What the heck is a digital garden?

Digital gardens are a relatively new concept that are gaining popularity online. They are often described as a cross between a blog and a personal wiki. At its core, a digital garden is a place for someone to share their thoughts, ideas, and learning experiences in a more casual and conversational way than a traditional blog. Think of it like a chatty note-taking meets journal exercise, where someone can share their journey with others.

The goal of a digital garden is to create a space for personal growth and exploration, while also sharing insights and knowledge with others. They are called “gardens” because they are meant to be living, growing documents that evolve over time.

Some features most digital gardens share are:

  • Casual and conversational tone
  • Focused on personal growth and exploration
  • Living document that evolves over time
  • Often centered around a specific topic or theme
  • Can include a mix of different interests and passions
  • Encourages interaction and collaboration with others

Some digital gardens may also include:

  • Links to other resources and websites
  • Images, graphics, and videos
  • Personal anecdotes and stories
  • Quotes and references to books or other media

Digital gardens are a great way to connect with others who share similar interests and passions. They provide a space for individuals to document their own personal growth and learning, while also sharing their insights and knowledge with others.

If you want to learn more about digital garden, I very much recommend Maggie Appleton’s A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden. I came across that post a while ago, and haven’t looked back.


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