Observant visitors may have noticed the new little addition to my sidebar about my "Current Clutter Crisis." Folks, I am drowning in Chile Chews email messages. I wish I could say these were wonderful personal emails written to me by loads of dear Internet friends, but I can't. My clutter is the result of the double-edged sword that is email subscription to blog comments.
I love blogs that offer this option. We all have limited time and I suspect many of us like to visit more blogs than we really have time to keep up with. When I leave a comment somewhere, I like to know if the blogger responds or if someone else has interesting comments. Being able to check a little box that then sends their comments straight to my email saves me the mental anguish of trying to remember which blog had that really great post where I left a question and really want to know the answer. This way, it eventually magically appears in my inbox.
And there it stays. For days, weeks, months. Of course, I'll have the time later to go back and read it, maybe jot down the information, or even leave a 'thank you'. Yes, of course, tomorrow all time will be suspended and I can finally get totally caught up on everything.
Nope. The emails sit there, moving down the page, gathering friends and racking up the total count at the bottom of the screen. I knew this was happening but I kept pushing it out of my mind when I logged into my email. When the count passed 5,000, though, I knew I had to face down this monster and take back control of my inbox.
Yesterday, I ruthlessly deleted over a thousand emails in the morning. It was easy. I just deleted everything I had left anywhere. Now comes the hard part. Going through the comments from other people. There are links in some of them I want to bookmark. Recipes in others I want to keep. Reminders to go check for the latest happenings on their blogs.
It's that last part that's doing me in. To work my way through the remaining several thousand emails, I'm reorganizing them by which blog they came from. Then I go visit the blog to catch up. (I've been so busy that I am waaay behind on reading most blogs I enjoy.) Of course, I end up leaving comments to which I also subscribe and then receive more emails as a result. So, my desire to clean out the file is getting hi-jacked by my desire to see what wonderful things others are doing.
Is there hope? I'm not sure. My goal is to have that inbox under 1,000 by the end of the month. 'Course my goal months ago was to get to my ideal weight by the end of this year and that sure ain't happenin', even if I did manage to shed 3.5 pounds this last week. (Yay for vertigo killing the appetite!) See, I've gotten side-tracked again. This is why I can't seem to finish these long drawn-out projects anymore. This is why I like canning. You start and generally finish in the same day. It may be a long day, but it's not going to take weeks or months to accomplish.