Boy, I must be really new to the Internet! Everyone keeps
talking about all the canned meat they’re getting and I’m hardly
getting fed over here.
I do get some, but I’m sure not getting fat on it. I receive a
couple of hundred or so emails a day so I’m not surprised that I
get a few offers for credit cards I don’t need and junk I’m not
going to buy.
Although I probably average only a dozen or so letters a day in
the big metal box at the end of the drive,some days more that
half of that mail is junkmail.
While I find basically none of this junkmail useful to me, the
electronic spam is much easier to deal with. I’m brand new to
email and I still know at least three ways to hit delete! And,
if need be, I can let my ISP gobble it up.
Since I live in the country and I no longer have to pay the
garbage man to haul away the paper junkmail, I don’t even resent
that as I once did. In fact, I hear that I have a neighbor who
actually solicits the stuff as he heats his house with it. An
idea, I suppose?
I can almost hear you saying “Wait a minute! You said you get
hundreds of emails a day.” Yes, indeed I do. I would say that
96% of them are from ezines that I’ve subcribed to, offers I
asked for more information about or email courses I wanted.
In my 3 months on the Internet, I’ve subscribed to over 400
ezines. Am I nuts, as an ezine editor friend of mine implied?
No, I’m out here to get information. The only way to do that is
to go to where the source is. Many ezines are wonderful sources
of a wide variety of information.
Unfortunately, I’ve found that not all ezines are entertaining
or informative. Do I read them all? Yes, I do, to a point. I use
an automatic ‘shelving’ system in Outlook Express for my ezines.
I have a folder named ‘Ezines’ and inside that I have many
When I read my first issue of an ezine, if I am instantly
totally impressed, I set up a subfolder for that ezine and a
message rule that puts every issue in that folder. I generally
eagerly read them as soon as I see I have unopened mail in that
folder. If I find later that I am not enjoying that ezine as
much, I move the whole folder to another catagory or I
unsubscribe and delete the folder.
I also have a subfolder called ‘Checking Out’. If I am not
totally enamored with the ezine, it goes into a subfolder in
that file. I have these labeled: ‘Daily’s”, ‘Weekly’s’ and
‘Monthly’s. I add the from address to the appropriate message
rule and those ezines go to their folders.
I read the ‘Checking Out’ ezines as time allows. Very often, by
the second or third issue, the ezine has graduated it its own
folder. I sort by name and read the ‘Daily’s’ more often that
the others but I do at least scan them all.
If I have received 5 or 6 issues of an ezine and it still
remains in my just looking folder, I am not very interested in
that ezine. I unsubscribe. Ezine editors might want to note
that, when they send me 4 or more ‘solos’ in a day, I am
probably only seeing one real issue of their ezine when I’m
trying to decide if I want to remain subscribed.
I have to admit that I’ve recently added a new subfolder called
‘Free Ad Subs’. Yep, you guessed it, stuff I don’t read unless
have extra time or I need an ad code. I will stay subscribed
though until I figure out a better way to market.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just too new out here to know what
canned meat is.
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