Posted by Jamie Brazil
In a mad dash search for a lost manuscript yesterday I stared down the closet in my office. It’s daunting. Printers are stacked on paper, stacked on boxes of manuscripts, piled upon books. There are cushions for patio chairs jammed in there along with empty boxes, Christmas decorations, electronics, journals, a 1980s Dolphin phone, and some winter coats I haven’t worn in a while.
That’s when I realized the closet is symbolic of how messy my life has become.
Four years ago I struggled to leap into an online presence, build a brand. I signed up for anything and everything that I thought might give me an edge and help me sell books. What it gave me was clutter. Online and in real life.
My resolution for 2015 is to streamline my cyber-footprint to something much smaller. I’m seeking a new online version of me: everything an author should have in her warchest, but not the labor-intensive have-it-all and be-everything-to everyone campaigns of more successful authors I (unsuccessfully) tried to emulate.
Frankly, I can’t even TRY to be that person anymore because my ambitions and aspirations have changed. So I’ve already begun the great downsizing of 2015.
The Facebook fan page? Gone! Subscriptions to anything I haven’t read in the last six months? Gone. Goodbye Groupon and Instagram. And who has time for Klout anymore anyway? That’s just the start. I’m changing all my passwords, consolidating my multiple email accounts, and paring down my website again.
I want LESS this year. Less clutter, fewer time sucks, and no distractions from the things that are most important to me. But am I cutting myself off from everything I’ve worked to build over four years?
I’m making room for new opportunities in 2015. And while I’m at it, I will conquer the office closet by the time summer arrives. I mean, I can live without the extra winter coats, but I will need those buried patio chair cushions by the time the first flowers of spring are in bloom, right?