There are a lot of fads in the internet community. For goal-oriented people, there are a lot of goals out there that people can latch on to.
Things like marathon training, whole30 (#2 doesn’t even know what that is. No no, don’t tell me.*), early retirement, minimalism, and on and on and on.
Sometimes taking one of these outside goals leads to self-improvement and happy changes. Often they seem to lead to unhappiness for those attempting things or guilt from those who don’t attempt them but are still part of the relevant communities.
Why do you think these things gain so much traction?
Is it because they’re great ideas and we just never thought about them before? Is it because of peer pressure– everyone else is doing it? Are we trying to fill up some void in our life? Is it something about how human beings are social and like to follow Bellwethers? A hope for quick cash from blog revenue? (paypal to grumpyrumblings at gmail, in case you were wondering, though we are now BOTH gainfully employed and do not need it as much as your favorite charity does)
*too late–it’s kind of like a Paleo diet that you do for 30 days. People who do it also tend to use the word “cleanse” a lot.**
**can you tell by the dated fads listed that this was another post pulled out of ancient drafts? I think this one was from when minimalism was going through the PF community, not its most recent iteration through lifestyle blogs.***
***had to add this footnote because Whole30 is starting to make its way through the public finance internets! They use words like “healing”. Everything old is new again… with a different internet community.