The Simple Year blog is a platform for those with a year-long Simple Living Project and is currently looking for its next story teller.
Huh? Imagine an online version of some reality show in which the participants change each season. Although, we fly our freak flags a bit lower than your standard cable network reality stars, but we are giving you a glimpse of our daily trials and tribulations as we attempt year-long simple living projects.
The Simple Year was started in April, 2012 by Kerry and family as a journal in their attempt to Buy Nothing New for a Year. In the beginning the blog was just a first person narrative read by a few family and friends.
And then others began to take notice and started to read the story with all of its ups and downs. Slowly, The Simple Year year gained an audience. As the year of buying nothing new grew to a close, Kerry decided she had written enough about the subject. But, she didn’t want to lose the momentum of The Simple Year and wasn’t ready to abandon the site to become one of those blog equivalents of a a ghost town or a nearly empty strip mall with only a Chinese Buffet and a We Buy Gold Store– from vibrant to abandoned.
So she decided to give someone else a shot at telling their story via The Simple Year and advertised for a replacement–someone else who had a Simple Year (2) in them.
Simple Year 2
Kandice and her upper middle class family documented their year long attempt to shed their swank neighborhood and all the social and material trappings that go along with it in order to live a more “meaningful life”. Visit here for her details.
Simple Year 3
The Simple Year’s third writer was Kim who documented her attempts to improve her life by making other lives better. She calls it conscious kindness and explored if being kind complicates or simplifies. Start Here to read about Kim’s project.
Simple Year 4
Next, Tracy approached the concept of simplifying with her educator’s eye during year four. She mapped a course in Life Management and spent the year implementing the program with her family and writing about it. Start Here to read about Tracy’s project.
Simple Year 5
Ever thought about a year with no waste, no takeout containers, product packaging or anything else that may end up in a landfill? Trisha and her family spent a year doing just that. Follow her journey here.
Simple Year 6
Hannah started telling her simple living story from one of the most far flung places on the planet, a remote fishing village in Alaska. She documented her life with limited access to technology, healthcare and shopping. During her year, she also gave birth to a baby girl, moved her family and changed jobs all while trying to keep it simple. You can read about her adventurous life starting here.
The Simple Year will be looking for another writer with a Simple Living project next year. Sound Interesting? Think you might be interested in taking over a blog with an existing readership?
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