I don’t know how many of you write blogs and/or make your direct email address available to the masses. I do both, and there is something about the combination of providing a lot of readily available advice and being readily available myself that makes me a magnet for emails from strangers.
I decided to catalogue these emails for a week. I thought it might provide an interesting glimpse into our industry, and I reckon I’m right. Keeping in mind that these are only the emails I received from people I hadn’t heard from before, and there is some overlap, this is the breakdown:
And my favourite emails of all…
I treat a lot of these as spam and just don’t answer. I do answer all of the thank yous, the good questions, and the ones that give any indication that they’ve done even some basic homework before contacting me. And for my favourites – the success stories – I do a little dance around my office before congratulating them on their hard work.
Despite all of the depressingly old-school or plain, flat lazy contacts I still get, my inbox is changing. I get more and more of the positive emails – the ones that indicate a move toward best practice, and every time I get one of those, it feels like a win for the good guys .
So, keep the emails coming – I promise I read every one of them! The email is [email protected].
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