A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Year End Reflections for 2011

So, here we are nearing the end of 2011. There’s just something about seeing an entire year come to a close that prompts you to reflect back on it. At the same time there seems to be this expectation of making the new year better some how.

I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers posting lists of their most popular posts for 2011. So I pulled up my Google Analytics account to see what my list looked like.

A Surprisingly Popular Post

Ironically, my most popular content (other than my about page and my book page) is the post I wrote in April about closing my blog. And it wasn’t just marginally more popular. It has more than double the traffic of my other popular posts.

Funny that on a minimalist blog, the most popular post had absolutely nothing to do with minimalism, simplifying, or organization. Just an honest rant about feeling overwhelmed and considering throwing in the blogging towel. It’s still something I consider quite frequently.

The popularity of the post tells me that I’m not unique in feeling overwhelmed or questioning whether writing for an unseen audience is worth the effort. Perhaps more people are looking for someone to say it’s ok to stop blogging or maybe more people just need to feel heard and encouraged.

Other Top Posts for 2011

The other most popular posts for the year include the following:

Forget Minimalism: When Less is Not More

Help! My Daughter Became a Minimalist

Go Hard Core With a Clean Slate Room Declutter

Minimalism, Menus, and Saving Money

Contentment, Resentment, and Yearning for More

How to Create Your Bedroom Oasis

Your Digital Life is Not Your Life

My Favorite Blogging Accomplishments for 2011

It was just a short year ago that I made the switch from blogging at MinimalistMoms.com to writing here at MinimalistAtHome.com. I made that change in an effort to reach out to moms, dads, and families as a whole and I think that was a successful move.

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is the sense of community that is built here on the blog through the comment section as well as the interaction on Twitter and the Minimalist at Home Facebook page.

Before 2011, I don’t think I really considered myself a writer. Blogging often feels like you’re talking to yourself. During this year I have been able to change that by completing three books that I am very proud of. There’s just something about compiling your thoughts into a book and seeing people consume it that makes you feel like a real writer.

The Minimalist Within was my first ebook of the year. It was the guidebook I created about minimalism for you or anyone wondering what minimalism is all about. It takes you beyond the how and digs deeper into the “why” behind minimalism.

Family-Sized Minimalism was my biggest book project of the year. I really enjoyed applying the truths of minimalism to families. It has been incredibly well received and was due in large part to my friends in the minimalist blogging community.

A Minimalist Family Christmas came from a spontaneous idea I had one afternoon. It sold several hundreds of copies in a few short weeks and even as I write this remains the #1 Kindle Nonfiction Holiday book.

I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to anyone who read, commented on, shared, or reviewed my books this year. It truly means a lot to me.

Looking Forward

I’m not really sure what the next year holds for me in terms of writing and blogging online. I have a feeling some big changes are on the horizon. I’ve been pondering several things lately:

  • I’ve begun to wonder if the “minimalist” niche is too narrow for what I want to write about. Perhaps it’s time for a change.
  • I’m considering a month long experiment of posting everyday. The less frequently I write the easier it is to not post at all. I need to jump start my creativity again.
  • I have a new digital magazine project that I’m very excited about. I’ve been looking for other writers to contribute and I’m curious to see how that project will develop.
  • I’m also wondering if blogging is really the platform that I need to be spending the most time on. Maybe writing ebooks or more stand alone projects would be more beneficial. Or perhaps I need to just focus on the business of building websites.

That’s plenty of things to consider and think about as I sip on some homemade cranberry tea.

I hope you have a safe and happy end to 2011. As always, I love hearing from you in the comment section or give me a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. The thing I love about reading blogs is the comfortable, conversational feel a good blog has, even if it’s conveying difficult information or exploring difficult topics. If you decide to move away from blogging toward your other interests, I’ll miss “conversing” with you. Whatever path you take, I hope that it will be a good and fulfilling one for you.

  2. Looking forward to seeing what 2012 holds for you Faith – whatever it does – have fun!

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