I’ve recently been going through my Inbox, deleting and unsubscribing from various news feeds. Why?
Because while I like having news delivered to me, I hate it when I get an email from a news organization that contains not news but something that, if followed to its intended conclusion, will involve money leaving my bank account for someone else’s.
The org that triggered this one was either Washington Times or Patriots4Truth (can’t be bothered to look up which, as I nuked both), which initially promised good things but soon degenerated into spam delivery services. The WT actually has sent me some interesting reports, but the spam : content ratio is hopelessly overcome by the former. So: tchuss.
And FFS: if I do subscribe to your feed, and you send me a link to a serious article, could you at least do away with the need to log into your poxy site when I get there? You called me at my email address. (Which is why I seldom read much at the otherwise-decent Epoch Times.)
And by the way, all those people who want to pay me money to publish articles on this website? Fuck off.
In the first place, I don’t do guest posts, ever. In the second, in only a very few instances are the organizations ones that I would even be remotely interested in supporting (by linking to their articles or websites).
A good example was one which said something like, “We LOVE your website, and especially [link to a post about travel] ! We’d love to publish an article which feeds off that post, as we suspect that your readers are pretty much the same as ours! And we’ll pay you $50!”
Right: considering that I equate going on a cruise liner to some Mexican port with being strapped into a dentist’s chair for ten days… I don’t think so, Scooter. And the online casino sites…? Give me strength.
Now, I don’t even bother opening their bullshit letters. I see them in the Inbox, and delete them unread. Then I’ll get a “follow-up” letter which is also ignored. (If a third letter then comes in, I respond with vitriol, foul language and ALLCAPS.)
My email activity is nowhere close to what it used to be in Ye Olde Blogginge Days (around 400-500 emails from Readers daily back then), but it’s still pretty high (thankee for all the kind words, btw, and keep ’em coming because I love to hear from y’all). But I have to delete around a hundred bullshit emails a day, which bugs me only because it takes time to answer the genuine correspondence — which is why it sometimes takes me ages to respond, and why sometimes a letter will fall through the cracks, so to speak, mistakenly deleted and collateral damage in my irritated frenzy of spam deletion. So write away, guys.
All the rest can FOAD.