I’m a Physical Minimalist but a Digital Hoarder

The Autumn Film  |  The Ship and the Sea  |  CD Release Party  |   March 5, 2010-15

I only own a few things (15 at the time of writing that post, now up to 60 if you include a record player and accessories I’m about to give away).  Physical things that is.  Digitally, if you were to look at my life, I am nothing short of a compulsive hoarder.

It is all hidden of course.  You would never know of my 10 GB of email (I’ve never deleted even one since 2004).  My photos?  They live in three places online.  My social graph is a mess.  I post similar things to redundant social networks.  At first guess, I have over 200 GB of data online.

It is ok, I’ll just blog about it on one of the 122 domains I own.

People seem to be fascinated with the physical minimalism project.  Digital Hoarding doesn’t seem to be much of a problem though… it is just accepted the amount of stuff you can have (NYTimes Bits covered this earlier this year).

Is there a ‘so what?’  I don’t think there really is.  We can have a ton of stuff online and it doesn’t *really* matter.  Or is hoarding in your mind, and it doesn’t matter if it is physical or digital, the act of excess will impact your life in some way or another eventually.

This post was backed up in two places before posting.

I have a 99GB problem but accepting it ain’t one.

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