20200526_1410 - working with the garage door up
* Note created: [time=Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:10:37 +0700]
* ###### tags `sTREaming`
## how to make sure your digital garden is well tended?
been thinking about how working with the garage door up generates ==noise==
you're basically thinking out loud, learning in public
which is good if the purpose is for your personal learning
but don't expect people to read it and understand and start interacting
not unless you ~~shove it down their throat~~ polish it, make it clear why they'll find it useful and relevant and ~~force~~ ask them to read it
or you put it in a more digestible format (e.g. NOT nested bulleted Roam. i.e. more similar to andy's evergreen notes. well written, less "stream of consciousness")
what is scarce and what is abundant
writing clear essays (linearising thoughts and crafting optimal / engaging reading experience) don't come naturally
rambling / word vomitting / laundry list / monkey mind on the other hand, you can't help it
so is it fair to the readers?
publishing private notes. what are the intention? get feedback? exhibitionist? because it's just added noise to the viewers. where do you set the bar?
## what do we mean by digital gardens?
if we start from some definition
the popular argument / school of thought now is along the lines of "The purpose of a notebook is storage. The purpose of a blog is broadcasting. The purpose of a digital garden is thinking."
currently, IMO blog is for thinking as it's your own personal playground and homepage.
digital garden === blog
or at least it's a subset of a blog
for me, there is only private or public notes. that's all. I can publish my public notes on my blog, and heck I'm free to say . when people read something on your website, most won't even notice your huge disclaimer "this is me thinking and learning in public". they're all the same. is this whole notion of digital gardening just a mental crutch to destroy the inhibiting self censorship?
Anyway, let's use the original definition and apply the abundance x scarcity lens to it:
- Notes (private): abundant raw material, scarce insight
- Blog (essay): abundant perspective, scarce resource to produce
- "digital garden" is still too noisy. who got time fo dat. haha.
- misal https://wiki.cjpais.com/brain-dump/march-16th-28th-2020/notable-podcasts-+-notes#personal-knowledge-systems-recommender-systems
## makes sense if...
one articulation I can get on board with:
> I’ve created this space to practice learning by building in public, with four main intentions:
> 1. Develop bias towards action. I often get stuck in collecting ideas for the sake of it and/or perfecting them infinitely before making any practical use of them.
> 2. Practice vulnerability by sharing my process and ”unpolished” content online, and ideally–create feedback loops to improve my thinking by engaging with you.
> 3. Explore play in the digital space. Digital often feels laborious and/or overwhelming. I know that the key (for me) is to make it playful. Let’s see if I can find digital workflows and toolkits to give me a similar sense of play and freedom to the offscreen world.
> 4. Document my process of building sovereignty, sense-making, and living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life–for the benefit of all beings.
## who cares
all these thinking and learning in public.... who cares? haha
and that's the point. it's serving only you, it allows ==you== to learn faster, iterate faster. just the very act of publishing is a mind twist for your own sake. no one cares and that's best thing about it.
// see: there is no such thing as collective enlightenment
## tech gap ?
digital gardening would make sense if we bridged the tech gap and invented a form that allows people to navigate and digest the author's ideas and body of work (on different levels) more easily
e.g. through the graph thing on Roam. or to automatically generate concept maps, or the knowledge architecture that [@francis_miller](https://twitter.com/francis_miller) talks about
what can we do to accelerate the absorption of information, the learning process? to text-process the notes and group / link them with NLP / text processing / AI?
**but** to read faster or summarising the text is not the solution, because a text is already a compressed lossy encoded form of the initial thought.
to decode it further and transfer it into my head would entail **more** missing bits of information.
learning is this slowwww process of exposing yourself to the same information and situation and hoping you're throwing something on top of the right side of the velcro
it's that drop of rain on the rock, slowly chiseling it
## words are hooks
https://twitter.com/pliao39/status/1256629973508657152 "Right on - sometimes, making the note makes a memory. In my Kindle notes, I sometimes just have the word "Damn" next to a highlight. I know exactly what it refers to, but no one else could."