Digital gardens

Embracing the history personal sites as ever growing and changing collections rather than static documents.

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Digital gardens are conscious rejections of the web as a stream. They embrace a web which is non-ephemeral and builds value over time and with continued investment.

Looking at a website this way also helps to “get rid of” the publish button, in that publishing frequently and without discretion is entirely the point.

Maggie Appleton outline the six patterns of gardening:

  • Topography over timelines
  • Continuous growth
  • Learning in public and imperfection
  • Playful, personal, and experimental
  • Intercropping and content diversity
  • Independent ownership

Notable examples

Required reading