So what is this?
A digital garden is, to quote Maggie Appleton,
a collection of evolving ideas that aren’t strictly organised by their publication date. They’re inherently exploratory – notes are linked through contextual associations. They aren’t refined or complete - notes are published as half-finished thoughts that will grow and evolve over time. They’re less rigid, less performative, and less perfect than the personal websites we’re used to seeing.
The way I grow my garden combines the concepts of the Zettelkasten and Commonplace Books. Each note is atomic, meaning it contains only one idea and is usually short or fragmentory. Notes are then linked together, creating a web of thoughts and ideas.
If you’re interested in learning more about digital gardens or even want to start your own, here are some good places to start:
This repository contains links to various tools and tutorials as well as writings on the theory of digital gardens and other similar concepts. Looking through the examples of digital gardens has helped me build my own.
Before You Go
Because of the nature of digital gardens, they leave me in a vulnerable state: I am Learning in Public, and this means my ideas are subject to change and evolve.
As such, I encourage you to read the Digital Garden Terms of Service. I promise to follow it, and I ask that you do, too.