I think I have e-mail OCD. I can somehow catalog e-mails and then mentally check them off when they’re responded to. I still remember an e-mail I sent to a dear friend about three years ago that was never responded to.
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I know, this is a very silly post, but bear with me. What are the rules of e-mail? If an e-mail is not responded to in a few days, do you call and say “did you get my e-mail?” or do you just let it go? I mean, stuff gets sent to spam and some e-mails disappear in cyber space all of the time. And if it was THAT important, an e-mail probably shouldn’t have been sent in place of a phone call in the first place, right? (says the lady who told her brother she was having another baby by email…haha! oops)
I mean, honestly, I’m not asking for a novel in return. I just want my questions answered and to know that you did, in fact, receive my e-mail. Even a “sorry, I don’t have time to respond to your useless banter” is better than ignoring it all together. *sigh*
And yes, I am a nerd discussing this on my blog. I know. Again…. *sigh*
So I’m just wondering what you do. Do you avoid e-mails in the first place? Do you write a follow up e-mail or place a follow up phone call? Or do you just let it go?
(Oh, if I have failed to respond to one of your e-mails, I’ll tell you, I DO want a follow up e-mail saying “look, you didn’t e-mail back!!”)