Yesterday I started working on a post I’ll share soon; a massive link list of my favorite posts here on the blog since its very beginning, organized by “art” and “science” (I’ll explain why later).
Going back in time was trippy for all sorts of reasons, the least of which was witnessing the progress of both my writing style and the topics I cared about. When I started the blog, I had two kids—a barely three-year-old and a newborn (they’re now in third grade and kindergarten, and they have a three-year-old brother). A lot of what I wrote was me wading through the waters of the whole early motherhood thing, chronicling my ideas as I learned them.
My posts were originally much more about the science of living simpler—how to create an art cabinet for preschoolers, how to budget on an irregular income, and the like. The past few years, they’ve become much more about the art of simple living—why it matters, what it looks like for different people, how to do it like a sane person.
I love this blend on the blog; that stuff here is both about the why and the how. Reading through the archives gave me fresh ideas for future posts, both because I’m continuing to learn new ideas and because well, my mind has changed since some of those posts back in 2008.
But one thing I didn’t realize until yesterday was this—I haven’t asked you all for post ideas since 2009. Four years ago, I asked Simple Mom readers what they’d like to read, and you all/they gave me some great ideas. But I haven’t checked in again since to hear your ideas. That’s silly of me.
So, since it’s been a whole international move, cross-country move, and offspring birthed later, I thought I’d ask you all again: what would you like to read here?
I’d love to know if you have any questions or thoughts about the practicality of living simpler, what parts of my personal journey towards simpler living you’d like to know, and if you’re more inclined towards the more artsy or sciencey posts. (Categories are on the left sidebar on the blog, if you need to grease your wheels.)
I ebb and flow on topics, based on what interests me and what’s going on in my own life, but now that I’ve revved back up my personal blog, I have all reason to keep this blog focused on what the majority most want to read. This is an online space dedicated to saying no to the cultural norm of busyness, clutter, and conventionality, and yes to freedom, slowness, and grace. Let’s celebrate those priorities together.
So. What would you like to read? I’m open to hearing any and all future post ideas.
(And yes, I’ll be sharing a tour of our home soon-ish.)