Stephen Downes describes his routine for exploring and learning, and the role of his blog in that. Useful description to feed my own thoughts on my routines w.r.t. digital gardening.

Bookmarked Where Do Blog Post Ideas Come From? ~ Stephen Downes

Almost all of what I do is in response to something I see, read or hear. So I read and gather information widely. Second,… I go on deeper dives. Third, I link things together. Fourth, I create. Finally, sharing freely. Society – and your success – is based on giving, not taking.

For a moment I was tempted to install NextCloud on my laptop today, on a whim to see if I could use a local instance for note taking. Both as a step away from Evernote, as well as to strengthen my digital garden. Then I checked myself, and realised I need to think about my process and needs first, not think in terms of tools. Over the past weeks exploring posts and discussions about note taking and digital gardening, I noticed how much of it is focused on tools, and how little on envisioned or existing workflow, process or intended effect.

So I should take my own advice in the first of three follow-ups in a recent conversation on wikis, and look at my information strategy first. Starting from this 2005 image and posting about filtering:

input filter

If after such an exercise I conclude that running a local (non-cloud) instance of NextCloud makes sense, it will be early enough to install it.

Anne-Laure Le Cunff writes about note taking as tending a mind garden, as a deliberate practice.

“A mind garden is not a mind backyard. It’s not about dumping notes in there and forgetting about them.”

Ouch. That describes well the bookmarks in my Evernotes. It also, on the flip side chimes with how I treat my blog archives, which I regularly browse seeing new connections between postings. Evernote bookmarks in the backyard, my blogposts in the garden.

Earlier this month I added ‘last edited’ to pages in this site, as an expression of their wiki nature. Today I came across a phrase that expresses it even better, on the site of Maggie Appleton (where I ended up through a mention by Neil Mather)

“Last tended” is what she uses for her pages, and that fits much better with the concept of wiki as a digital garden to maintain, to tend to. So, I immediately copied that. Also rephrased the menu item from Kbase to Digital Garden, less pretending solidity, more suggestive of emergence and change.

Boris wrote that iA Writer has support for Micropub now. That sounds interesting, as it would allow me to write locally, and publish to several of my sites, both online and on my local system.

Somehow I can’t get the iA app to talk to my IndieAuth endpoint yet. Not sure what the issue is, but duckduckgo-ing the error message seems to indicate it has to do with some system settings on my laptop?

The resource could not be loaded because the App Transport Security policy requires the use of a secure connection

Using WordPress pages as wiki as I’ve been doing in the past months, has drawbacks of course: no versioning on the page (but it is available in the admin back-end), no easy outlining functionality (changing hierarchies, dragging snippets) for which html lists like <ul><li></li></ul> are only an extremely poor substitute. For the pages on this site, this is less problematic. The pages here are more static content I think. I am noticing it more on my personal WP instance, where I write daily.

At the same time I want to avoid going on a hunt for the ‘best’ tool / set-up, which is why I am trying to not get sucked into the ongoing wave of enthusiasm for Roam. This is why WP is useful at this stage: I am using it already, both online and locally.