the best kind of blog

In response to my decision to write shorter articles and publish more frequently, a reader, Andre commented:

I like the idea of shorter but more frequent articles, because sometimes it’s better to provide some brainfood to think through by yourself.

This got me thinking. What makes a good blog?

Whenever I read a good post, it’s always been one that makes me think more carefully about something. For me, a really memorable article isn’t usually one of those ‘101 ways you can…’ ones I see in magazines etc. that people usually scan through and then forget about. The really good posts are the ones that make me sit back and think “Hm, I never thought of it like that before…”

So what am I trying to do with Minimal Student?

I’m not trying to be a manual. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life. Minimal Student is simply a guide to help you along the way. I’m here to give you ideas and get the ball rolling.

Every single one of you is a smart and intelligent person, capable of taking ideas like minimalism seriously. If you took it upon face value only (“throw out all your stuff!”) then you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

It’s up to you to build your own version of minimalism not rely on people telling you what to build. I read many blog posts everyday and now I realize that the best ones are brainfood, not the ones that try to brainwash you.

That’s probably why I had a feeling that I wanted to take the blog in this direction – more frequent and shorter posts, because I want to put the ideas out there and get my point across. If simplicity is the key to everything, then shouldn’t I be applying it to my writing too?

However, just to clarify, the ‘big posts’ aren’t going anywhere. I’m still going to be writing and publishing them all the time, so don’t worry about that! Also, please don’t be concerned about the quality of the posts, I would never ever publish anything below my standards, and believe me, they’re very high!

It’s exciting to step back and make realizations like this, because it shows that I’m growing as a writer. But I’m also a reader, and now I know that I would much rather be given something to think about than being told what to do.

speaking of which… a teeny request!

Have any posts on Minimal Student given you brainfood, or have been helpful, inspiring or motivating to you in the past?

If so, I’m trying to raise funds in order to cover costs and run Minimal Student for 2011. I don’t give in to ads or spam. I keep all of your emails private and I post all of the very best content for free. If you could please help keep MS going by donating just a few dollars, you will have my, and many future reader’s, eternal thanks.

Even if you can only spare a little, I will be forever grateful and promise to continue writing radical, exciting and memorable posts if you could click the button below:

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  • As Everett Bogue says: “We don’t need more 27 tips to do stupid crap articles, the internet is full of right now” 😉

    I love the thought.. I get tired of those bullet-lists as well

    Keep up the good work.. greetings from the Netherlands

    • Hi Jurino!

      Yes I agree! Although a few good tips are great, and lists make things easier to read, I don’t think those kinds of posts stand out against the giant noise of the internet. The really good stuff is the kind of stuff you can’t really put into lists, there are some things that can only be expressed properly in prose.

  • jana

    It is in a way more difficult to point out what constitutes a good blog than a rubbish one..
    For me the best type of blog is one that inspires me -something your blog really does. For years I was feeling like the odd one out, as I didnt like shopping, preferred having a simple life with less material values to focus on living travelling etc . Not until I read your blog did I know it was called “Minimalism”.. Your blog inspires me to stand by my choice and to continue to strive for a life with less stuff!

    • Hi Jana, thank you for your lovely comment. I’m honored that you think of my blog as inspiring! One of the reasons why I created this blog (I should have mentioned his above really) was also so that people like you can come here and find many others that feel the same way 🙂

  • Nick Brook

    Normally I would just ignore a request by bloggers for donations, but I am considering it with you because I genuinely do love your blog.
    But, may I ask why you need the donations?
    I don’t mean to be rude, just interested

    • Dear Nick, thank you for asking! As you might guess, I’m just a poor student (even poorer now I’ve chosen to study abroad) who needs some spare change to cover the hosting and server etc. costs of running Minimal Student. I only really need a few dollars, I’m not looking to make money out of this blog, and I’m perfectly willing to give up my time for free 🙂

  • I agree. I am always pulled into articles that are created with the intent to help someone think about their life, because something like minimalism, or even the search for passion, can only be fully implemented after a lot of thought has been put into it. Also, I completely agree about the personalization of minimalism and ideas.

    I also love the blog! It’s helped me think a lot about how to proceed with minimalism as a student at University.


    • Dear Stephen, thank you for your lovely comment! I’m glad you’re a student looking into minimalism too, that must mean we have a lot in common!

  • Hi Jessica,

    First of all, I’ve only been a subscriber for a little while, but I’ve loved what I’ve seen so far.

    Then I read this – now you’ve earned my respect. Those ’10 ways to skin a cat’ (I’m not condoning it) articles get my attention, and yeah I read them, but I forget them within minutes. I don’t read them, and I barely even skim them.

    We’re only going to grow if we think, if we’re made to think. I respect you for treating your readers like grown ups, and I’m going to read many more of your posts ^.^

    And about the donation: if I had a job, I absolutely would. And, I will, I promise – I’m only just out of student life myself!

    Keep writing healthy brain food 🙂