Over seven years ago today I decided to start blogging about tiny houses, little did I know the journey I was starting. Back then I didn’t really know what a “blogger” was or even how to blog. Fast forward to today, seven years later, and I get to do this every day.
Since then my life is drastically different: I have built and lived in my tiny house for almost 2 years now. I’ve written two traditionally published books and 5 ebooks. I put on a conference. I have a job that I can’t believe is my everyday routine. Finally, I went on to build another company altogether. As I write all that I’m almost in disbelief that I did it all and yet very grateful too.
Looking back, this was my first post on this website: The Difference between a Tiny House Vs. an RV
A lot has changed since then. First and foremost just the sheer number of people that have become involved has exploded. When I started, I didn’t know anyone that had even heard of tiny houses. Now, it seems like everyone has. I used to know everyone involved, they all could be found on my bookmarks and their numbers in my cell phone. Today I can’t even keep up with everyone, who is who, and what new houses are coming out.
The houses themselves have started to have a broader type of aesthetic and design. There use to be only a few types of houses out there, now we have all sorts. House on average have gotten bigger and more complex too. When I first put in plumbing and a mini split, I was one of a handful; many friends had rudimentary plumbing and I didn’t know anyone with a mini split. Now people have pop-outs, AC, porches, cat walkways, hot tubs, and other elaborate setups.
Another big change is tiny houses are now more widely used as a stepping stone instead of a lifetime option. I think this is great, because it is more true to the mission: a housing that serves your own purpose, that empowers you.
I did a little digging and found out that so far I’ve written 479,849 words in total on this website alone since I started. I’ve recorded close to 7,500 minutes of podcast episodes. I’ve made videos that have been viewed for over 1.4 million minutes. The blog has been read by millions each year. I look at those numbers and I’m equal parts tired (lol) and humbled. If someone told me the day I started that anything I did was going to be seen, read or listen to by even 100,000 people, I would have said to you “get outta here.”
I think most of all I’m grateful. So thank you for joining me on this journey.