Why I Struggle With Minimalist Design

PLEASE READ: I decided to give myself a fresh start. Read more about that here.

I’ve been working on something new, but I’m struggling a bit on whether or not to use the design here on my blog — and I’ll tell you why.

I love minimalism.

Whether it be with design or simply becoming a minimalist in life. I love the idea of packing light and doing without wherever I can.

Sometimes I wish that I could do whatever I wanted to here on my blog when it comes to design, but even when I try, I fail.

At some point in the design process there comes a time where I start to consider how my readers will feel about the decisions that I am making.

Consider it being narrow minded, but I like to have things a certain way here … FOR ME.

But then I realize that I want this journey to be more you, and less me:

So I’m conflicted about the way I present content on my blog. Do I go the traditional route and have sidebars, widgets and sharing icons everywhere?

Or do I make it feel comfortable, with lots of whitespace, less distraction, and some cool transition effects?

I love minimalist design, but as a reader, do YOU?

I’d love to hear what you think about this, so feel free to sound off in the comments below. Please be honest, as I promise not to be offended.