Digital Hoarding and Archives

If you are like me I have created thousands of documents, pictures, videos and the like over the years. So many of the files I have stored are 10 years or more old. Something in me can’t get rid of these items, call it being sentimental. There are those who would call it hording but this isn’t about them now. It’s good to hold on to things like tax records, receipts, pictures, personal emails and business items. After awhile purging these items can be helpful for organizational purposes. Old grocery lists, dated notes, old bills and the like can be deleted.

It would take me days to go through all my stuff so I have chosen to have everything created from a certain point be archives and put in folders so I can at least search for them.

Today I deleted some old WordPress blogs I don’t use anymore. I exported them to an archival blog for future use and then deleted what I had just exported. There are some blogger blogs I need to do this to as well. Sometimes its good to reduce your digital footprint so that you are more secure and better organized.

Services like Google Drive, Dropbox and the like can help you store your information in the cloud as you also store them on an external hard drive or flash drive (called a belt and suspenders way of storage).

No matter how you store your documents be sure you use good passwords and up-to-date browsers and apps to manage your files. You can never be too safe.

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Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

4 thoughts on “Digital Hoarding and Archives”

  1. I use an iPad all the time now, so much easier than my laptop that has Windows on it. I’ve been typing for years but now the one finger method suits me. I have those sentimental documents also, poems, letters, files, pictures. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t taken everything off the laptop and sold it, or given it away to a grandchild. Why not? I can’t answer, it’s like “by me”now. Maybe I fear I’ll lose the information or creativity stored on it.

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  2. Welcome to the club lol. Creating folders and subfolders helps. I do the same with my emails. And the good part is, all this doesn’t take physical space except on the hard drive.


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