I love it. I love trying to answer all of it, even if it takes me a week or two to reply. That’s about the rate I usually run, unless you catch me on a good day (which is rare!) and I reply sooner.
What I do not love is typing out a 10-minute response, sending it, and then getting a nasty message back from somewhere in the world that says the e-mail address I sent to doesn’t exist. This most often happens when people are sending me e-mail via their Web browser. Which is fine. But you MUST properly type in your e-mail address to your Web browser, or else I and everyone else cannot reply to you (or spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out your correct e-mail address).
How do you make sure you have the right e-mail address in your Web browser? Simply send e-mail to yourself first and make sure you received it okay and can reply to it okay before sending other e-mail. The number of invalid e-mail addresses I get nowadays is almost 30% of all those who write to me!
Do it now, if you’re unsure. You’ll help me and a lot of other people out a great deal.
I also seem to get a lot of requests for general information lately, or people looking for things without any sign that they even tried to find it themselves first. My FAQ gives a lot of good tips and hints on where to find information, both on-line and in the real world. I really like answering questions when I see people have made a sincere effort to first try and find the information on their own. I dislike answering questions when it’s clear to me no such effort has been made.
I talk about a lot of things in my editorials, some of which may be highly irrelevant, and some of which may be important enough to save. I started saving my editorial ramblings beginning in 1996 and will soon place them on-line for you to peruse through if you have the time and feel like you missed something. I try and make the headlines somewhat descriptive, so all you need to do is to take a quick glance to figure out if something is worth your time or not. It was silly of me not to begin doing this sooner, just an oversight on my part.
I have launched three new mailing lists which address drastically different issues, but which I wanted to mention here. They are: