Friday, April 04, 2014
Confessions: I Don't Delete Email
I don't even like my email address any more. I outgrew it ages ago, but I keep it because of the old sentimentality. I know that if I start using a new address, this one will go quiet and get deleted after a while. And then I will lose stuff! Like right now, I searched for 'Dewey'. For those that don't remember her, she is the inspiration behind things like the 24-Hour Read-a-thon and passed away a few years ago. In my search I found old comments and emails. (Including an email from when I volunteered as a cheerleader for the very first Read-a-thon. See? Memories!) (I totally just got distracted reading those old comments and emails...)
I think one of the fun things about having emails going back so long is that is my entire blogging history. That means that I have friendships documented as they started. (With a couple exceptions of people I knew before blogging.) If I get really sentimental I can trace back first review copies, old emails from authors, etc. And then there are all the emails from old friends mixed in. It kind of represents my life for the last 9 years.
Now, none of this is why I originally didn't delete emails. It just sort of happened... And, now I am kind of glad that I was lazy about it! (It's probably a lot that I love getting letters which this is just a new version of doing. I safe my letters, so why not save my emails!)
What are your thoughts on emails?