digital minimalism

note: this is a modification of a post i originally wrote for my personal blog –

I go through these phases where I feel like I need to eliminate all of my worldly possessions + live as minimally as I can. Then I think about how much I love having a car, reading actual books, why I truly need two computers plus the IBM that I don’t consider to be a computer… and quickly realize that I am never going to successfully live out of a suitcase. But that’s ok, because I don’t have to. Although I do think simplicity + minimalism have their appeal, I’m just learning to define it for myself.

When I realized that I could simplify my digital life without taking a single box to Goodwill, I felt the ground shift beneath me. I have 6 twitter accounts (not including the ones that I admin for clients), 4 installations of WordPress on my server (and that’s after I cleaned up a bit) + at least 2 inboxes open at any given moment during the day. No wonder I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled and spread thin.

I recently sat down with a notebook and pen – take that digital chaos! – and wrote a list of all my social network accounts. Once I had the entire list in front of me, I got super motivated to change my account creating ways. A few minutes later, a digital purging plan was born. {dramatic music}

That saying “you have to make a mess to clean a mess” seems like my current motto. My first item of business was to quit tumblr entirely since I decided that 1 blogging platform was enough. Instead of clicking “delete” and moving on, I felt like I had to migrate all of my 693 posts from my tumblr account to this blog. Unfortunately, none of them had names since you don’t title posts in tumblr. Which means that I’ve spent a chunk of time each night naming old blog posts like a crazy person.

In the meantime, I’ve started merging my two pinterest accounts. Basically I am spending chunks of time repinning things to the account that I want to use going forward. Because again, I just can’t click “delete” and let all of that great content disappear. (Digital minimalism my ass!)

Thankfully twitter was easy + already taken care of. I scrolled through the accounts I follow on my retired accounts + followed the ones I like the most with my business twitter handle. I did also get inspired to unfollow some current accounts that weren’t rocking my world. See, I’m not a lost cause after all.

Once every part of my evil plan is done, I’ll have gone from 15 social network accounts to 5. Sometimes I feel like a cat lady on an episode of hoarders bargaining for the right to keep “just 5 of them,” but I can’t see cold turkey working for me. It doesn’t when I try to quit drinking soda or eating oreos. I’d like to think I’ll be blown away by the amount of time I have to create that inspiration will swoop in and help me pare it down to 3 accounts.

Honestly though, just typing that made my heart beat a bit faster.
Signs of an addict.

If you want to go through this “detox” with me, post below with the social network you’re going to minimize first.