Hey, so I haven’t been posting here all that often. Sorry about that… But guess what! I found a solution: I created a “digital garden”. What the heck is that you say? I wrote (er, started to write) a thing about that!
Basically it’s a different “frame” for content and creative output in general. It changes the dynamic for both author and reader away from interaction around presumably polished, “finishes” piece of content, and toward works-in-progress, change and improvement over time (one might call that “growth” 🤔). The metaphor recalls the idea of cultivation, of “growing” one’s ideas, writing, and other creative output.
As a result it has a much lower barrier to “publishing”. A piece of content does not have to be “finished” to be made “public”. This has advantages for creators and consumers (or perhaps more like “interactors”) alike. Again I’ve written more about that in the “garden” itself.
You probably don’t know it, but I have numerous half-finished blog posts in the back-end of my blog. Maybe there are some interesting ideas in there, but you’d never know until and unless I have the time and energy to finish writing, polish them up, and publish. 😱 Yes, for some of us, publishing feels like kind of a big deal, even on our one’s own website. So… the digital gardens concept is a way around my own sense of perfectionism, and so far it has been really freeing.
I now expect a majority of my new creative work to show up there first, and I hope you’ll head on over and check it out. And comment! I’m not sure what I’ll do with my blog and main site in general, and I still intend to produce “final” or “polished” pieces from time to time. But for now the gardens should be your first stop if you’re interested in what I’m thinking and writing about.