Friday, 27 April 2012

It's spring: Time to purge!

I'll admit to being elated at dumping Rogers Communications as my Internet provider, though I'm just a little worried about the effect it will have on my social and professional life.

I've had the same email -- as was pointed out by the passive aggressive Rogers agent -- since 1997 and changing providers means that my entire email history will be wiped out. So I spent the better part of this morning cutting and pasting email addresses and saving critical files, which I should have done months ago, but I didn't because I'm lazy.

One of the good things about what I do, as a magazine editor, is that I'm able to complete a magazine then toss out the photos and stories after they have been published. Being a magazine editor is a bit like being pregnant; the contents stay with you a while but eventually and gratefully, they are purged. It can be a painful process but it's very rewarding.

This means that I don't have to save a lot of what's in my inbox, so it shouldn't take me too long today. Trouble is that a lot of folks to whom I haven't spoken in a dog's age will eventually email something to me and it will end up in the cyber-in-between. They will think I have ignored them, but if they're smart they will find me on Facebook or LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Gotta love social networking. There's no such thing as anonymity anymore.

I'm thinking of changing my home phone number, too. I use my landline to do interviews and the only people who call me on it are telemarketers, bill collectors and doctors' offices looking for Nick and Shyla. Maybe it's time to purge.

It is spring after all.

Time to start anew. A new email, a new phone number and a new puppy.

And the end of tax season.

What can be better than that?

So I will go back to my deleting, organizing and saving in other files.

It's like burying Rogers Communications.

And I do that with gusto.

1 comment:

  1. Rose,

    If you have Microsoft Outlook installed on your computer, you can download all the contents of your Rogers inbox to your computer via POP3. If you don't have Outlook installed, you can download a free Email program called Mozilla Thunderbird and do the same thing.

    My suggestion would be for you to sign up for a free Gmail account and use it as your main address from now on. You will then be able to keep it and continue using it no matter how many times you switch providers. :)

    Best of luck to you!!

    - Seb.