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Minimalist blog design

I have switched from premium wordpress theme to a minimalist blog design.

I have been switching between blogging themes fairly often. I just can’t seem to find the right one. I know that I keep coming back to one thing, and that’s a minimalist blog design, and not one with a lot of different features. I am focusing on my content, and lately, I have been focusing on the speed of my blog as well. I want thing to be as plain and simple as possible.

minimalist blog design

Now, that you’re reading this post, you’ll see my brand new design. It’s as plain and simple as it gets. The blog is faster than ever, and I am more satisfied than I have been in a very long time.

The reason I want a minimalist blog design

I have already mentioned two reasons; the focus on my content, and the speed. But, there are several other reasons as well.

I’m going minimalist in my life. I want things to be simple at home. I don’t want to own much. I am looking for clarity in life, and a purpose without clutter. So far, I have seen great results, by just focusing on a few things. Stay tuned. You’ll get more information about my new philosophy for a happy life.

More online presence. Writing in a different environment, using Byword and a minimalist blog design, I write and publish a lot faster. This saves me time. I’ll be more available for other people.

Watching my new look, it just feels right. It feels like I’m finally going in the direction I was meant to go, and that I’m turning my blogging into part of my new direction in life.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to change a lot. Minimalism has been on my mind for quite some time, and I have started to implement it in my life already. I’m going on step at a time.



6 responses to “Minimalist blog design”

  1. Hi Jens, it’s funny, I’ve done the exact same thing to several of my blogs in the past. I would dive deeper and deeper into the premium themes I was using until I would strip everything down and focus on just the text part of the content. In fact, I ran my personal blog for a while using the WordPress default theme Twenty Thirteen; so it wasn’t that long ago. I removed almost every plugin and it was super fast.

    I loved the speed and I REALLY loved how easy it was to write content. In fact, since I wasn’t worrying about things like images and formatting, I actually posted a couple of times from my phone while I was away from home. There’s something a little liberating about writing without any of the distractions we create for ourselves.

    What happens, for me, is I start “missing” the options more robust themes offer. I start thinking of great image ideas, adding videos, audio, quotes, and tweetables. Then I think of a great header image idea and the next thing I know I’m surfing one of the online theme stores looking for my next complication. lol

    I actually just went with a theme that’s more multimedia friendly for Hot Blog Tips. I love that theme and it’s a good fit for the content I create for that audience.

    I was thinking about setting up a separate test domain for another personal-type of blog and use a mobile app for posting all of the content there. I don’t remember the name of the platform I was looking at but it’s almost as simple as posting a tweet and it even shares across some of the social media sites. Wow, I should have written a post on this. lol Sorry about going so long. 😉

    • Hi Brian,

      You don’t need to be sorry for going long. This is awesome. I have been back and forth with the minimalism on my blog(s). At the moment, everything feels right about going minimalistic on this blog. But, like you said, I might want to explore a different method later on. I really enjoy exploring new things, so I’ll definitively will do more creative things with my blog in the future – or maybe it’ll be a different blog 🙂

      I’d love to get more information about that other platform. Do you remember the name?

      • Actually I thought of it as soon as I left the comment. I left you a message on Triberr but for everyone else it’s called “Known” http://withknown.com/ I haven’t tried it yet but I did record an audio clip and a video so I can upload them when I’m ready.

        It’s in beta so I don’t want to risk an established blog with something like that but it looks worth testing. Known is based on IndieWeb but there are other platforms that are a little further along.

  2. Josh says:

    I understand. I just switched my theme too. I also wanted a minimalist design that would load quickly and be reader friendly.

  3. That’s awesome Brian. I have never heard of it before, but I’ll be checking it out now. Thanks!

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