A digital garden is a collection of notes or ideas that is constantly evolving.
Instead of publishing finalized ideas in a timeline, as with a blog or news feed, a digital garden is a place where ideas can be developed over time, and inter-linked to form a network of contextually-related ideas.
Tools and examples
- How to set up your own digital garden
- Digital Gardening for Non-Technical Folks
- Maggie Appleton’s Tools for Digital Gardening
What I use
Obsidian offers their own service for publishing your notes directly to the web, but I chose to build my own digital garden website with Jekyll in order to maintain flexibility over how my notes are presented and integrated into the rest of my website.
This site’s layout is based on a non-digital garden theme, al-folio but was adapted to include digital garden functionality from Maxime Vaillancourt’s Jekyll digital garden theme (see Setting up your own digital garden with Jekyll) – including wikilinks-style markdown links, automatic backlink detection, and mouseover preview cards for linked content.
There are several other excellent Jekyll digital garden themes, and it should be possible to build a similar site using a different static site generator such as Hugo or Gatsby (see Maggie Appleton’s list of tools for several examples).