Netiquette specifically forbids the use of typing in all caps. It also forbids the use of highly-annoying contrasting colors on pages that are meant to be read. Though I have seen these both happening rather prevalently on personal websites (and on very few commercial websites and eBay listings), I have hope in my heart that the evolution of the internet is far from hitting its paragon.
Back in 1994, when I created my first website, animated gifs and the < blink> tag were all the rage. One will still see the animated gifs once in a while, but they tend to be more subdued and practical now. Indeed, I wasn’t immune to the flashiness of the times, and my very-long-single-page site was a linkfest of virtues and loves. Geocities (née Beverly Hills Internet – yes, I remember those days) and < blink> tags have all gone the way of the buffalo; the word of the day is minimalism.
Being minimalist has never been easy for me. A born pack rat, I loved filling every corner of my personal, private, on online lives with stuff. Getting older (and wiser, I hope) has led me to believe that this constant filling has no actual purpose, and I just need to stop. Alas, everyone knows that old habits are hard to break.
Ben and I were cleaning out our collective wardrobes, getting rid of items not worn, things that were too big, too small, had stains, holes, and the like yesterday. I realized that eventually everyone must take stock in what is expendable and what is too valuable to destroy (or simply give away). I had a pair of linen pants in a drawer that I purchased back in 1998 and promptly tore a large hole in, thanks to my piece-of-shit car (RIP). I figured that I would sew the hole up, and when trying to do so, I realized that linen doesn’t sew very well. I put the pants away, thinking that I would patch or fix them somehow, as they were an expensive variety of pants, and I didn’t want to waste the money.
Sometimes you just have to let go.
So in the give-away pile they went, along with the other too-big clothing that I have no use for and other holy garments.
Minimalist it is.