When I was younger, I would recreate my website about once every 4-6 months. I was never really very satisfied with the designs or directions, but that was OK. I was learning a lot, practicing my skills, and slowly figuring out who I wanted to be online.
But, as I aged, that process slowed down. These days the refreshes only come once every year or two, which is nice for my sanity. Unfortunately, I tend to keep to some similar old habits that I grew into in my younger years.
I am a visionary. That can mean different things for different people, but for me it’s about a constant desire to find and execute on improvements. I seek out change, growth, and development. I’m always getting new ideas for how to make things “better”, and I don’t often stop scratching at those improvements until I’m satisfied.
The trouble is, this hasn’t ever really been conducive for the type of person I like to be. Minimalism is a key trait that flows through a lot of my activities, interests, and artistic endeavors. It’s the small things that often have the greatest impact on my emotional state.
When I’m acting on my visionary impulses, I often get caught up in “more is more”, which, of course, leads over time to me feeling dissatisfied. Not only does this go against who I am as a minimalist, but some “improvements” can make my pursuits feel confusing, cause pressure or anxiety, and lead to burnout.
When you’ve set expectations for yourself that are impossible to meet without making major sacrifices elsewhere, you can end up frozen in place doing nothing at all. At least, that’s the case for me.
Which is why I’m back now, repeating that same old cycle, and relaunching this blog with minimalism in mind. Simple design. Simple blogging tools. Cut out the expectations and the bloat.
Just putting words on (virtual) paper.
The difference is: This time I’m going to actively remind myself regularly to cut out the excess. Simplicity has to stay at the core of what I’m doing, or else I might just end up resetting again.
Of course, simplicity doesn’t mean boring, but we’ll get to that another day. For now, I just wanted to say, “Welcome to the reset blog! Enjoy your stay, and thanks for reading.”