Digital gardening principles
This is my attempt to distill and repeat what I consider to be the most important principles of digital gardening. These are taken mostly from the following sources:
- Maggie Appleton - A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden
- Joel Hooks - My blog is a digital garden, not a blog
- Andy Matuschak - Evergreen notes
- Shawn Wang - Digital Garden Terms of Service
From these and other sources, I've figured out that a digital garden should have the following properties, and embody the following principles. I will expand each of these into its own garden node for further investigation.
- Digital gardens allow for learning in public
- Digital gardens don't need attention to thrive
- Digital garden posts are unfinished, or evergreen
- Digital gardeners are upfront about a post's status
- Digital gardens eschew reverse chronological sorting
- Digital gardens allow and respond to feedback
- Digital gardens aren't afraid of something new
Note that all of these are phrases, statements even. I'm trying to follow the principle of Evergreen Notes that Evergreen notes should be concept-oriented.