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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.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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