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hello reader,

thanks for being a part of becoming minimalist. over the past four months, we have experienced fantastic growth (traffic has risen nearly 5X), our reader count has exploded, we have released an e-book, and have become active on twitter and facebook.

and today, we are excited to announce our first spin-off blog: substance over stuff.

substance over stuff is a tumblr blog dedicated to the promotion of the invaluable things in life rather than the accumulation of physical belongings. it will feature inspiring quotes, short stories, web links, and artwork.

why a spin-off blog?

there are three reasons for the new site:

  1. we have a passion to reach as many people as possible with the inspiring freedom of a simple lifestyle that focuses on substance rather than stuff. we believe that a new tumblr blog dedicated to these values will extend our reach.
  2. as we have become more connected with the minimalism/simplicity niche on the web, we have been encouraged by the valuable content that is being produced. substance over stuff will be our opportunity to share those works with you.
  3. we have found tumblr to be a simple way to spread great content and inspiration. as we do our research, we often run across inspiring information. unfortunately, not everything we find can be displayed on this site. tumblr is a simple way to pass along what has inspired us.

will anything change on becoming minimalist?

no. we are committed to providing you with the same quality content as we do today. becoming minimalist will remain our sole platform for original writing/content. substance over stuff is not meant to replace becoming minimalist; it is meant to complement it.

where can i get the new site?

you can visit the webpage directly at substance over stuff. or better yet, subscribe to the rss feed.

how can i get my friends to the new site?

  • you can tweet the new site to your followers.
  • you can share it on facebook.
  • you can follow us on tumblr.
  • you can e-mail the web address to your friends.

no matter what you choose, we thank you.

is it up and running yet?

yes. we have been posting to substance over stuff for the past couple weeks so that you could get a good flavor for its content. we think you are going to like it.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. Christine says

    I think the new site is fantastic! I love the inspirational quotes and am excited to keep reading!

    I have a quote that I love, from a favorite book of mine called “The Primrose Way” by Jackie French Koller. It reminds me so much of the type of material that you are posting on your site. I use it in my email signature :o)

    “There are two ways to be rich:
    One is by acquiring much,
    and the other is by desiring little.”

  2. Sad says

    @ Joshua Becker – While that’s not the reason, I have to admit that your response made me laugh. Among other things, I share ideas of money management and financial responsibility to young people. I doubt anyone would challenge the positive ideas of minimalism, especially non-consumerism, espoused on your page(s) or others. It just so happens, I have now learned, that some “Personal Web Sites” categories are blocked. There block is based on tumblr, itself, as there may be other things within that framework that some may find objectionable or, of greater concern, inappropriate.

  3. CD says

    @christine, joshua becker – Those quotes reminds me of this one (my signature):

    “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

    But, no matter how you say it… it’s a great idea!

    • di says

      In comparison, over time, these articles have become the opposite. What ever happened to minimalism? Is this blog going to assume a new title?

  4. says


    I can hardly believe that my first post on my new blog was picked up by you on Substance over Stuff within a couple of hours of being written. I am so honored. You are the reason why I started this blog – and this journey. You inspired me to examine my life and inspire others to do the same. I hope I can contribute in a meaningful way. Many thanks!


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