It's amazing to start building indies hacker project in 2022, especially with web technology, we have abundance languages, frameworks and app-starters template. But it's also incredibly hard to navigate through these choice.
My goal was to set out to build a website that take in bunch of markdown files from my personal notes then turn it into a Digital Garden, or wiki-style personal knowledge management. Something similar to Obsidian Publish tools, but with more reasonable price and have wider support of markdown editor.
If you don't know what a digital garden is a few article below is a great starting point:
- Andy Mastuchak Evergreen Notes concept
- Or amazingly illustrated and articulated artile on A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden from Maggie Appleton
And my favourite illustration of Digital Garden
So with that goal in mind, I have a couple of idea that I want to explore
Notes should be in Markdown format
Original notes should always be in Markdown format, because markdown format retain portability and it's wildy support both hundreds of awesome Markdown editors, and all well-known big tech (Github, Gitlab, Gitbook, ...), Also Markdown note is also human-readable event without any help from editor.
Publishing should be as painless and seamless as possible
Publishing your digital garden should be as seamless as possible. I believe that learning in public is a great practice and to facilitate
Integrated tool for thought
A PKM first and foremost is the tool for the author to find clarity in the thoughts, cultivate new idea and concept, therefore I think published digital garden should also incorporate tools and technology that faciliate that. Plus it will bring a great user experience
It should also be personalized
Each Digital Garden reflect personality of the author, so it should be possible for the author to add his/her own flavor of styling.