Our E-mail Addiction - 1
I don't have a BlackBerry. But when working in the home office, I'm addicted to e-mail, sometimes checking my inbox every 10 or 15 minutes.
In his PC World blog, JR Raphael implies that I may be a sicko.
The reason I check e-mail so frequently is that if a reader takes the time to write, I want to post the comment right away so this new--and potentially valuable--addition to the story content can be seen by other readers.
Otherwise, I'm ruthless with e-mail. My motto: Scan the inbox and delete. I don't save e-mails, although I do save some of their contents in a WORD filing system. If I'm flying overseas and don't get to my inbox for 24 hours, e-mail builds up, as it does overnight. But I never have more than 30 or 40 e-mails to scroll through, and 90% are instantly deleted without reading them.
If I accidentally delete an important e-mail, the sender didn't spend time on the subject line. If it's really important, it will be resent. If it's really, really important, it will be sent by certified or registered mail (signature required), or by FedEx.
How can a perfect stranger get my attention--persuade me to open an e-mail rather than delete it?
F.Y.I. Regarding E-mail Comments on a Column or Issue
1. Reader comments go to a completely different system outside of my personal e-mail, which I'm allowed to access and act on. I shouldn't miss any. I will post your comment immediately whether it's pro, con or outright angry. The only exceptions: anonymous, duplicate or potentially libelous remarks. All comments are lightly edited by me for spelling or typos. If a comment is too long (more than 1,500 characters), I sometimes run it if it makes sense, or I write the reader and ask them to do some judicious cutting to fit.