Declaring Email Bankruptcy!

Email Overload

I have been a fan of Amy at Blogging with Amy for almost as long as I've been blogging. Her advice is spot on and usually very timely.  I have learned many tips and tricks from her and this post was just too perfect for me not to share.

 I logged on this morning to over 15,000 emails! That is not a typo... 15K staring at me and I knew I had to do something!

 Like a beacon in the night, Amy's post:  Increase productivity, Unsubscribe liberally caught my eye, thanks in part to my lame attempt to corral my inbox by setting up alerts so there was a handy yellow arrow drawing my eye to it.

Thanks Gmail and Thanks Amy.

After reading her tips, I'm hoping for a streamlined inbox soon.  I am say Yes! To Email Bankruptcy!

Need some inbox help? I invite you to read:

Increase productivity. Unsubscribe liberally.

I hope you find this as helpful as I did. Do you have an inbox tip you'd like to share?

Please leave a comment here!

12/5/11: Update: I did it! I am at ZERO in my inbox! Boy, that feels Good! Go ahead, take the plunge and declare email bankruptcy too! It's liberating and Gmail rewards with this sweet note:
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  1. How in the world did you rack up 14,000 emails? Is it all junk?

    What I'd like to know is how to get unsubscribed from big corporations like Land's End. They keep sending out emails even after unsubscribing...often. Now they are forever filed in Junk mail.

    My email is under control, but the blogs I follow are definitely not. Some I should unsubscribe to but the smaller blog owners have a little bit of themselves 'cut away' each time someone pulls out of their blogs.

  2. Hi Donna,

    I hope you are feeling better!

    Every contest, online order, etc. I've entered for the last 5 years has this email address, and like you mentioned, big corps. don't make it easy to unsubscribe.

    While most of it is junk, enough emails aren't that I can't just clean sweep.... but I'm getting tempted; really, really tempted because I average 75 new emails a day so I'm just trying to keep up at this point.

    Ah, how sweet are you to not unsubscribe from us small bloggers!

    Blogging in general opens you up to a ton of emails and articles doesn't it?

  3. WOW! I thought mine was bad. Silly me put a forum on my site and within a week was getting about 50 new users a day. At first I was excited, then I realized they were spammers! Sadly, I deleted my forum yesterday. That eliminated 100's of emails right there.

    It is so easy to leave your email with big corps and then move on. I have an 11 yo daughter and she loves Justice for girls. I get an email a day from them. At this time of year those deals, coupons and announcements are poring in.

    Do you have a separate email strictly for your blogging? I found it helps a lot! I never go to my business email and find Target or Justice newsletters mixed in with Market Samurai and Think Traffic ones.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Allie,

    My daughters love Justice too! I appreciate the coupons, but they do tend to flood your inbox between the girls and Brothers for boys, which I don't have. :-)

    To bad your community didn't work out. I hear they are a really great way to increase your blogs reach and loyalty.

    I think I will follow your advice and get an email address just for my blog.

    Happy Weekend!


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