Thoreau wisely counseled simplicity and I have always found inspiration and freedom in reducing. Lately, I've been applying this to my online life as well. Thoreau deserves some credit for this inspiration but two other books also deserve mention.
The first is the newest book from Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Titled Think Like a Freak they offer some useful insights into thinking and a particularly interesting final chapter titled "The Upside of Quitting." There's a time to keep going and persevere and there's a time to quit.
The other book is Greg McKeown's book Essentialism. In it he outlines how to reduce your commitments so you can focus on what is truly essential. In light of these useful insights I have decided to reduce my online footprint drastically in the following ways. I mention this in the hopes of perhaps inspiring others who may be over-committed online and are looking for a way out.
I have cancelled my accounts at the following websites:
Music X Ray
Taking it Global
Zero Tuition College
New Age Piano
You can gather from this extensive list that I have been long overdue for some online simplifying!
I have also reduced the number of follows I have on Twitter and am cutting back on this blog and will only be posting once a week (on Mondays).
While I've always been a minimalist I think emphasizing "essentialism" is a great addition to the minimalist mindset. For me, most of what I am doing online is not essential to my happiness or success in life.
For those (few?) who still desire to see me have an online presence don't fret! I'm still active to some extent on the following platforms though I will only be doing "essential" activities on them: