Surfing the web I found a new amazing philosophy in our digital era! The blogger movement of Digital Gardeners. I read a lot about and a like it. So I continued to read and to learn. On this philosophy I decided to build this blog and hope It’ll be a good one.
What is a Digital Garden?
It is a blog, sure, but it is also a wiki. It’s a spot where I can post ideas, snippets, resources, thoughts, collections, and other bits and pieces that I find interesting and useful.(My blog is a digital garden, not a blog – Joel Hooks)
Why I choose a Digital Garden?
Chronologically sorted pages of posts aren’t how people actually use the internet.(My blog is a digital garden, not a blog – Joel Hooks)
Internet is a network! So we use it as it has to be. We search and follow pieces of information by links and connections. This is the reason we use search engines every single time we need something. Because We can’t find an index list like books.
Then, if it’s not about a personal journal or a narrative story, it is a smart way for authors and readers to navigate between blog contents. It’s not easy of course the first time, because everyone has his personal style.
Philosophy of Digital Garden
Just like plants in the garden I’ve got posts that are in various stages of growth and nurturing. Some might wither and die, and others (like this one you are reading) will flourish and provide a source of continued for the gardener and folks in community that visit.(My blog is a digital garden, not a blog – Joel Hooks)
J. Hook writes also that curation comes before a chronological list.
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.
(A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden – Maggie Appleton)
Who are digital gardeners?
- Amy Hoy
- Tom Critchlow
- Joel Hooks
- Maggie Appleton
She is a blogger and writes on the web from the 1993. In this article, she surveys the origin of Blogs and evolution until now.
Tom Critchlow’s it’s amazing. I really like the homepage. It’s simple, but it shows you how much deep is the website in a map.
A good one!
Joel Hook write a lot about, and He explains what methods and tools he uses.
(My blog is a digital garden, not a blog – Joel Hooks)
your friend Joel’s digital garden
Sector, the future of MDX, and Digital Gardens
I discovered everything from Maggie’s blog. Her style and design in building her piece of digital space is unique.
More digital gardens
I post here a short list of Digital gardeners I like. But the movement it’s really huge now and there are a lot of personal wikis and gardens.
Below, some tweets to find more about:
2 thoughts on “This is not a Blog, this is a Digital Garden!”
🤔 I truly love the concept of a “Digital Garden.”
Despite my blog posts being well-written, well-formated and highly informative, I cannot go out of my way to refer to my blog as a “Digital Garden.”
I have worn the hat of a blogger for many years and if I were to start viewing my blog as a “Digital Garden” I would have to start referring to myself as “A Digital Gardener.”
Thanks for this fantastic post!
Thank you, too, for your comment! It’s a pleasure to share something that someone will find informative and useful.
It took some months to metabolize this philosophy; also if I felt that it was my way. I learned new tools and methods to take notes, and organize them for me. After that, it started to be more familiar practising this philosophy. You can try apps like Obsidian or Logseq and similar. Different bloggers use GitHub to manage their site. But everyone has to find his preferred tools and methods. Markdown notes can have Hypertext connections and hashtags. It’s amazing to write a post, while looking around private notes, finding random pieces of information.
Anyway, I can tell you that I’m also inspired by your blog and your writings about blogging. 🙂
Here are some links about Knowledge-Base apps: