Welcome to my digital garden

Digitla garden laptop

Hi. I’m Justin. Welcome to my digital garden.

So many of life’s greatest pleasures are in beginnings and endings.

– Seneca

This was a reflection Seneca had in his advancing years. Today, it is acting as the lead in my first digital garden essay.

You read that right. This is not a blog. It’s a digital garden. A concept I learned about in a tweet from Nate Green that referenced Joel Hook’s article, “My blog is a digital garden, not a blog.”

What is my digital garden?

Yellow tulips

A digital garden is a blog. But it’s also a place where I can write about ideas, share resources, and express thoughts. Without worrying about creating a brand, building a business, or performing.

I started this blog because I wasn’t writing and I wanted to write more. I wanted to stop giving a fuck about content marketing and building a personal brand. To stop worrying about writing the perfect piece so that someone else could consume it.

What you’ll find in my garden is for me. But you’re welcome to hang out and eat some of my veggies if you like what I’m growing.

Some things I write about.

It’s my simple and essential digital garden. It’s called simple and essential because that’s the theme of 2020 for me. Slowing down, being simple, and focusing on the essential things.

My purpose in life isn’t very complicated

I want to be the best man I can be and help other men be the same.

I want to be a good provider. Pay for a round of drinks for friends. Take care of the people I care about. Have amazing sex. Be fit, healthy, and capable of backpacking in a foreign country. Or performing daily tasks without feeling old and broken.

To do this I aim to simplify and essentialize (made that word up) my life by focusing on the things that matter most. Forgetting about the rest.

  • The simple and essential fitness stuff⁣⁣
  • The simple and essential nutrition stuff⁣⁣
  • The simple and essential relationship stuff⁣⁣
  • The simple and essential work stuff⁣⁣
  • The simple and essential life stuff⁣

This garden and the title of the blog serve as a reminder of that goal every single day.

If you like what you find. Take a seat and hang out with me.


Gratitude: Thank you to Nate Green for introducing me to Joel Hook’s digital garden article.

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