Email & me: Is there a future for this relationship?

Posted by Jenise Fryatt on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 @ 02:26 PM

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Email, after years of neglect, I'm starting to rethink my relationship with you. I'm seeing you less and less.  Why, you ask? I'm finding that those needs are generally being met with less hassle on my social media sites. When I check in on Facebook or LinkedIn, I'm notified if I have any mail there. I get email at each site less than 5 times a week and RARELY do I have to deal with spam.

Oh, you know I've tried.  I still hear complaints from friends who say I never respond to them because they're emailing me at one of my abandoned  email accounts.  I currently have four regular email accounts, FOUR! Yes, we've been down this road before, haven't we? And you're right, this only proves that I will do anything to avoid confrontation. Nevertheless, the time has finally come.

At first you always seem engaging and attractive. But inevitably you become engorged with remnants of my faded interests; ie political action committees, internet marketers, favorite shopping sites. You've become that alcoholic friend who only calls when he wants something. Not a pretty sight.

I know I should have addressed this long ago, but I'm doing it now. Slowly but surely, I've been unsubscribing and deleting the spam in all of your accounts.  Does this mean I'm ready to spark up the old romance? I'll admit it. You look pretty good all cleaned up and ready to go.  But, no. I'm over you, email. I'm done with the drama and stress of visiting an overflowing inbox of unopened emails all with special offers, promo codes and poetry wishing me a wonderful day if I only forward this message to 10 friends. 

Things have to change. I'm considering all options.  I know I need to have some kind of regular email account for now, but that doesn't mean I have to keep taking all of your crap. For support, I'll be reaching out to my friends who have gone through the same thing.  Sorry email, but the thrill is gone.

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