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Digital Garden

The concept of a Digital Garden is explained well by both Joel Hooks and Christian Tietze.

It is mainly a return to the idea of writing notes/posts that are evergreen, non-chronological (i.e. not a blog) and contain lots of interlinking and curation.

This is easily illustrated by looking at the idea of a Wiki (e.g. Wikipedia) where you have a single note/page per concept and you favour linking off to related concepts.

What makes this approach a garden (over, say, a stream or timeline) is that it’s ok to go back and update, expand on and grow the pages over time.

I have personally felt a lot of pressure with writing a complete blog post to make it well-structured, coherent and complete before publishing.

This leads to perfectionism and analysis-paralysis (particular for my personality type) that prevents me writing at all.

I have always preferred this approach to my own blog, preferring punchy links such as /what-is-devops/ for my post on what I think DevOps is.

I’ve been doing this since reading Kristian Glass’s 2015 article on preferring permlinks to having dates in URLs and have configured static site generators like Pelican for some time to prefer this.

However, even in my own blog post above, I still have a date in the article and the default behaviour of many static site generators is for the homepage to be a stream of content rather than an old school home page.

With the Digital Gardening approach, I plan to write more in the open and build daily habits to write more.