What is a “Minimalist” blog and why?
The idea of a “Minimalist” blog is to reduce or eliminate as much visual clutter as possible and to promote quicker absorption of what is written for the sake of clearer understanding and better retention.
We live in the age of short attention spans and “Skip Reading” where it is often not worth the time and trouble to sit and write blog posts of any appreciable length or complexity because too many people gloss over them, only half reading them, and thereby either miss salient points or learn nothing from their reading experience.
Nothing is more minimalist than the unadorned page of a newspaper with no advertising to distract the attention and for decades, newspapers have been most effective in transmitting news and views to the general population — especially to those who have enough leisure with which to sit down and actually analyze and think about what they have read.
The available electronic communications such as radio and television do not often afford this advantage because their words are said, persist but for a second of time and are then followed by other words that may or may not be related to the subject of interest.
But the electronic media are the path of least resistance for people who are not prone to want to do any work in thinking deeply about what they are being fed and this opens an opportunity for minimalist blogging to become the platform of common sense for those who actually care what is going on in the world around them.