What's a digital garden?

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The phrase "digital garden" is a metaphor for thinking about writing and creating that focuses less on the resulting "showpiece" and more on the process, care, and craft it takes to get there.

β€” @jhooks


A digital garden is...

less about:

  • πŸ‘Ž Chronologically sorted posts
  • πŸ‘Ž Paginated posts
  • πŸ‘Ž Content marketing
  • πŸ‘Ž Perfection

and more about:

  • πŸ‘ Non-performative blogging
  • πŸ‘ Personal curation
  • πŸ‘ Shipping

What belongs in a digital garden?

  • βœ… Blog
  • βœ… Wiki
  • βœ… Notes
  • βœ… Ideas
  • βœ… Snippets
  • βœ… Resources
  • βœ… Thoughts
  • βœ… Collections
  • βœ… Anything you find interesting or useful!

Be creative! What else could/should be included? I'd love to hear your ideas!


A digital garden doesn’t have to be confined to a website. @jhooks says his digital garden extends well beyond his personal domain:

  • Twitter
  • Notion
  • Roam
  • Slack
  • Discord
  • Apple Notes

"My blog is a digital garden, not a blog" is an excellent resource to learn more about digital gardens from @jhooks πŸ‘€

https://joelhooks.com/digital-garden


Ultimately, a digital garden is personal and can be whatever you want it to be. A digital garden is a digital extension of you.

I hope this inspires you to start digital gardening 🌱


I'll leave you with this quote:

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.

β€” @J_CameronLive


These notes are a consolidation of tweets from a thread I recently shared on Twitter: