Don’t Get Lost in Someone Else’s Walled Garden – Cultivate Your Own
First of all, what is Maggie’s idea of such a garden? And how is it different from a “normal” blog or the content of my social media account?
So a digital garden does not strive for perfection but is rather constantly in flux. Content can already be planted in it in very raw form. These little seeds of thought can thus develop into articles and more in-depth texts through constant nurturing and new influences.
This is one of the ways that hypertext media continue to fascinate me: It’s not static, it can be clunky at first, but can be changed, expanded, and linked over time. I always had a hard time describing this until I recently became aware of a traditional Japanese worldview: Wabi-Sabi.
Accepting flaws and imperfections, simplicity and impermanence - cultivating my thoughts in my own home gave me back those abilities. So to me my digital garden is wabi-sabi.
Learning in Public
It reminded me of the feeling I had when I was browsing the blogosphere in its early days. This was not a place where people constantly claimed to know all the right answers. It was a place where people exchanged opinions and ideas and shared their insights with others. An atmosphere like one might have experienced in the first London coffee houses.
Personality and character - two aspects of such a garden that I had deliberately blanked out because I was not satisfied with a lot of the publishing stacks I’ve used.
In the recent years I rediscovered my joy of playing with web technology an making a digital space my home. Of course, this isn’t the solution for everyone, and I certainly don’t want to blame wonderful things like WordPress for making the look of the web uniform and boring. Maggie therefore also mentions an article that describes ways how to set up a No-Code digital space for thoughts.
Conclusion: It’s Pretty Easy to Get Lost in Someone Else’s (Walled) Garden
Instead of cultivating our own little garden, we often end up in someone else’s garden, because they usually attract us by being populated by lots of friends. They also relieve us of almost all the friction and hassle of growing our own stuff. However, these walled places are often interested in harvesting behavioral data or making people click on ads. Not the best growing conditions to allow us to think slowly and gain some wisdom by cultivating our thoughts.
Difference between walled and interoperable systems
So I guess there is one thing left for me to do…