Just as I speed through emails all too often and thus miss an important one here and there, likewise I falter in best emailing practices by never deleting any emails so that they just pile up and clutter.
So this morning I began deleting emails. Over 1060 emails since last March, which I don’t need and this is just between to of my email addresses, two of nine emails (though another two of those nine are de facto defunct; others linger mostly out of casting aside the task of moving all of the accounts for this and that that have been registered using on email to another). Further organization of my email situation goes onto my to-do list, certainly. Should I cast aside everything else I wanted to do this morning and tend to that first? Tempting, if only to get it out of the way.
Found email from Reddit verifying new account but having gotten a taste of Reddit I choose not to support their approach towards how they draw in their users—if your comments don’t get up-voted and you thus do not get enough “Reddit karma” you’re excluded from conversations and severely limited in those you can contribute to. This does not make any sense to me.
Most of these emails I receive are nothing more than advertisements asking for my money.
Almost none of them ever appear to me worth the read which makes me think from two different perspectives: in a world where we all want money, marketing can be quite the grind, and I almost feel bad for all the junk mail I delete but one just can’t do it all and much of it, so far as a brief scan of the subject is concerned, is neither a need nor a want of mine. What did I mistakenly click on Reddit to get sent all these emails of various threads I’m not even part of? The New York Times keeps emailing me asking for my money but I already have a subscription and gave a gift subscription. Do they think I want to give them to the world? Well, maybe the reasoning is that they who review subscriber account info see I do value them enough to continue paying my subscription AND I have given a gift subscription, but maybe I’d want to thus give a little more? I get emails here and there from Bluehost, some which do capture my attention as they claim to offer tips on blogger success. I do imagine that businesses like WordPress and Bluehost actually have an interest in the success of their users. If I pay to use WordPress and fail and thus want to stop paying, they lose money. If they can genuinely help me advance and make a profit of my WordPress usage, I may want not only to continue spending my money on them, I may want to spend more as to add on more sophistication to my blog. I hypothesize that there is a potentially symbiotic relationship with certain services one pays for, especially if those services may amount in both parties increasing profits. Then again, as one person once told me, “never underestimate stupid.” Let’s see… I also get emails maybe once a week or twice a week? Informing me of expired domain names, maybe with the implied question as to whether I’d like to pay to revive them. Academia.edu bombards me with emails, multiple times a day I think.
One email down to 35 and another (they’re interlinked now) reduced to 45.
That was from 1060 plus. I’ll save the other emails to clean up for another day. A little at a time, right?
I spent quite a bit of time yesterday on my diary blog home page. From roughly 9 am or so until roughly 5 pm, with a lunch break and a few walks with Yago in between. A full day’s work. Feels good in that sense, paid or unpaid though of course one wishes one’s creative work could bring timely profit. But I’m working on it!
I’ve gained a better understanding of Elementor “sections” or you know literal “designable spaces” and how they can be stretched to the left or right, pushed up or down. But I’m still struggling with use of turning “sections” into literal columns and manipulating/controlling the size of those “columns.” For example, if you happen to catch my home page today (and I’ll attach a picture here:
It does please my eyes somewhat until I’m stuck with all this dead blue space….open space, not dead space per se. I may try and fill it with a you hyperlinks? But if I could have stretched the blog section/column so that it consisted of a single column it would look, in my opinion, even better..
Thought this might help but did not:
This one (below) is more like it.
How about this video?
Spoke too soon (which I do all too much) regarding the Oooh Boi video… new remake
… it occurred to me while watching Oooh Boi that I was confusing sections and columns and that NEW sections can be made, moved around, and replace old sections, or “flexbox containers”
And so… I made a new section, chose the full-width, single column layout and dropped/dragged the blog posts widget into to section. I feel less ignorant! Ah!
My new notebook came in: 19 X 25 cm turquoise, soft cover, ruled Moleskine notebook! I’ll be using this notebook specifically for blog development notes. I wanted turquoise so it could sort of match the blog color palette.
And now, to the blog page and the about/intro page development…
Will perhaps write a bit more tomorrow; most of today’s work was on the supplementary content…