Answer: A blog minimalist is someone who chooses to focus on the art and craft of blogging without clutter and complication that you might encounter with conventional blogs. Nothing’s wrong with conventional blogs. But as someone who wants to write with intention and for the purpose of writing better, my focus is on meaning rather than marketing. I’m might be stuck in the ’90s, but I miss the days when bloggers blogged without the complication of today’s continuously changing SEO rules, new apps, widgets, email funnels, onboarding, and marketing dos-and-don’ts. As blog minimalist, I write to learn and to communicate.
Flannery O’Connor said it best:
“…I have to write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it again.”Flannery O’Connor
Why can’t blogging be blogging anymore?
Who said it can’t? Seth Godin blogs daily. So does Austin Kleon. Seth advocates for blogging everyday because that’s how you get better. Austin recommitted himself to blogging daily and writes a great post about what’s he’s learned from daily blogging.
Who else blogs daily? If you do or you can name another daily blogger, please drop a note in the comments sections to let me know.
Daily Blogging Is Challenging
I know it’s challenging to publish words each day because I’ve tried and failed to stick with it before. I let perfectionism and its cousin, procrastination, get in my way. I got lost trying to figure out widgets and apps. I spent time thinking about promoting content rather than creating it. Frustration and confusion walked me down the path to discouragement. Why try? Blogging too hard? I can’t do it!
Blogging, in its purest, minimalistic form, is typing out your ideas to share. We still desire to do this. It hasn’t gone out of style. Technology has made it both easier and harder to do by the sheer number of choices we have. Minimalists like to keep things simple in all areas of our lives.
More Backstory on Sally Olson
Before starting this blog, I wrote about homesteading and gardening at Garden Valley Homestead, and I taught organization at Life Simplified and Paper Planner Examiner. And I did this while home-educating my two sons who are young adults today.
Long before I began blogging, I worked in marketing communications for Silicon Valley startup tech companies. My experience is eclectic. But, I’m a 9 on the Enneagram, so it works for me.
Thanks for being here. I hope you’ll stick around.