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Thursday, January 7, 2016

MY LOVE (ACTUALLY HATE) RELATIONSHIP WITH EMAIL

I have a confession to make. I have gotten to the point where I hate email so much that I avoid it like the plague. 

I miss snail mail. I can remember how exciting it was when I was in boarding school to go down to the mail box every day to see if  I had any letters. I was disappointed many days, but oh how exciting it was on the days when I saw something waiting for me. 

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I can still remember the feeling of looking through that little window and seeing a letter. I could hardly wait to turn those dials with my combination.

These days, mail just isn't exciting. People don't send letters anymore, and as I said, I hate opening my email accounts. In fact, it has gotten so bad I haven't looked at my Gmail account in weeks. 

As I wrote in my last post, my goal is to turn to a more simple way of living. No, that doesn't mean you now have to send me letters only through the USPS. What it does mean is that I don't need the stress of all of the emails I receive everyday. 

I don't know what your email account looks like, but mine is cluttered up with things I never read. It seems that if you subscribe to one thing you are suddenly inundated with a thousand other things. UGH!!!

By the time I go through and delete all of the emails I don't want I am too tired to read the emails I do want. Or sometimes I miss important emails. 

What's a girl to do?

Well, what I am doing is gradually going through my emails and UNSUBSCRIBING from all of the emails I don't want. I am finding that it is a long and arduous task and some of the emails don't have a way to unsubscribe. Those are getting moved to the SPAM folder. 

If you find that I have unsubscribed from your blog email list, it doesn't mean that I am no longer reading your blog posts or that I no longer love you. It just means I am using different ways to read your wonderful blogs. I still have a blog roll on my sidebar. That is generally what I use to follow along with your blogs and I use the blog rolls on other blogs to find new blogs to read.

When I first got email I loved it. I want to feel that way again. I want to be able to find your emails when you write to me. I love those emails. 

I think this simplifying life project is going to work out really well.

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16 comments:

  1. I unsubscribe smartly, as soon as I realise I'm no longer READing that one.
    Very little email in my box. I moderate my blog comments - so that comes thru.

    Simple is good!

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    1. I will try to be smarter about it from now on and unsubscribe on a regular basis.

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  2. I've been working on this for days. An arduous process for sure! I have been writing letters to my grandchildren. And slipping a piece of wrapped chocolate inside the envelope.
    Brenda

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    1. We have to be better about this in the future, Brenda. I love that you are writing letters and sending chocolate to your grandchildren.

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  3. I do an 'unsubscribe' of emails on a regular basis. I find I don't want all that in my inbox. I love email as a way to keep in touch with my family and friends.

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    1. I am definitely going to be more diligent about unsubscribing. I text with my family and Facebook with family and friends.

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  4. I hear you about email. BRING BACK SNAIL MAIL!! People don't even send invites through the USPS any more. So depressing. Have a great weekend, dear Laura!!

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    1. IF anyone sends me an invite through email it is probably lost in an email abyss. I miss snail mail too. :)

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  5. I refuse [sadly] to send snail mail...wait don't get all upset..ours is expensive, and takes wayyy to long to get there when it actually makes it. I'm so unimpressed with Canada Post I have refused to send a letter since they hiked the rates a few years ago. I am not going to support the overpaid lazy indulgent corporation that is gouging us Canadians.

    That said, I love my email, but am very firm with it...I report as spam anyone who sends me unsolicited emails, or hides their unsubscribe button. Gmail is amazing in how it lets you sort things out...one for business, one for personal...

    And all of those blogging newsletters I subscribed to? If all they do is try to sell me something which it seems is all they exist for, I'm out of there. I didn't sign up to be sold a product, a online course, I signed up to read your blog...

    One email at a time I'm changing my inbox...one email at a time.

    Oh and Laura...LOL...I just sent you a email...[laughing].

    Jen

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  6. I think we're all in the same boat!! I've been trying to unsubscribe to many also - it's super irritating how you sign up for one thing and next thing your inbox is swamped! Good luck, Laura!!

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    1. I hate how they sell your email address to other people. Such an invasion of privacy GRRRR!!!

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  7. Laura,
    What is going on with the surge of emails? I just know that I am getting emails from places I have not even heard of!!
    I am with you, I LOVED getting mail and in the "good Old Days, my Mom and I would write each other twice a week...miss it so much!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Maybe we are becoming dinosaurs. My grandchildren never send anything my snail mail. Fortunately there is Facetime.

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  8. I love email, but only for correspondence. Me and some friends actually write long, chatty emails to each other - much like snail mail letters used to be! Like you, I have unsubbed from a lot of promotional emails. I keep a separate email address for store emails where I get coupons.

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    1. That's a good idea, Melanie. Once I get rid of all the unwanted emails, and believe me the more I delete the more seem to pop up, I am going to rethink the whole process.

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