{{define "lang"}}en{{end}} {{define "author"}}Brian Mayer{{end}} {{define "title"}}Garden article template{{end}} {{define "desc"}}Copy and paste this to create a new article.{{end}} {{define "created"}}2023-03-09{{end}} {{define "maturity"}}seed{{end}} {{define "content"}}

This guide is a template for creating articles that will stay at our garden, but first, let's explain what is this garden thing.

Turns our there is no official definition, searching the web will give you a good notion, for me a digital garden is a publication medium that comes with its own filosophy and ethos, it goes in the oposite (ish) direction of the posts paradigm. The most proeminent characteristics are:

That means that garden articles do not wash away with time like blog posts, they are meant to be updated and improved. This goes against the disposable content, with its gigantic flow of posts, gardens foster better quality and stability. Gardens are colaborative, it must be easy to listen to readers' feedback, and grow with that. Also it should be good to link to other posts, so we create a complex knowledge network.

Some nomenclature

There is no official nomenclature, but from my experience, the common mindset of gardening can help.

Posts are often called crops, because they grow. Weeds are things that need to be improved or removed in order to develop the crop. And garden is the place that we cultivate our crops together.

So crops have stages of development, normally they are named as:

  1. Seedling: To denote an early stage post, or crop.
  2. Budding: An article that has a path and defined a subject.
  3. Bush: A crop that has developed its content, but still has space for growing.
  4. Evergreen: A mature article, that has fully developed.

But remember that even evergreens can still grow.

How to use this template

Simply change its contents, but keep all "define" fields as they are needed. Here are some details about them:

Possible values for "maturity" are: seed, bud, bush and evergreen; they correspond to those values above. Lang is the content language, use lowercase and two letters. And "created" must be an ISO date.


References

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