[Building a digital garden](https://tomcritchlow.com/2019/02/17/building-digital-garden/): > Creative research is all about collecting the dots. It’s more common to think of “connecting the dots” but the truth is that you can’t connect the dots you can’t see. And we can only hold a tiny number of things in our brains at once. So a space for collecting (and organizing) the dots is a crucial foundation for thinking, creativity and more: [[Evergreen notes turn ideas into objects that you can manipulate]]: > Evergreen notes turn ideas into objects. By turning ideas into objects you can manipulate them, combine them, stack them. You don’t need to hold them all in your head at the same time. > Evergreen notes allow you to think about complex ideas by building them up from smaller composable ideas. [[Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet]]: > Through them, people are creating an internet that is less about connections and feedback, and more about quiet spaces they can call their own. > In fact, the whole point of digital gardens is that they can grow and change, and that various pages on the same topic can coexist. “It’s less about iterative learning and more about public learning,” says Maggie Appleton, a designer. Appleton’s digital garden, for example, includes thoughts on plant-based meat, book reviews, and digressions on Javascript and magical capitalism. It is “an open collection of notes, resources, sketches, and explorations I’m currently cultivating,” its introduction declares. “Some notes are Seedlings, some are budding, and some are fully grown Evergreen[s].” [Welcome in my mind 🧠 - My second-brain](https://anthonyamar.fr/Welcome+in+my+mind+%F0%9F%A7%A0): > I consider myself as an internet offspring. I had the chance to access to computers very early in my life and I think it had a big influence on who I am right now. Like a lot of us, internet citizens, what I value the most is learning. Whatever the subject, whatever it takes, whatever it cost, money or time, what I like most is learning. That's, I think, the biggest reason of why I'm starting this "Limitless Exploration" project. [[A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden]]: > Rather than presenting a set of polished articles, displayed in reverse chronological order, these sites act more like free form, work-in-progress wikis. > > A garden is 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. > > Gardens are never finished, they're constantly growing, evolving, and changing. Just like a real soil, carrot, and cabbage garden. > > The isn't how we usually think about writing on the web. Over the last decade, we've moved away from casual live journal entries and formalised our writing into articles and essays. These are carefully crafted, edited, revised, and published with a timestamp. When it's done, it's done. We act like tiny magazines, sending our writing off to the printer. > > This is odd considering editability is one of the main selling points of the web. Gardens lean into this – there is no "final version” on a garden. What you publish is always open to revision and expansion. > You're freed from the pressure to get everything right immediately. You can test ideas, get feedback, and revise your opinions like a good internet citizen. > > It gives readers an insight into your writing and thinking process. They come to realise you are not a magical idea machine banging out perfectly formed thoughts, but instead an equally mediocre human doing The Work of trying to understand the world and make sense of it alongside you. ## See also - [[Rewilding the Internet]] - [[Provocations for posting online]] - [[The internet should be a medium for intimacy]] - [[Writing, Riffs & Relationships]] - [[Personal websites and blogs are more human than profiles]] - [[Notes on internet production and brand culture]] - [Andy Matuschak’s Working Notes](https://notes.andymatuschak.org/About_these_notes) #platforms #internet #digital-gardens #ideals #blogging