Email bankruptcy

Every so often you realise a clear out is in order.

When I realised yesterday there were a thousand items in my Gmail inbox, I decided I had to do something.

So I started at the bottom of it, and started clearing and filing. I’m about halfway through it. In the process I found some emails that I had meant to answer or otherwise action, but never did — some from 3-4 years ago.

I’m declaring email bankruptcy on my Gmail account.

Apart from one or two, I’m not replying to any of them now. I have actioned a few things though. So finally, as was suggested by Chris in early 2005, that photo I took in 2004 of the mural in Yarraville has been added to the Trugo article in Wikipedia.

If you emailed me ages ago, expecting a reply, and never got one, I can only apologise. I read every email I get (well, apart from the obvious spam), and I do intend to reply when it’s needed, but sometimes things move so fast that replies get left behind.

For future reference, if you hear nothing within a week or so, give me a gentle reminder. I’ll do my best.

Thankfully my other email boxes aren’t in such a state. Well, not much.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

2 replies on “Email bankruptcy”

Oh I’d totally agree about the email bankruptcy idea. Someone with a busy life with so many things to juggle just can’t keep up with email at times. I sometimes sit and just purge my regular email for a 1/2 hr.. It gets so full of the ones that I don’t press delete upon reading it. The ones I want to keep Thunderbird files for me under the category/folder. I use Inbox for “not expected but get anyways” emails.

Not to worry. If it was important they’ll remind, I’m sure.

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