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The Evolution of The Minimalist Guy (and a secret)

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.

One in January and one in February. No postings or updates in March, April, and May.

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.”



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  • They write essays about minimalism to help people live more meaningful lives lives that are filled with happiness passion and freedom………………… You have no idea how many people you are helping..From a Tweet is one of the best writers out there at the moment..From an A-List blogger s site Colin Wright of I ve been a big fan of the intellectualized approach these guys have been bringing to Minimalism..

  • I’ve always had inside me minimalism but only knew him as a life style after I met zenhabits.com
    Leo Babauta touched me with his words that made me go deeper in minimalism. After Everett Bogue met. It was sad to know that a great reference minimalism has left us but I know that others will come to make history as well. Good luck in your career.

  • Ahmad Fadli (KC)

    Thanks for visiting Lucas. Leo has the ability to make us reread his books and writings over and over again…

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