You mean personal websites, right?

I tend to think of it more as that intersection of notebook/blog/wiki, but it is sometimes also framed as 'old school personal website'.

A growing movement of people are tooling with back-end code to create sites that are more collage-like and artsy, in the vein of Myspace and Tumblr—less predictable and formatted than Facebook and Twitter.

Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet

Digital gardens explore a wide variety of topics and are frequently adjusted and changed to show growth and learning, particularly among people with niche interests. – Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet

2 Why

“With blogging, you’re talking to a large audience,” he says. “With digital gardening, you’re talking to yourself. You focus on what you want to cultivate over time.”

Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet

Through them, people are creating an internet that is less about connections and feedback, and more about quiet spaces they can call their own.

Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet

“Gardens … lie between farmland and wilderness,” he wrote. “The garden is farmland that delights the senses, designed for delight rather than commodity.”

Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet

3 Why not

Should you really publish your half-baked notes-to-self to the Internet?

To me that is unthinkable: my notes are an extension of my thinking and a personal tool. They are part of my inner space. Publishing is a very different thing, meant for a different audience (you, not me), more product than internal process. At most I can imagine having separate public versions of internal notes, but really anything I publish in a public digital garden is an output of my internal digital garden.

100 Days in Obsidian Pt 6: Final Observations – Interdependent Thoughts

To be honest, I don’t see much appeal in publishing your entire unfiltered notes to the web. Synthesize interesting portions of them occasionally into coherent blog posts that other people can consume without digging through a forest of links, backlinks, and footnotes.

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4 You're probably already doing it

Believe it or not, you've probably already started planting the seeds of your digital garden. You don't necessarily need an organized wiki on your self-hosted personal site. Posting on social media is still the most common form of digital gardening.

🪴 Planting Your Digital Garden

Agree with that wholeheartedly. Although the indiewebber in me says that if you're doing it on a big social media platform, it won't work out in the long run.

5 Twin Pages

6 Elsewhere in the garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

IndieWeb. Digital gardens. Beaker Browser. peer-to-peer networks.

I publish my Digital garden using org-publish.

Welcome! You have stumbled upon my hyper commonplace garden wiki AKA digital garden.

"I find writing too hard to want to spend it on things that disappear" - I love that as a little epigram for why you might want a digital garden.

^ IndieWeb, digital garden adjacent

Another greenspace metaphor for better online spaces - the online park. See also: digital gardens.

This is a good article on digital gardens in the MIT Technology Review.

Essentially about personal knowledge management. Heard about it from Anne-Laure (did she also come up with the term?). Commonly manifested in a digital garden.

I keep my hyper commonplace garden wiki (AKA digital garden) at https://commonplace.doubleloop.net.

How could you connect digital gardens together? And why would you?

Salman Ansari has a nice video here discussing a couple of things he's been pondering about his digital garden.

Another greenspace metaphor for better online spaces - the online park. See also: digital gardens.

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