On this same day one year ago I hit ‘publish’ on my first ever post on this blog. Who would have thought? I wasn’t really sure what I was doing at the time but I knew I had entered a completely new phase in my life and that I wanted a creative outlet to see me through the journey. I decided to call the site Simple Life Experiment because I felt it really summed up well what I was doing with my life; that is, I had decided to make myself the subject of my own ongoing, day-to-day experiment, to see what things might be like if I stripped away all the unnecessary bits and simplified my life. So far, so good. The experiment continues, with excellent results to date!
While from the outset I established that I would post on here just for the sake of it, regardless of whether anyone was reading it or not, I have been overwhelmed with kindness and support from many like-minded people and really feel I am now part of a community where I fit in. Being a bit different from the mainstream and having niche interests makes me feel like the odd one out in my everyday life, so it has been really comforting to have this space, somewhere I feel I can actually relate to those around me. For all my suspicion of technology and the trouble I have with balancing screen time and real life, one thing is for sure: digital communities are a wonderful thing and I feel very fortunate to be part of this one.
While we’re on the topic of celebrating blog-versaries, I would also like to wish a very happy imminent blog birthday to Britt over at Tiny Ambitions, my dear bloggy friend on the other side of the world who has been a huge inspiration to me and a wonderful source of support and encouragement from the very beginning. Thank you Britt! If you aren’t yet familiar with Tiny Ambitions but love minimalism, the simple life and tiny houses, I advise you to make your way on over to Britt’s blog 😀
I’ll keep this post a short one, but before I sign off I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has ever read or commented on anything on here in this past year. This is more than I ever expected, but your readership and words of support and insight are always very much appreciated!