Digital Garden is a method of storing and maintaining knowledge in an maintainable, scalable and searchable way. They are also known as second brains.
Unlike in common blogging where you write an article and forget about it, posts are treated as plants in various stages of growth and nurturing. Some might wither and die, and others will flourish and provide a source of continued knowledge for the gardener and folks in the community that visit.
The content is diverse, you can find ideas, articles, investigations, snippets, resources, thoughts, collections, and other bits and pieces that I find interesting and useful.
It's my personal Stock, the content that’s as interesting in two months (or two years) as it is today. It’s what people discover via search. It’s what spreads slowly but surely, building fans over time.
They are 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.
Existing digital gardens⚑
If you look for inspiration check my favourite digital gardens:
- Nikita's Everything I know: It's awesome both in content quality and length, as the way he presents it.
- Gwern's site: The way he presents content is unique and gorgeous. I've found myself not very hooked to the content, but when you find something you like it's awesome, such as the about page, his article on spaced repetition or the essay of Death Note: L, Anonymity & Eluding Entropy.
Or browse the following lists:
- Best-of Digital gardens
- Maggie Appleton's compilation
- Nikita's compilation
- Richard Litt's compilation
- KasperZutterman's compilation
Or the digital garden's reddit.