The term “digital garden” seems to have been coined by Tom Critchlow, and describes a “place to collect the dots”[1]:

“Creative research is all about collecting the dots. It’s more common to think of “connecting the dots” but the truth is that you can’t connect the dots you can’t see. And we can only hold a tiny number of things in our brains at once. So a space for collecting (and organizing) the dots is a crucial foundation for thinking, creativity and more[…]“[2]

Aside from the knowledge collection/curation elements of a digital garden, the idea of creating something for an audience of one, rather than for mass consumption (or at least creating content that is outward-facing, even if it doesn’t gain mass exposure) is freeing; it allows for the exploration of topics that may not be of wide interest, but are more personally compelling.

Other Peoples’ Digital Gardens


  1. Tom Critchlow: Building a digital garden ↩︎

  2. Tom Critchlow: Of Digital Streams, Campfires and Gardens ↩︎

More Digital Gardens:

  1. On Cultivating My Digital Garden