Buried in e-mail

Ever since I started blogging 15 months ago, I had always wondered if this day would come, if my blog would ever become popular enough for this day to come, something that was hard to imagine back when I was averaging less than 50 visits a day to this blog.

Finally it has.

I can no longer respond to everyone’s e-mails. It just isn’t feasible anymore.

The volume has just gotten to the point where it takes too much time, and, over the last week, as I fell farther and farther behind, I decided that I have to rethink my practice with regard to e-mail on this blog or risk being buried. It was starting to seriously cut into the time I carefully aside to write for this blog just trying to keep up with responding to everyone’s e-mail. The same thing goes for my diving into the comments. When I have time, I’ll try to respond to everyone and respond to a lot of the comments or criticisms in the comments, but when I don’t have time, I won’t. For those of you who may have tried to e-mail me over the last couple of weeks and didn’t get a response, now you know the reason.

That doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to read all the e-mails, nor does it mean that I won’t still read every comment. However, I can no longer continue to torture myself trying to respond to everyone, just to what I have time to respond to. It’s nothing personal, and I thought a long time about this before making this decision. (In fact, I wrote this several days ago and only now decided to post it.) It’s necessary to keep my sanity. If it’s something that you consider really important and I don’t respond to your e-mails, try again.

Thanks for your continued support, and I hope you understand. I actually wrote this post two weeks ago, but sat on it because I couldn’t make up my mind whether to post this.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

It also occurs to me now that, given the dust-up that happened over at Tara’s blog over comments, I really should put in wriiting a more formal comment policy. Look for that sometime in the next week or two.