What keeps you from working more effectively? Perhaps it's time to toss out some of the stuff and the time wasters that keep you from getting your work done on time. The suggestions I'm going to make will be applicable to writing and blogging, but they would be just as applicable on the job or at home. And since I sometimes feel like the King of Clutter, the Dean of Disorder, the Maestro of Messiness, and the Sultan of Workstation Salmagundi I am talking to myself as much as anyone else. Today I'm back to my E-mail box.
In a previous post I discussed the problem of accumulated e-mail. Last month I went from a high email count of 1825 new emails to a low of 12 new emails. This was achieved through deletions and dispersal into files. I have been faithfully keeping this system while deleting and consolidating files as I have time. However, an old problem has resurfaced to throw a monkey wrench in the workings of the e-mail box. So here I am back over the 200 new email mark.
Now it's time to raise the old Shakespearian question first raised by Hamlet. "To Blogfest or not to Blogfest?" Just in time for this long weekend two blog events converged to bring about the perfect email storm. First there was KarenG's BBQ: a lot of you got suckered into this one and most of you probably added a lot more than the 20 new followers that I added. Sorry I couldn't resist joining in and I found several cool new blogs and several bloggers found Tossing It Out.
Then on top of that, there was the Trifecta staged by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Elana Johnson, and Jennifer Daiker which coincided with my related blog post of yesterday which meant more comments on my site and more blogs for me to investigate. As a consequence of all this I was inundated with hundreds--maybe thousands--of emails that I could barely screen and delete fast enough over the course of this extended weekend. Is it madness? Or is it just part of the blog growing and maintenance that all of us were talking about and striving for. Yes to all of the above.
At some point the Blog events have to be curtailed or tossed out. This said after having signed up for Alex's Top Ten TV Show Blogfest. Just one more! I swear it can become an addiction, but its a quick fix for getting more followers. In the future I may have to just close my eyes to all the blog fun and focus on doing what I need to do to control all of the E-stuff like festing, visiting, and trying to find new blogs. Perhaps lie fallow for a while and see how that works.
Did you participate in any of the above events this past weekend? How many followers did you add? Does being a part of a blog event play havoc with your time? What are your favorite blog events that you like to join in on?
If you missed any of the above events and would like to try to gain some followers, check out the above links and check out the comment sections of each blog.