Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Inbox


Image from Flickr.  Inbox, originally uploaded by Jeetster.

11, 601 emails in my Inbox. Some are SPAM. Some are from friends. A few are updates on items I've ordered online. Most are from blogs. I always click to have new comments sent to my email. I like to see when people reply to my comments and I don't want to miss any comments people leave on my blog.

Sometimes I stalk your comments. I follow the link to the commenter's own blog and leave a few of my own. I could spend hours doing this. Half the fun of blogging is reading and commenting on everyone else's posts. Sometimes they return the visit or even become a new follower. Am I the only one who gets excited every time that number increases by one or two? I probably found 90% of my followers this way (or helped them find me).

So, I've been spending some time today trying to clean up my inbox. The problem is, every time that I leave a comment and click that subscribe box, I generate more emails. Now I've got 11, 650 emails in my inbox. Maybe it's time to set up a separate account for blogging...

23 comments:

sage said...

wow, that's a lot of emails... I keep a blog roll of those blogs I read most often and don't bother to have updates sent to my box. I do sometimes come back to check on responses, but not all the time, mainly if I have written something I consider clever.

That picture looks like someone's taxes!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I have a separate email for the blog. So if I get behind, I delete them all and start over.

And yes, wandering through blogville is a lot of the fun of it.

Brian Miller said...

oh my....thats a lot of email...i think my inbox would just pass out...lol. yeah i love commenting as well...its where the interaction happens.

Heather said...

That is the way I have it set up. gmail account for blogging and yahoo account for family and friends. I have 70 in mine and they have been there a while. I just never seem to have the time.

A Lady's Life said...

Wow thats a big pile on your desk. Hope its not all work lol
Oh ya hearing what people say is always nice,
Even if they don't like something.Being able to say what you feel and think is also a great plus because you are having fun doing it.

Jen said...

@sage: Ugh! That reminds me...I have to send a check to Uncle Sam tomorrow.

@Pseudonymous High School Teacher: That's my project for tomorrow - setting up a new account. I can't delete everything from this one because it's got stuff from friends and family mixed in.

@Brian Miller: Without the comments I might as well stuff a notebook under my mattress.

@Heather: Gmail is one of the free ones, right? Or are they all free now?

Jen said...

@A Lady's Life: Without comments I'm just talking to myself. All comments are welcome, even if they don't agree with me, as long as they are not deliberately hurtful.

Teri said...

Jen, Thanks for commenting on my blog. I find yours interesting. I love the one about "the idiot" not controlling your life and get the mail. Good one! I have a gmail account. It is free, as is Blogspot. I think some people that have Typepad have to pay. I do like the comments. It makes it fun to see that what you are thinking/writing about is relevant in some way to others. Nice to meet you btw.

Sara Louise said...

I've got a separate email for my blog. It makes life easier. Because I too, like to read the comments after my comments. Don't want to miss anything good!

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow you are one popular lady! It's always a great feeling to get a new follower. It's like someone saying "Hey I'm a fan. I like you."

Tempo said...

How are you ever going to get through all those? I start freaking if I have more than 50 or so...I'm thinking youre in the land of 'accidental' deletion.

Poppy said...

That's a good idea. I have a separate e-mail for everything that's not serious business. :) And I like getting new comments and followers too, lately I don't get many of them. :(

buffalodick said...

When mine hits 200, I go through and delete old ones...keeps it under control...

Tammy said...

I have a gmail account especially for blogging and other rss feeds. I love it when I get a new follower, too!

Jen said...

@Teri: Thanks for returning the visit. You read all the way back to that post? Wow. Thank you.

@Sara Louise and Tammy: So do I now. Signed up for gmail this morning.

@LL Cool Joe: Followers who comment are even better.

@Tempo: At this point I'm not even going to bother pretending it's an accident.

@Poppy: That's just because you've been busy with schoolwork and haven't been blogging as much. My numbers don't go up when I'm on a break, either.

@buffalodick: 200 a day is normal for me. I was used to sorting through twice that many at work. Most do get deleted out of necessity.

Vince said...

Do you not think that Follower is a bit seventiesish, having that vague taint of flared pants and blindingly Gay jackets that can morph at the drop of a hat into the Gandhi garb of the Sub-Continent.
Anyhooos, congrats on the traffic

Jen said...

@Vince: So you're not going to drink the Kool-Aid???

ρομπερτ said...

Dear Jen, hope everything is fine with you.
What an interesting site you do call you own. Living about 3,000 miles away from home, e-mails are one way to make distance shrink and longing disappear, however mostly there aren´t more then five or seven to read.
Wishing you a wonderful Friday.

daily athens

barefoot navigation

Unknown Mami said...

I have a separate account for blogging, but it gets forwarded to a "blog" folder in my main account. It's nice not to have them mixed in with all the "regular" emails.

And you are not the only one that gets excited when the follower number increases.

ЯANdOM ЯAWR ◊ said...

I find most of my followers that way, too! But like you said: It's fun.
You should create a new email account for your blog, and only your blog.

xx Blaize.

Jen said...

@barefoot: I hope it's ok to call you that. I don't think I have the right characters on my keyboard for the other possibility. 3000 miles is a long way from home! I hope you are meeting new people that can ease some of the loneliness.

@Unknown Mami: I couldn't figure out how to forward them automatically. It would have been nice because then I could just empty that folder when it got too full.

@Blaize: I don't know how to do backwards R's, so I'm using the name you signed at the end. Did it this morning. Not only are they in a separate inbox now, but gmail sends one message per post with all the new comments, instead of a message for each comment. That alone is a huge improvement.

gayle said...

That's a great idea..........think I will try to figure out how to do it!! I am so far behind!!

Jen said...

@gayle: I'm very happy I did. It makes things much easier.

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