In December last year I announced that I would be taking a month long break from writing here, at The Minimalist Guy.
It turned out I took almost longer than that. I only managed to write two blog posts after December 2010.
Zilch, nil, nada.
But during the hiatus, I managed to reflect on why I started writing on The Minimalist Guy and whether I should continue writing on minimalism when there are a lot of other people are doing it.
I started TMG when I started to embrace minimalism as a way of life. I attempted the 100 Things Challenge, and I got out of credit card debt then.
I used to have a dream of becoming a celebrity minimalist blogger like Everett Bogue too. (For the record, I think I’m an E-list celebrity minimalist blogger because I was featured twice in two national newspapers)
But when he said ‘Fuck Minimalism’, I was left in limbo. (You know I can’t be serious about this ;-))
The truth is, eventhough I have a love hate relationship with him, I really admire his writings.
He is able to stir emotions and moves people to take action.
Besides him, the other two guys whose writings I admire are Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Fazallah Pit, my editor at KeadilanDaily.com.
Leo has the ability to make you want to read his writing over and over again. I myself keep on going back to his books and reread it from time to time.
As for Fazallah, his writings are compact, yet they are full of ‘punches’.
You can feel that the words are carefully chosen to give the strongest impact, with the least efforts.
Because of this, I realised that I am so blessed to be surrounded with a lot of resources and people to model after in improving my writing.
Therefore, The Minimalist Guy is no longer a platform for me to be a celebrity minimalist blogger 😉
It is now a platform for me to improve my writings, and connect with other amazing people on this world.
From now on, you will find me writing on various topics on this blog.
But I can assure you that Minimalism will still be the underlying theme of my writings from time to time.
Before I end this essay, let me tell you one secret about Minimalism.
Once you get into Minimalism, it is hard for you to leave it. Everett Bogue was lying when he said ‘Fuck Minimalism’.
Minimalism (the movement, the lifestyle, not the design) is like Hotel California.
“You can check out anytime you want but you can’t never leave.”