This article outlines the ideas behind a digital garden that can grow and flourish. The idea is an exciting one that has a long way to go.
A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden
by Maggie Appleton
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.
I realised that on here no-one is interested in a time based series of articles. What they are interested in is the ideas expressed in the material here. So I have re-worked how the writing is expressed so that it is accessible in different ways. I have used the metaphors of notes, library, magazine, index and search. I hope that they are self-explanatory. Dig around and have fun.
If you want to read more about digital gardens look at the resources page.