Pedro Arantesrose

Welcome to my Digital Garden

Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

I like to think that this site is my "digital garden," not a blog. I use this term because I use it here to write about some thoughts and ideas I have and want to share with the world. And like a garden, a place where things grow, here is a site where I "seed" my ideas little by little.

There are two kinds of posts here: articles and Zettelkasten. Articles are texts that I put more creative effort into writing, share some ideas, and create some correlation among different topics. Zettelkasten are notes that I write when I'm doing some research. Articles use these notes to give more credibility to the posts.


There were many reasons I started this project. Creating a second memory, retain more knowledge, learn design, to name a few. As I was working more and more, I've built more features along the way. I listed them below in the chronological order in which I've created them.


Instead of creating an "about me" page, I've decided to make the now page. This page shows what I'm focusing on right now at this point in my life. If you want to know more about it, you can check the page


I can find any posts by searching a specific keyword on all page. This feature comes in handy because sometimes I forget about some topic I've written, but I know that I wrote some notes about it in some post.


It's my contact page that I send to other people to share my social media profiles. It's my business card.


I use tags to create connections among posts. It's the essence of the Zettelkasten method for making notes. This way, I can easily correlate notes, articles, and book resumes.


Every post has its recommendations: posts that are backlinks or have the same tags as the current post. The algorithm sorts the recommendations by rating, which I give to every post written.


It contains unfinished posts. Search engines don't index these posts. Sometimes the post is already finished, but it remains a draft to get a final review after some days.


The main idea of Zettelkasten is connecting the notes through references and tags. To see the connections between my posts, I've created the Network. With this feature, I can check my cluster of notes, how they're connected, how they grow over time. I can also discover paths between any topics.


I post every week a digest, using Revue, of the posts I created in the past seven days. This feature shows the posts I should add to my digest. If you're curious about it, you can check it on the digest page.


I ask myself some questions that I don't know how to answer yet, but I register them to remind me to find the answer someday and write notes about them.


It shows 1, 2, 4, 8, and so on, weeks old posts remember the topic. I've created this feature to apply the Spacing Effect, which states that more information is retained in your long-term memory by multiple spaced-out study sessions.


My Google Calendar is public (of course, without displaying the event details), then I created a page that renders an iframe of my calendar. The calendar page is helpful because I can share if others the schedule I'm available.

Open Source

I've open-sourced all posts and codebase of this website under CC BY 4.0 license on GitHub. I believe this may encourage others to create a blog too and create more value for the world.

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