Imagine a cartoon hamster. She’s running on her little hamster wheel, whiskers flailing with effort, and then the wheel starts going faster and faster, because she’s not the one making it turn; and then finally it starts going so fast that it flings our poor little hamster off into space.
That’s me and e-mail, right now.
Something like half a dozen times over the last couple of months, I’ve put out a herculean effort and gotten my two inboxes down to a state of near-manageability. Just when I think I’ve got the problem licked, though, twenty new messages come through and I start getting swamped under again. And so the cycle goes.
A large part of the issue, I’ve come to realize, is blog comments — which get e-mailed to me — and that puts me in a bind. See, I like posting here on LJ, and over at SF Novelists. I especially like posting stuff that generates actual discussion. But then I get a minor flood of comments, and they’re comments with substance in them, that deserve substantive responses; so they sit around waiting for me to have brain enough and time to deal with them, and next thing I know my inbox is stuffed again. Which makes me feel guilty, because a lively back-and-forth is a pretty important ingredient for a lively blog, and I want the latter but am having trouble wrangling the former.
(And in the grand scheme of things, my problems on this front are tiny. I do not have the readership of some people I could name, much less the kudzu comment threads.)
This is not a problem with a simple solution, and I’m not expecting anybody to hand me one. But I thought it was worth at least acknowledging the situation, so you’ll understand what’s going on when I say: I’m sorry for not having responded to stuff, and I’ll try to get to some of it (but may not get to all of it) as soon as I can.