It’s time to declare email bankruptcy. If you have sent me an email please know that I will read it, but I will probably not be able to respond.
Even though I spend a little time doing email daily, I never have time to get through it all, and a backlog has been building for a while. I’m now at the point where I have almost 500 “need to reply” emails in my inbox, none of it spam. It didn’t take much math to realize that, considering the fact that new emails keep flooding in daily, there’s no way I am ever going to be able to reply to all of them.
I’ve always made an effort to reply to all emails, especially those that come from this blog. I absolutely love hearing from readers — seriously, you guys send me the most interesting, touching, thought-provoking stuff! — and wish that I could spend hours in detailed correspondence with every single person who’s ever emailed me. But unfortunately God has only given us 24 hours in a day, and unless he finally answers my repeated prayers to institute a 50-hour day so that I can actually get some things done around here, there’s just no way I can keep up with all the email I receive.
Whew! It’s brought me immense relief to finally admit that I can’t keep up with it all — email has been a surprisingly big source of stress in my life for quite a while now. Thank you for understanding!
Also, if anyone else shares my pain or is otherwise interested in this topic, here are some links I came across while Googling around about this subject:
* It’s all lies! LIES! OK, I’m just bitter that it didn’t work for me, though the deficiency is undoubtedly with me and not these methods.