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Why Save This?

Liked Content, bloat, privacy, archives – petermolnar.net (petermolnar.net)

I spent a lot of time trying centralising my online activities, including adding bookmarks and imports from social networks. Lately my site looked bloated and unmaintainable. I started questioning what data is my data, what data should or could I own – it was time to rethink some ideas.

Over the past year of using this mind garden, I’ve amassed 88 pages of posts and bookmarks — so I appreciate this reminder to consider *why* I’m saving something, and what I think I’ll want it for. I have to be careful about my tendency to save articles just because I read it and went “yeah!” and to make sure I think about it a little deeper.

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A Digital Garden Index

Thinking about the difference between physical commonplace books and digital ones, the ability to have an easily maintained index that references posts directly came up. Right now I have the categories of posts displayed in the WordPress footer, but I’m not totally thrilled with that presentation, and would like to display tags somewhere as well which have much more variety and specificity — but there are many more of them. I think that would help towards making this site more useful as a digital garden (whereas right now it feels pretty blog-like), in seeing which things I tend to save or think about most.

Chris Aldrich shared an index of the tags he uses on his website, using the WordPress plugin Multi-column Tag Map.

Came across Gordon Brander’s topics page which appears to manually sort tags? Looks nice.

For categories I’ve been thinking about a display of colored blocks on the homepage, with each category getting its own color that carries through the site — although many posts have more than one category so I’d have to be good about choosing the primary category to make that happen. I’ve been casually looking into WordPress themes designed for news websites since they’re often broken into categories, but haven’t found anything I liked so far.