Email Hell… I’m Drowning In It and It’s My Own Fault


I’m on a crochet and crafting break right now. Like many viewers, they don’t craft all the time. They need to step away from the hook to recharge and refocus. That’s where I am right now.

I have a saying that I love...

“Without Traction, There’s No Reaction!”

What this means to me is that if I sit back… cry the blues how bad my life sucks, put minimal effort into anything. Only apply a certain portion of effort and then throw my hands up and say “screw it”, than I haven’t done my traction part to expect reaction.

In other words… if I never email friends, never phone friends, never volunteer anywhere, but just sit on my couch and watch day time television all day… then I can’t expect anything positive to happen. Nor should I expect my phone or email to be busy.

Your effort and trying is the traction… and from those specific actions… REACTION comes from your effort. Many people who volunteer get that even though they may have never thought of it.

So how does this relate to EMAIL and ME… When Mikeyssmail was created I was getting a mental excitement on seeing the following:

YOU TUBE EMAILS AND NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Some one subscribes to me… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW as an EMAIL to let me know.
  • Someone makes a comment… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW.
  • Someone wants to be a friend… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW.

FACEBOOK EMAILS AND NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Wanna be my friend… EMAILS ME.
  • Comments… EMAILS ME
  • Pictures… EMAILS ME
  • Videos… EMAILS ME
  • Application and Games

Facebook Fan Page

I kept my Facebook out of the MIKEYSSMAIL realm for a long time until I realized how to make a Fan Page… from that… viewers started joining and that was great. A few viewers each week, like to extend beyond the Facebook Fan Page and become a personal friend of mine. What viewers don’t realize is that I barely use my Private Facebook… there’s nothing there that is of interest, nor updated photos or anything. I am using Facebook for the Fan Page Site.

What I never thought of is how many viewers use Farmeville or many other games. I was waking up to Farmville Hell… people wanting to do something with their cow… planting, building, and so forth. My email inbox was being pounded down with all these application invitations and status updates. I did get so tired of it, because bogging my email down with that makes for sorting the good from the bad and I spend more time deleting and moving around then I do answering. I learned how to block applications and be more selective on what I get.

I deleted over 8000+ emails last week. This week was another 1400 emails.

BEING SELECTIVE

So in the beginning… I was getting just  a few email maybe 20 per day and loving it…

Now I get about 1400 emails per week, about 200 emails per day. Most of which is non useful information that I could get rid of.

This morning I woke up to 254 Emails… Where do I start… top to bottom like usual.

I learned how to simply my notifications from YOU TUBE. I turned off most of the notications such as adding friendships, subscription updates and many more. I am on YOU TUBE everyday and always looking at account information that I naturally catch the friendship requests and more.

I find YOU TUBE EMAIL INBOX the most unfriendly beast ever. When viewers email me… when I go to answer… it doesn’t carry forward the email that was sent that I am answering…  So if a viewer emails me back saying “I don’t get it… can you explain more!” I have no idea what people are talking about because it doesn’t show me what I said or what has been said throughout the email interactions. So usually the 2nd email from a viewer gets unanswered because I have no idea what I have said to give more clarity. I’m not that gifted to have a photographic memory.

To make matters worse and this is where my fault is… I have 5 email addresses I am maintain. They are linked to one email source that I use to see everything. This includes the emails that my volunteers and I see. Last week… we started the volunteers back up again and I am in email freak’n hell! Some reason… my programming is messed up…

My emails are coming to me in triplicate! So if a viewer comments to a video… I am getting the same email three times… Facebook same comment times 3. Regular email … Times 3.

Somewhere and I think I know where the problem is… Because of shared email privileges and accesses… I have programmed myself to get all my emails 3 times. My own oversight has caused a week from email hell to come about.

To make matters worse for myself. All entries for the Knitting Kit that I am giving away come in by the way of EMAIL… Each and everyone of them… Those are triplicating themselves… The 500+ entries so far have tripled in my email to 1500! However, where they are going is right… but I have some setting down so that it’s coming to my MASSIVE EMAIL CENTRE SPOT three times.

I feel extremely bad that I am so bad with emails… I tend not to be… but I’ve got help now. My volunteers and I are sorting through. Items that don’t require a comment in return are deleted. Some that require my personal attention are left in a special spot for me and where my volunteers can answer, they are doing it.

I’m hopefully going to solve this issue fast! I know I need to… I feel like I am drowning!

Michael



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About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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