The slate is clean.
You may notice that things look a little different around here. Websites change their look and branding all the time, so there's nothing new or particularly special about the current visuals. However, if you pop over to the Archive, you'll notice a lack of articles. I've been blogging since October 2009 and had stockpiled nearly 200 articles over that time. I decided they would not make the journey to the current rendition of SamSpurlin.com. I don't miss them and you shouldn't either.
My evolution as a writer and a coach has resulted in me wanting to clarify my message and refine the image that I put out into the world. When I first started blogging I was only interested in minimalism. My early articles were nearly all how-to posts about decluttering and simplifying my life. At the time, that's what I found interesting (and lots of other people did, too). I was proud of the contribution I was making to the relatively young minimalism "scene" but I wasn't writing anything particularly unique or earth-shattering.
That's not who I am, anymore. The last thing I want when somebody is looking at my website for the first time and clicks over to the Archive is page after page of list-posts and relatively weak attempts at talking about minimalism and personal development. Those posts have served their purpose of helping me find my voice and figure out what I care about.
There's no reason that I should treat my digital clutter any differently than the way I treat the physical clutter in my life. I've gotten disturbingly good at refining my physical environment to the bare essentials of what I need to complete my work to the very best of my ability. There is almost nothing that represents any kind of physical or mental drain in my living space. For awhile, I haven't felt that way about my blog. I could feel myself having moved on from my original purpose and mission and yet almost everything from that period of my life was still hanging around in the depths of the archive. I had made fairly weak attempts at pruning the old articles in the last couple of months, but hadn't really stood up to the task of clearing it from my life like I needed to. With the re-launch of SamSpurlin.com and a greater focus on my personal development coaching, speaking, and more in-depth writing style, now is the best time to cut the cord and start fresh.
I hope you enjoy the new look and feel around here. I feel reinvigorated to build an archive of articles that truly represents my most up-to-date thinking and best writing. Thanks, as always, for sticking around and please feel free to contact me with any questions.