Planning to Plant a Plot

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and my wife and I had just started dating, she talked me into setting up a window flower box. We were in college, and she was going to be gone for the summer, so I think she wanted something to keep me busy. Me, I was just interested in the challenge. I’d never been a green thumb type, so I wanted to see if I could pull it off. Besides, when the girl you like asks you to plant some flowers, you just plant some flowers.

Picking the box was easy. I just went to the store and found whatever would find my window. Dirt was easy, too, since dirt was dirt. But picking the flowers to plant? Holy hell. I had no idea what I was doing. I got books from the library. I asked in at the local flower shop. I did everything short of consulting entrails and the stars to try and figure out which flowers were the right flowers to plant in my little window garden.

Then I decided to take a walk. I went up and down my street, and the street behind mine, looking at all the window boxes I saw. And there were plenty. It was that kind of cute little town. I started making note of the flowers my neighbors were growing in their window boxes. My theory was simple enough. If these flowers grew well in their boxes, there’d be no reason they wouldn’t work in mine.

After an hour of walking around, I had a good idea of what would work. I hit the store again and grabbed a bunch of seeds. And when my then girlfriend came back at the end of the summer, she was happy to see a box full of flowers on my windowsill.

And now I find myself in a somewhat similar situation. It’s one thing to say I’m going to do a digital garden. It’s another thing entirely to decide what I want that to mean. I could go down countless rabbit holes researching the right way to set up a digital garden. Or I could just look at what my neighbors are doing. It worked for me once, didn’t it?

So that’s what I’ll be doing next. Tomorrow being my usual research day, I’ll spend the day bouncing around the web, gathering ideas and examples from the websites I know and admire. Hopefully I’ll find something that sparks with me. And then I’ll do my best to make it my own.

Time to Plant a Garden, Digitally

So I had decided to take a blog break while on vacation. Turns out, that was a month ago! But the break was good, and I’m back with renewed vigor and some more ideas.

The idea I’ve been playing around with the most lately is to add another page to the website. I’ve been loving the idea of a “digital garden”, and have seen some excellent examples across the web. But I’ve never quite had a grip on how I would use such a page.

This week, I’m going to answer that question for myself. I have some ideas on how I think it could work for me, so I plan on giving it a go and seeing what happens. And of course I’ll do the work out in the open, as always, and will include lots of great examples I’ve been bookmarking along the way.

So that will be this week’s goal. Plant a digital garden. Feels like I’m preparing for a round of Stardew Valley. If it’s half as fun, I’ll call it a success!

Travel Day

Spent the day on the road. As a result, did very little other than sit on trains and listen to podcasts.

Just wanted to test out the new system in a real world environment. So here that is.