Three weeks ago, a random thought crossed my mind… I should start blogging again.
My random thought about blogging led to a question. “What should I blog about?” So, I took a step back and asked “What is something unique that I know or do that I could share with others?” I immediately thought of minimalism. People are always asking me questions about how I’m so neat and organized and where should they start with getting rid of things. I thought about how my very first freelance gig was helping executives and investment bankers clear their working space and organize how they processed work. I thought “Hey, self, this is a great idea. It will be fun!”
Who Is Already Writing About Minimalism? What Are They Saying?
A few years ago, when I was struggling to handle the responsibilities of running my family’s manufacturing business while still being involved with two non-profits (one for dogs and one for people) I read an EXCELLENT book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I read it from a business perspective, but it’s basically about focusing your energies on what is really important to you and learning to say no to the rest. It’s minimalism for your responsibilities. It really helped me focus, both professionally and personally.
I needed to know what else is out there related to minimalism. I bought a book about Simplicity. I won’t say exactly which book, because I need to say that I HATED IT!!! I really, really hated it. I wouldn’t have even finished it, except that my new project required me to finish. So. Much. Drivel.
I went online, searched a bit, read some websites and blogs, and got a feel for what is out there. Then I thought about my personal blend of Minimalism, Productivity, Getting Things Done, Feng Shui, Conservation of Effort…
Oh!!! I had it… Practical Minimalism! Actually…
Catchy, right? (A bit too catchy, apparently, as one person has already added “practical” to their online bio/description, but, hey, that’s OK. I’m a giver.)
Woohoo! Exciting. Except… I’ve also learned in the last three weeks that “Minimalism” is apparently a “trendy movement” right now. My initial reaction to that realization was “Ewwwww. No and nope!” However, my BFU (best friend in the universe) called me on exactly that a few months ago – on my tendency to eschew anything popular. So, I had to give it a second thought past “nope.” It could still be fun. Maybe even more fun! More friends to make, right?
Which Direction Do I Go?
I have a decision to make. Do I dive into the existing communities of Minimalists online, make friends,* and explore whether I have something unique to add? Or do I fold now and think of something different to blog about?
I’m going to sleep on that tonight. Possibly I will take a couple weeks to explore online and read before I decide. Speaking of reading, I decided yesterday that I am officially holding myself to the Five Hour Rule from now on (for the rest of my life). I will read and learn about new things for at least one hour per work day.
If anyone wants to add their $0.02 about why I should or shouldn’t do this, I’m all ears. (Not literally, because that would be weird. Figuratively all ears.)
*I dont even know if you CAN make friends blogging like back in the day. Back then we had entire conversations in the comments of posts, but now the conversations take place in so many places – facebook and instagram for sure – and seemingly not as in-depth on blogs.