In our final roundup of the year, we thought it would be helpful to share the blogs that have helped shape our values in 2015. There are many more we could have included in the list, but these are the ten that we still read consistently today.
There’s a good mix of pure minimalists, creatives and productivity specialists. However, the underlying theme for all of these writers is the concept of less is more. They all ask the question, ‘how can I live a simpler and more meaningful life?’ It’s a great question and a question I’m sure you ask yourself as well.
Under each section, we’ve added links to our favourite posts for each blog. We hope that you discover some new resources that will ultimately help you to live a more simple life.
The talented writer behind Becoming Minimalist is Joshua Becker. This is a blog I’ve been reading for a few years now, and I’m always impressed with the quality of posts Joshua publishes on a regular basis. He has a good mix of practical, actionable tips on how to simplify, mixed with inspirational, heartfelt content to pick you up when you need it the most.
- Minimalism: Redefining Society
- Don’t Just Declutter, De-own.
- 50 Minimalism Quotes… Through the Centuries
James Clear has one of the fastest growing single author blogs after growing his readership to over 100,000 subscribers within his first two years of publishing. After reading some of his articles, you will quickly understand why he has had so much success in a short period. Jame’s meticulously studies the best minds in the world and dissects information for his readers into actionable thought-provoking advice that helps form long-lasting habits.
- The Myth of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Leads to Better Work
- 5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail (and What to Do About Them)
- Stop Overdosing on Celebrity Gossip, The News, and Low Quality Information
Courtney Carver is the creative writer behind Be More With Less. As the name suggests, Courtney is focused on helping others discover more of what they can be by doing less. She also happens to be a practitioner in capsule wardrobes, as showcased in her popular Project 333 program.
- 5% Less
- The Story of the Mexican Fisherman
- Frequently Asked Questions about Simplicity and Minimalism
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the writers behind The Minimalists. This is a seriously popular blog that has reached mainstream media around the world. The guys do a fantastic job of telling their story of going from a “successful” consumerist lifestyle to living a simpler life with more meaning. What I love about their blog is how they apply minimalism to their writing. Many of their posts are short and sweet – only saying what needs to be said.
- Goodbye Fake Friends
- Fight Club’s Tyler Durden is a Minimalist
- Why I Walked Away From My Six-Figure Career
Leo Babauta is the down-to-earth blogger behind this ultra-popular website, and we attribute a lot of our personal development to him. What we love about Leo is his willingness to experiment and try new things. He’s always testing new ways to simplify and to be more productive. He’s also a compassionate vegan, which of course, is extra brownie points in our book ;-).
- Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different
- Fear is the Root of Your Problems
- A Call for Compassion for the Defenseless
- 38 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years
Tsh Oxenreider is the prolific writer being The Art of Simple. To be completely honest, I’ve only recently discovered her blog but have fallen in love with her posts and gorgeous design. Tsh draws upon many personal experiences and turns them into lessons for her readers. And like other bloggers on this list, she’s unforgivably honest, making it easy to relate to her. She also has a talented team of guest contributors to keep the content fresh.
This is another fantastic blog I discovered in 2015. Dan Erickson is the creative minimalist behind Hip Diggs, and I’ve had the pleasure to connect with him over email. His writing style is to the point and extremely easy to read. He’s also prolific, having managed four blogs at one time and posting 10–12 times per week!
- 7 Reasons To Keep Walking For Exercise
- Two Questions About Getting Back To Basics
- 12 Steps To Creating A Minimalist Home
Jessica Dang is the blogger behind Minimal Student. She’s not afraid to question the norms and is totally committed to minimalism. She admits that she has a slight obsession with Japan and you can certainly see the influence in her lifestyle. What I love the most about Minimal Student is the experiments Jessica posts. There are lots of little nuggets in each case study.
- How I’m living a millionaire’s lifestyle and how you can too
- What I learned from 365 days of doing the 7 minute workout
- My minimalist morning routine
First of all, as a person of the internet, I absolutely love the metaphoric name behind No Sidebar. In fact, when I first discovered the blog on Twitter, I thought it was a design website. As it turns out, it’s a simple living blog and a good one at that! Brian Garnder is the man behind No Sidebar. He’s a minimalist designer by trade and has done a great job of building an editorial team for this project. I love the content, aesthetics and the message. Tick, tick, tick.
- Why Confidence is the Key to a Simple Life
- A Diet of Distraction: Simplifying to Find Balance
- How to Stay a Minimalist
Out of all of the blogs on this list, I’ve probably spent the most time on Alexandra’s in 2015. Her articles are informative, actionable, inspirational and entertaining. And I guess this is what you’d expect from a writer who teaches writing. On the surface, Alexandra is a professional creative, but as you dig deeper into her archives, you will find that she’s a minimalist at heart. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I have.
- How to be more interesting than a phone.
- How to say “no” to everything ever.
- 30 mantras for people who are afraid of “missing out.”
- Why I do not use social media anymore.
Our list of simple living blogs for 2015
So there’s our list of simple living blogs that changed our lives this year, and I’m sure they will continue to serve us in the future.
While there’s lots of reading to do as a result of this post, we would still love your input. Is there any simple living blogs that you love that wasn’t included on our list? If you have some favourites, please share them in the comments below.