When I first started The Deletist, 150 postings ago, I had no idea what would happen or where it would take me. One day in May 2013, while setting up my business, I had a strong feeling that I needed a blog. Of course it could’ve just been the (ahem) beers talking, but I listened to my instincts and immediately switched tracks to get the blog going.
Right from the beginning I established three house rules which have served me well. It’s a bit amazing to me I’ve managed to adhere to them for so long. For this week’s special posting, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorites.
The Deletist started with an innocent, exploratory posting on “Multi-step Deletions” wondering why we save so much and delete so little. It formed the foundation of my Deletion category. Another favorite is “A Tale of 19 Pillowcases.” While purging my linens one day I was baffled to discover I had an odd number of pillowcases and a large amount of them. Yet another gem is “Musings from an Organized Minimalist.” I’m definitely not a full minimalist yet, but I keep trying.
I kept the momentum going in 2014 and started two series called “Human Archives” and “Digital Dilemma” while continuing to expand on existing categories. “Human Archives” explores memories I have based solely on how I’ve retained them in my memory or body. My most recent posting for this series, and a favorite, is “Dad’s Faulkners.”
“Digital Dilemma” focuses on new scenarios and challenges we face due to our reliance on technology and the impact this has on us. I post a lot to this series, but two that I still enjoy are “The Creative Process” and “When Smartphones Make us Dumb.”
And finally, my strong aversion to zombies continually inspires me to incorporate them into my annual Halloween postings: “Social Media & Zombies” (and “Social Media & Vampires“) and the four-part “Technombie” series.
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Coming soon, a Q&A section where you can ask The Deletist about your biggest purging challenges.