Digital Garden

In re-designing this site I have re-configured the whole ethos of the site from a simple blog to a storehouse of ideas, thoughts and actions.

The concept of a digital garden is gaining ground in the wake of general dissatisfaction with where blogs have gone. They have been appropriated commercially and have lost their appeal for people.

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.

Maggie Appleton

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.