Inbox Boredom

glamour MaliaOnce upon a time, not so very long ago, I would write e-mails the way I used to write letters and mail them with a stamp. Long, rambling prose about what was happening in my life. And I would, in return, get similar e-mails from friends and family. I used to look forward to checking my e-mail just like I used to look forward to checking my mail box. But nowadays, my e-mail inbox is just as uninspiring and junk filled as my mail box. About the only thing I have to get excited about is an e-mail notifying me of a comment on a blog post. So, it would probably help the state of my inbox if I actually posted a litte more often, right?

I pondered the phenomenon and I wondered if possibly blogging has killed the correspondence e-mail. Which of course begs the question, if I’ve supposedly used blogging to replace e-mail then why haven’t I been blogging or even more heinous, why I am not reading blogs? More pondering and I wonder if Facebook and Twitter are slowly killing blogging? Because seriously? It’s so much easier to peruse status updates and 140 character or less tweets than read rambling blog posts.

But that doesn’t solve my inbox dilemma. I want e-mail to be fun again. I want to open my inbox and see an e-mail waiting for me that doesn’t have anything to do with work or school or Girl Scouts or church or work or any of the other myriad of things that show up in my inbox on a daily basis.

And maybe, just like with blogging and such, in order to get fun, quirky, interesting e-mail one must send it out first. If you get a weird, off-topic, random e-mail from me, you’ll know why.


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5 responses to “Inbox Boredom

  1. That’s one reason I quit Twitter–so I would stop automatically processing my thoughts into 140-character soundbites.

    I’ve written about this before, too–how I used to send long emails to my friends about all kinds of thoughts I was having. I really don’t think many of them appreciated it :). Thus, I blog.

    But…I’d be more than happy to get a weird, off-topic, random email… 🙂

  2. I used to send MASS emails of the long-winded variety. I’m sure my friends loved me. Did I ever burden you with any of those? Blogging put an end to that, and I think it’s a good thing. But then I get to where I don’t do that, either. But you know that.


    And then I realize I have relied far too heavily on the e-world to keep me from feeling isolated. Thoughts?

  3. I miss those long newsie emails (sent and received). I don’t both to write them because most of those people read my blog. But the communication is largely 1 sided now because those people don’t blog so I don’t get to hear about their lives. Makes me feel like I’m talking to myself. And it makes for weird phone conversations because as soon as I start to tell them something they say “Oh yeah, I read about that on your blog”.

  4. Malia

    Holly – I’ll add you to my “enjoys random e-mails” list! (seriously)

    Clarissa – I do recall getting e-mails from you but they were never, ever a burden! And yes, you should blog more, as should I!

    Michelle – I agree, the conversation can get a little one sided. What I have enjoyed about FB is getting a glimpse into the lives of friends and family who do not keep blogs. So, that’s helped…a little!

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