Digital gardens are a philosophy of sharing content. It’s similar to blogging, but instead of sharing isolated posts each time, you post unfinished ideas that you come back to, build on, connect, and eventually grow into more polished states. It emphasizes doing over getting done.

Imperfection and learning in public are key tenets of the digital garden.As defined by Maggie Appleton in her ethos doc. visit  This buys us a couple of things: first, it’s not only possible but encouraged to post and develop in-progress pieces. For someone like me – who has eight open projects at any given moment and bounces between them on a whim – that means it’s easy to share all of them in a structured way without the pressure of completing them beforehand.

Second, you get to see all your notes and polished pieces in one place, which helps you notice patterns and generate even more ideas. Instagram, Medium, and Twitter are great for specific types of content, but you’re forced to scatter your ideas across platforms. Digital gardens are more representative of your corpus and who you are.

Always in progress

Because most pages in a digital garden are in a perpetual state of being in progress, they are typically accompanied by a label describing how in-progress it is. I use a horticultural system, and distinguish between Plants and Roots to make it crystal clear what the intention behind the post is.

Plants aka active projects

Plants are the things I place in my garden and grow over time. They are purposeful in that they are growing toward some end state or align with a vision. Plants have the following growth stages:

  • Freshly planted ideas that need more exploring.
  • Has a good foundation. More growth is expected.
  • Fairly established. Minor edits might still happen.

Roots aka ideas & process

Roots are structures of learning, reflections, and notes. They’re more whimsical; a tool for thought. They might inspire a to be planted one day, but they’re otherwise unopinionated.

  • This is just a note. No strings attached.

Further reading

If you’re interested in learning more about digital gardens, check out the following links:

To learn more about how I built this garden, head to meta.