First off, I have to apologize for posting this week’s Blogger behind the Blog series a day late. I had a prior commitment yesterday, so the series got postponed one day. Normally, the series will run every Wednesday.
As my blog grows, I am learning a lot along the way, but I realized a long time ago that to have friends in the blogger world is a really important part of being a blogger. It helps to talk to someone who understands your “world” as a blogger. I have not personally talked to all of these ladies, but I consider them my blogging friends. I look up to each of them. I appreciate their opinions, and their time is VERY valuable. I know how much work it is to be a blogger, and I want you all to know how amazing these ladies are to agree to be part of a weekly series for 10 weeks in a row. I am very grateful.
If you are checking out this series for the first time today, you should check out the first two weeks of blogging tips.
Week 1: How do you grow your blog?
Week 2: How do you keep up with your amazing blogs?
How do you handle all the e-mails that come to you each day.
Marion from Miss Mustard Seed
One of the things I love most about having a blog is connecting with other women, so I am very attentive to my e-mail inbox. I have my blog comments e-mailed there as well and I do my best to answer questions and respond to comments. Some days it gets overwhelming and I think, “I can’t keep doing this.” But, I can hardly stand the thought of just deleting them or not looking at them at all, so I am going to respond to them until I absolutely can’t anymore. Now, don’t go sending me a bunch of e-mail just because I said that!
Email – the blessing and the curse. As a blogger, you get a ton of emails in your inbox. Everyday you wade through comments, offers, junk mail, questions and overall bloggy related questions. It can get overwhelming. For me personally, I am actually really anal about my email. I try my very hardest to have less than 20 emails left in my inbox every evening. If I have more than that I am very overwhelmed and feel stressed. I try to have the mantra never put off till tomorrow what I can do today. If the email requires more than I care to type I sometimes utilize the voice recorder option on my computer and then attach the file to the email. People are surprised to actually get my voice recording and, for me, it communicates better than email. If an email requires a response then I do respond. If it is an offer I don’t feel good about I thank them for thinking of me but politely decline. I think it is really important for future advertising options to always answer them even if it isn’t a fit. You never now when it might fit or they may have another offer. Don’t just delete those…learn the fine art of a polite, “no thank you,” it will pay off in the long run. I also have email on my smart phone. That helps to attack my inbox when I am waiting in the carpool line or doctor’s office as well. I set aside time every morning and evening for email and always will sporadically look at it during the day. I think the important thing is to have a plan for your email. Set aside a little time each day to take care of your inbox and it won’t overtake you.
Love your guts
Donna from Funky Junk
Can you spell GUILT? I answer questions first and after that, I do what I can. If we’re talking about email notifications from blog posts, I’ll address every comment with some posts, but other times it’s hit and miss due to family priorities. To make up for it, I encourage Facebook and Twitter interactions which are AWESOME communication tools.
Checking my e-mails is definitely a on-going task. Usually the first thing I do when I open my e-mail is go through and delete anything that looks spammy, newsletters, etc. I do try really hard to respond to every e-mail that comes in as an advertising inquiry or a reader with a question. A lot of times I’ll get mass e-mails and I tend to skip over those ones. I feel like if someone is taking the time to e-mail me personally, I will e-mail them back. Readers e-mails are by FAR my favorite e-mails to get… and you better believe I have a folder for “happy” e-mails to go back and read when a “not-so-happy” e-mail or comment comes through. The best advice I can give is to keep on top of your e-mail. Make folders and organize your e-mails as they come in. I made the mistake of not doing this for the first year and now I have thousands of unorganized e-mails. That’s my two cents… I’m definitely not perfect, but if I can get my e-mail to a big fat ZERO before bed at night… I sleep a whole lot better!
Tauni, a communications professional from Snap.
- Delete it
- Do it
- Delegate it
- Defer it
Next week’s question:
How do you make money blogging?
Stay tuned every Wednesday for more Blogging 101 discussions!