NOTE: Under Construction - I'm in the middle of upgrading my site and lots of stuff is kinda broken. Please forgive the mess.

Digital Garden Thoughts

April 2021

Doing the mental upgrade to think of my site as a Digital Garden has been awesome.

Highly Recommended.

Some thoughts on turning my site into a digital garden

$ ll | grep -i post- | wc -l
  • I like throwing in headers to break up text to make things easier to read, but I don't have the time to do that right now so there's one that doesn't add anything else.

  • Digital Gardening is 70% philosophy, 30% implementation. The metal shift is key. Publishing not just polished posts but *ideas* in all stages.

  • My site is currently done in Gatsby with a collection of markdown files as the content source, but you could do it with any tool. Remember, it's just HTML, CSS, and JS on a domain.

  • The implementation thing to work on is reduction friction to getting things posted. I'm working on a process/method/script where I can just open a text doc in my girmoire (currently nvAlt), automatically generate a YAML header via TextExpander and have it automatically push to my site. nvAlt (and soon my own grimoire software) allows for virtually instant access back to the posts so I can update with minimal friction as well.

  • Look! I'm not even linking things (e.g. grimoire and nvAlt) in this draft. I'll probably come back and do that later, but it would take more time/effort than I want to spend right now.

  • Don't worry about getting the tech setup first. Just start pushing out ideas with whatever you're currently on.

  • I'm thinking of this as MVC - Minimum Viable Content - and setting the minimum as low as possible.

  • That sentence should probably be higher, but that would start getting me in formal editing mode which I'm looking to avoid at the moment.

  • Some people grow orchids. Some people grow weed. They're both gardening. No matter what you do, it'll be yours. Copy stuff from others, or don't, or do some, it's all good.

  • As an established digital gardener, I hereby formally give you permission to turn your site into a digital garden. Go get dirty.

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