October 16th


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Richmond Shreve and Marguerite Chandler


We are Updating

When I complain about getting too much mail, I'm really griping that I can't easily find the stuff I really want to see in the clutter of all the low-priority "nice-but-not-necessary" email. It's not really junk, but I probably won't find time to read most of it. Do you have this problem? We thought we'd give you the chance to ensure that we don't contribute to it.  At the same time, I want to share a couple of tricks that have helped me personally.

Choose your Newsletter(s)

This Friday we leave on a two week trip to Atlanta, Jonesboro (Storytelling Fest) and then New England. We'll be publishing travel blogs about our experiences.

You will get only newsletters from us of the general type you choose. If you want the new ones about this September/October trip, sign up. Interested? Click the Edit your subscription link at the foot of this page, or of any future newsletter.

Too busy? Don't hesitate to opt-out. At any time you can visit our website (rbshreve.com)  and see what you missed -- we archive each of them after we distribute them. You can sign up again any time if you unsubscribe and change your mind.  

It's not unfriendly or rude. In fact one of our big reasons for using a newsletter is to give our friends that choice.

You can read more about our newsletters on the "About our Newsletter" page of the site, or you can just sample a few and then decide. If you choose to subscribe, check your "junk" folder and add "newsletter@rbshreve.com" to your safe sender list.

It can be a conversation. We'd really like that. Just hit reply, and send us a private note, or leave a public comment on the website.

Effortlessly Organize Your eMail - A Nifty Trick

I have a lot of subscriptions (NY Times, WP, etc.), and various vendors send me flyers.  All of it used to swamp my one email inbox. I had used MS Outlook to sort it by setting up complicated sorting rules.  But each new sender required a new rule  and I soon fell behind.

Then I got smart. I had a disused email account (rbshreve2@hotmail.com) and I began using that whenever I subscribed to anything and also whenever I ordered stuff online.  It was easy to automatically route everything from that mailbox to a new special folder in Outlook. But even if you use an online webmail site, having separate logins for personal and bulk is easy. When bulk mail arrives at my primary correspondence box, I unsubscribe; or when I actually want it, I resubscribe with the other email address.

Now I don't have the clutter of 20 to 30 low priority subscription items hiding the important stuff; yet all my subscriptions are still there if and when I wish to read them.  I ask my friends to use the Hotmail address when they cc me along with a bunch of others.

Here is another secret that I probably shouldn't share: Many email programs have a filter that allows you to screen emails sent to more than one recipient. Use that filter to move 'em to the spam folder. 

Oh yes, another tip, Hotmail has a filter that checks to see if the sender is in your Hotmail address book. Use that to separate the mail sent by those you know, and those you don't -- the stuff from strangers is held in the spam folder and all that sorting happens on the Hotmail computers, not yours.

With tricks like these you can tame the flood with ease and avoid most of the mailbox housekeeping chores. Don't have two email accounts? -- open a free one at gmail.com or yahoo.com.