This weekend I took steps to greatly reduce my digital footprint and I can tell you that it feels terrific.
I now have only two websites online (down from four), this site and Zen-Journal.com. I will most likely fold the latter into this site going forward; For although there is an associated strength of having separate sites, I’d like to have all my stuff under one domain. After all, I’m the author of them all.
It started when I started receiving spam from my original Gmail address, an email address that I’ve had for over two decades. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to safeguard the account from hackers, I opted to delete it altogether.
After deleting it, I immediately felt lighter. I looked at the myriad number of email addresses and websites that were just lingering out in cyberspace, and I could feel their psychological pull.
I didn’t like how it felt. So I deleted three entire websites and their social media counterparts.
I could finally breathe easier knowin that I was at last leaving a lighter digital footprint in the cybersand.
There are probably some of you reading this that can’t wrap your head around having mucltiple Twitter accounts or 10 email addresses and associated Instagram accounts.
If this is you, I congratulate you for not having to experience the psychological effects or a muddled digital presence. It can be overwhelming.
Years ago when Ev Bogue was writing about living lighter, I knew I was one of those he was writing for. Years later, I’m finally getting around to deleting my duplicitous digital selves.
Are You in a Similar Predicament?
If you’re like me and have been living daily with the knowledge that there are multiple representations of you in cyperbace and you want to do something about it, here is a simple plan to living a lighter digital life:
- Make a list of all digital accounts that represent you: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
- Decide which one you want to keep the most
- Delete the rest
It’s said that Hernando Cortez, the Spanish explorer burned his ships after reaching the New World. Whether this is historical truth or myth, burning ships forces everyone to decide on a way forward.
What will your way forward be?