Simple Journey: Moving Into The World Of Documentation

When I first started Hip Diggs, I told you that I was starting the site as a way to log my own simple journey. To an extent, I’ve done that. In the future, I’ll be documenting my simple journey even more.

Simple Journey: Photo of Dan Erickson by the Blue Door Art Studio
Photo by Deccio Creative

Blogging has been a journey. Early in that journey, I moved through a variety of topics to land solidly in the area of simple living and minimalism. It’s who I am.

But my journey is not always a simple journey. Like anyone else, I struggle. I don’t live as minimally as many who call themselves minimalists do. Does that mean I’m a phony? Absolutely not.

Sometimes A Simple Journey Is Not So Simple

Life can be unpredictable. I didn’t expect to be a single dad in my 40s and 50s. You might say it’s just an excuse, but part of the reason I don’t live as minimally as some is because I am a single parent. I don’t want to force minimalism on Annie. I want her to feel that her needs, and even some of her wants, are being fulfilled.

That’s all part of the journey.

This year, I’ve been adding new elements to Hip Diggs. I’ve added some of my own photography and may add videos in the future. I’ll be continuing in this direction as Hip Diggs moves forward. And although I love the simplicity of the one-picture format I’ve used the past few years, I’ll be continuing to use a few more visuals on some posts at Hip Diggs.

It’s all about documenting the journey. I hope I’ve given you a lot of great simple living ideas over the past few years. Now I want to show you, too.

I want to show you how I’m living my life. I want to share my visions of minimalist photography and art.

When I clean my closet or garage, I want to share what I give away and what I keep. When I reach the point of being able to move and downsize into a smaller space, I hope to share that move with you, too.

I want to share my simple and sometimes not-so-simple journey so that you might learn from my experiences and mistakes.

Every Journey Has Its Costs

This simple journey isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always free. I’ve kept Hip Diggs mostly non-profit since its start. I occasionally make a few dollars when I sell my own books. But that doesn’t pay the overhead.

That’s why I’m asking for your help.

Running a blog isn’t super expensive, but there are costs involved. Hosting, domain renewal, themes, video equipment, computers, and other business expenses add up.

That’s why I’m asking for your help. Would you consider becoming a contributor? You could give a one-time gift, or help with a monthly stipend. Anything is appreciated.

In return, I’ll continue to offer great content about my simple journey, and I’ll continue to spread the word about minimalism. And with your help, I’ll grow Hip Diggs and add programs and courses that you can use and share with others. I’ll even give you a free copy of one of my books.

Here’s How You Can Help

I don’t have any fancy programs for you to donate directly through the blog. Besides, I want to get to know those who choose to help. If you’d like to donate, you can simply contact me in one of three ways:

  1. Email me @ danerickson@danerickson.net
  2. Contribute through PayPal here 
  3. Send your donations to Dan Erickson @ 2612 West Nob Hill Blvd. 101-144, Yakima, WA 98902

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