I was inspired to blog about simple living and minimalism by a handful of other bloggers who wrote sincerely about the topic. But where have those voices gone? And who are today’s leaders of the minimalist lifestyle? Touching base with others who are on similar journeys is part of a simple, deliberate life.
Of that small group of writers who inspired me to start blogging about my increasingly simple life, Josh Becker is the only one still writing on the topic. His blog, Becoming Minimalist, may not be what it once was, but at least he’s still out there. I can’t recommend it, but I commend him for sticking with it.
I liked David Damron’s writing on The Minimalist Path, but he left the scene. I was never fully committed to Everett Bogue’s work on Far Beyond The Stars, but I liked some of it — before he dissolved into a different sort of writing style and a different kind of lifestyle that somehow resulted in the loss of some letters from his name. (He’s known as Ev Bogue now, I’m told, but I couldn’t say what he’s been up to.)
I can remember a few other names too, but you’re unlikely to remember the short-lived blogs associated with them, so I won’t mention them.
Perhaps I was once something of leader in this field too, but I haven’t been posting as much recently — and I had already noticed a big turnover in my readership anyway. Did I get too radical? Did I go off-point? Did the quality of my writing decrease? Did some of you simply lose interest in me?
A few of the bloggers who started around the same time I did are still around, still writing and still making a difference. That’s great. Sound off in the comments section to remind my readers that you’re here.
But I can’t really say who the leaders of simple living blogging are today. Can you? I’d love to hear you opinions.
Maybe we don’t really need any leaders. We all have equal footing in the blogging world, so why would leaders be necessary?
Or maybe I’m a leader and don’t even know it.
Could it be that you’re poised to be a leader in minimalist thinking but aren’t taking your place or your responsibility seriously?
What do you think? Please express your opinion about which voices are leading the simple living community today.
If I’ve let you down by posting infrequently this summer, I’m sorry. I accept my responsibility to share what I’m learning about living a simpler life.
And I’ll be back — very soon.
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