Recently-ish popular term for a kind of public personal PKM / wiki.
Also see the Garden metaphor for some history.
an online space at the intersection of a notebook and a blog, where digital gardeners share seeds of thoughts to be cultivated in public.
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
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.
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 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
“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.”
Through them, people are creating an internet that is less about connections and feedback, and more about quiet spaces they can call their own.
“Gardens … lie between farmland and wilderness,” he wrote. “The garden is farmland that delights the senses, designed for delight rather than commodity.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
- The importance of social media
- Anarchist Cybernetics
Memory/narrative. Given the importance of strategy and grand strategy in anarchist cybernetics, functionality in an alternative digital platform to support long-term planning, for example through facilitating a narrative- or memory-focused layer to communication and organising, would be essential. This would entail a shift away from the short-term stream-centred approach of mainstream social media, where users experience content as isolated posts with little relation to what has come before them or what will follow them.
- Imagine if your social media platform gave you, the individual, all the insights about you that the big tech platforms have about you but sell to others. Imagine if your platform built you a lovely digital garden to return to, out of whatever you posted to your stream.
- I was going to do something and then my cat sat on me and now I can't.
- Jan Boddez is working on a Microsub based feed aggregator/reader that's PHP/MySQL only. Keen to look in to that - would be easier to set up on YunoHost than Aperture (which has dependencies on Watchtower, Beanstalk, and Redis).
- Free, Fair and Alive is rocking my socks right now. It has a whole section on Federated wikis (specifically FedWiki) and how they can form a Commons. Add this to the complexity science and commons-public partnerships bits I've already read, it's really hitting all my sweet spots so far…
- Read: A Platform Designed for Collaboration: Federated Wiki. A section in the book Free, Fair and Alive on Federated wikis and their power in producing commons. Discusses FedWiki in particular but can apply to Federated wikis in general (e.g. Agora, IndieWeb).
- Funny that the digital garden metaphor makes an appearance in Free, Fair and Alive:
- Been looking at orger. Looks pretty great - a way to PESOS a ton of personal data into org-mode.
- I think I'll try and pull in all my old tweets to my digital garden with it.
- I was thinking I'd like to get my toots on social.coop pulled in to my garden too. But ideally, POSSEing would be better than PESOS there. So again maybe it comes down to sorting out my stream and webmentions etc in the garden.
- That said - maybe there's an argument for PESOS over POSSE when it comes to a digital garden? Use the interface of the apps that were specifically designed for the platform rather than try to reverse engineer and rebuild. Just make sure you've got the data.
- Trying to upgrade Invidious on YunoHost. It is giving the error. I am trying to fix it. YunoHost Invidious upgrade gives "Not enough free space"
- Set my self-hosted Searx instance as my default search engine in Firefox.
- Ray Tomlinson
- Read: Breaking Tech Open: Why Social Platforms Should Work More Like Email
- hyper commonplace garden wiki
- a digital commonplace book
- a digital garden
- a personal wiki
- a hypertext
- an exobrain
- a personal homepage
"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.
This is a good article on digital gardens in the MIT Technology Review.
How could you connect digital gardens together? And why would you?