I wanted to send a little shout out to Joshua Becker. Sound familiar? He's the mastermind behind "Becoming Minimalist". Now, why send a shout out to him when there are so many great people writing great blogs? That's an easy one for me to answer. In addition to having a great perspective on becoming minimalist, with some really good, real life solutions, Joshua also offers a lot to people for free.
The most important thing for me, lately, are his posts on his business model and getting started as a blogger. These are the kinds of things I've been struggling with - for example, do I need to have advertising to keep my blog sustainable? It just wasn't something I wanted to do and when I saw a few bloggers I really liked head down that path, I started thinking maybe this isn't the platform for me. I just want to share what I know and hopefully, along the way, help someone out. I'd love to not pay out of pocket for the blog but I don't need to make a fortune off it either.
Joshua's post about his business practices helped me find the middle road which in turn, lead me back to the original purpose of the blog.
If you're interested in how to create a sustainable blog without a tonne of advertising (hint: it requires extra effort but is so worth it) or if you're not sure how to start or what the benefits are, I suggest you hit the links above.
And, if you're interested in a real life experience of stripping away the excess, it's a great post for his musings, tips, and some diversity brought by the guest bloggers. Overall, it's a blog I would strongly recommend.