I’m finding it difficult to jump in after being offline for so long. How does this work again?
We had a great time in Wisconsin and I have stories to tell. Cows, fireworks and the airport! Not all at the same time. Those are three separate stories. Course now that I’m imagining all three at the same time the real stories pale in comparison. Bummer.
This isn’t a real post. This is one of those interim posts I write to get me from not writing to actually writing. I’m mostly practicing typing right now.
Oh wait! But I DO have a rant after cleaning out my email today.
This is what it is like for me to return to online-land after a vacation:
I have a few minutes to open my computer and check my email. I am going to be so productive and catch up in no time!
Then the emails start to load. And continue to load:
There are 668 of them. Honestly, not too bad. I mean, it is sorta bad. But at least it isn’t over 1000 again.
And don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the number of emails. I’m fortunate that this many people want to email me about stuff. And I got many lovely, friendly emails from many of you and those are NOT the ones I’m talking about. Blah, blah, blah
I’m only talking about one particular type of email that I received.
This is how the email starts:
“Amber, I’m a huge fan of your blog…”
Not bad, right? They included my name and they said a nice thing. Then it continues with:
“Will you do this thing for me?”
Again, not so bad. People ask me to do things for them all the time. Can you post about my product? Can you share my blog post? Can you guest post for me? Can I guest post for you? Can you help me get traffic to my blog? Can you tell me how you got published? Can you tell me what your favorite cloth diapers are? Can you help me find a particular blog post of yours? Can you tell me who your agent is? Can you tell me the meaning of life?
No big deal, nothing wrong with people asking for stuff. I usually reply, but sometimes I don’t.
The annoying thing is what happens next.
Despite the auto-responser I had on my account (telling people I was on vacation and wouldn’t be responding to emails) this email arrived a few days later from the same person:
“I haven’t heard from you, just wondering if you are interested in doing this thing for me? I saw from your last email that you are on vacation but I’m sure you are checking emails on your phone and a quick reply is all I need. Thanks!”
And a few days after that I received another one:
“I still haven’t heard from you, but just wondering one last time if you’ll do this thing for me?”
And just yesterday, one more:
“I’m pretty sure you are back now so I’m not sure why I haven’t heard from you. Will you do this thing for me?”
And my reply to them was just one word…
PS – If you received an email reply that said anything other than the single word, “No” then I’m not talking about you. If you received an email reply that only said, “No” then I am talking about you. Please look up the word ‘annoying’ in a dictionary. And perhaps ‘vacation’ as well.
Now that I’ve practiced typing, I’ll be back another day with a real post about something. I don’t know what it will be about. But it will be about something. Which is better than nothing. Maybe even cows or fireworks or airports. Who knows.