The worst has happened. We come into the office this morning and email is down. DOWN. Arrgh. Forget the bump in my day’s schedule as I’m phone tagging our IT consultant and Mail Server service. The more important issue is that I have an office full of employees who live in email. Live there.
Don’t we all these days? When email isn’t happening, we feel we’re missing vital communication. We feel as if we’ll never trust email again. It’s been unfaithful. It’s gone places it shouldn’t go. It’s shown no regard for our feelings at all.
Dirty, dastardly email. Please come home! Soon??
I’m so proud that one of the folks who reads my slush pile (submissions from unknown-to-us writers) said, “We have lost the weekend queries!” She was worried for the writers who’ve poured their hearts into a manuscript and now will think we don’t care. (Unless the over-the-weekend-disappearing-email shows up.) Then I looked at her with a clear, how-many-queries-could-that-be look. I now understand that weekend submissions are some of my highest submission days. So, if you queried over the weekend? Resubmit. Just in case.
After the emotional blow has subsided and one is resigned to living without email for a while, then you have to rearrange your day. Everyone has a rhythm of email. Some check it constantly with alerts from Outlook appearing in a small corner of the screen. Some manually retrieve email to avoid distraction and complete tasks without interruption. (Everything’s an emergency, yes?)
I’m guessing you know why I was late posting the blog today after reading this. Tell me, do you have to have email everywhere you go? The reason we know we’re missing email is that some of the folks in the office check their email on the server or via their phone over the weekends. They don’t delete it. Just look. Assess their Monday. Occasionally reply. But they KNOW how much email they have when they walk in the door Monday. So, when they didn’t see it, they were lined up outside my office. (They think I can fix anything, bless their hearts.)
Can you live without email or are you attached at the hip to your email? Fess up…how many email accounts do you have? My name is Debra and I have 4 email accounts.