post of last Tuesday, the picture showed my email box at 1825 new emails. When the post actually appeared on Tuesday, the count was hovering in the plus 1900 range while my daughters were visiting and I was not attending to my mail as much as normal. Now that everyone has left, I spent a few days attacking my mailbox and as of this writing I am at 1150 and working downward.
I have deleted many emails, but taking the advice of many of you, most of the removed emails have merely been subcatagorized into files which I will tackle later after I have gotten my new mail folder into a more manageable state. The 1150 remaining "new" emails will continue to be either deleted immediately or placed into other files to be dealt with later. The files that I have started with are mostly what I would deem of a "professional" nature having to do with writing, blogging, or other interests. They are shown in the picture below:
In today's post I am going to break down each of these files for you the reader. Perhaps you will be familiar with some of these and give me your experience with them and how valuable they are to you. Some of the sites may be new to you and something you will find valuable for your own use. They are all sites that I have found to be interesting, but have for the most part saved most of the posts for future reading. The problem now is that there are so many emails that I wonder if they are worth going back to. Here are the "professional" sites I have relegated to individual files:
Writer's Digest -- This site is affiliated with my subscription to the magazine of the same name. I get regular emails from them with some links to articles that are sometimes interesting. They may be the same articles that are in the magazine. The biggest problem is that I've been getting this magazine for several years, but I usually don't read it. Likewise, I usually don't read the emails. They do regularly send specials for books they publish and sometimes I order those. Maybe someday I'll read those books. Writer's Digest also sponsors several writing contests throughout the year that look like they could be good. Do any of you subscribe to Writer's Digest? Do you get the emails? Have you entered any of their contests? Ordered any of their books? Anything you'd like to comment on about Writer's Digest?
Genreality -- I'm not sure how I heard about this blog but I've been subscribed to it for nearly as long as I've been actively blogging. It is a blog for writers and it often has some interesting posts. However, I have not read many of them and have been saving most of them unread since last November. If any of you also subscribe to this one, do you find it very useful? Is there anything you can tell us about this blog?
Funny Things -- This is a generic file that I've started for jokes and other humor. This consists mostly of emails that friends and relatives have sent to me. I'm sure you get many of these types of emails. I usually just delete after reading, but there have been some that I decided to save just in case I wanted to use them later. I'll probably find many others in my "new email" file that will get transferred here and ultimately I will probably delete most or all of them.
Pro Blogger Blog Tips --- Here's another site that I don't know how I found it, but I can probably thank one of you for leading me to this one. It is of course a site about blogging--how to make your blog better, how to make money at blogging, and so on. The articles they send look very interesting and very helpful. The site is one of those you could probably spend hours on, but they would probably be hours well spent. I will probably peruse all of these saved articles and explore the site in the future. Have any of you used this site at all? Has it helped you?
Opening Bell -- This is a newsletter for teachers sent out by the National Education Association. I'm not a teacher, but my wife is. She was getting these newsletters but didn't really care about them. I redirected them to my address. They sometimes have some interesting articles about the U.S. education system and I have on occasion referred to some of them for blog stories. And I just like to read about the subject. I have probably read and deleted more of these than anything I receive, but I have still saved a hundred or so unread. Any teachers out there who receive this newsletter? Do you find any value in it?
Allmusic New Release Newsletter -- You already may be aware that I am a big music lover. I found out about this site on a music discussion group. I was checking it out regularly before my active blogging began. Now I sometimes just save it for later. Periodically they send this newsletter about new CD releases. Not that I buy that many CDs these days, but I learn about new artists and re-releases of favorite old albums that maybe I'll want to get someday. This site is merely an indulgence of one of my hobbies. Anyone get these newsletters or use the Allmusic site?
Those are the sites I've sorted out so far. Now I've got many more emails to continue to sort through and delete or put into files. I have started to make a dent in this and I am getting it organized. I'll keep you updated. Please continue to give me your thoughts and helpful suggestions.