It’s my birthday, and I’m giving myself a present. No, not a Longstreth style beard. Email
escape amnesty. After looking at the thousands of piled up emails, Facebook requests and so on, I’m going to start fresh. Yes yes, there are some urgent emails regarding advertising, internships, and previews that I am tagging for future actions, but the big backlog is going to the great archive on the cloud. I’ve been plugging away, GTD-style, on rerouting all my garbage email from mailing lists I once signed up to in an ill-advised moment, to filters and other addresses. So if there’s something super important you need to contact me about, the new, freshly resurfaced inbox should be adequate to get immediate attention.
Although managing the electronic avalanche isn’t my forte, I will say I’ve had good success refashioning my RSS feeds, syncing everything up and getting rid of dead and useless feeds. With things slowing down for the holidays I’m feeling pretty good about this, so please don’t harsh my mellow.
And thanks for the hundreds and hundreds of birthday wishes on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere. You guys are the best, and this move is going to give me a chance to send more birthday wishes in return.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.