I will get to those email issues in a moment, but first:
This is the third week of the new publishing schedule at Time Goes By – Monday, Wednesday, Friday instead of Monday through Friday. Saturday (Interesting Stuff) and Sunday (Elder Music from Peter Tibbles) remain unchanged.
For more than 10 years, I've written or, occasionally, arranged for posts to be written by other people, 365 days a year. That's plenty of time to settle into a habit and even petrify it.
Now, cutting that schedule by close to 30 percent is a dramatic increase in the amount of personal, unstructured time I have. You might even compare it to retirement or, better, going from full-time work to part time.
Routine is a powerful force and a sudden change to it is disruptive, even mildly disorienting.
So far, in two-and-a-half weeks, I've read three or four books I wouldn't have done before haviing this “extra” time. But most of all, instead of anything new, I've spread out everything else I regularly do – chores and pleasures alike - slowed it all down and done a lot more pottering about.
You know the old saying: Pottering increases to fill the time allotted.
Perhaps this experience is comparable to that of newly retired people. I didn't go through that because by the time I realized, after a layoff, that I'd never be hired again, I had already been writing this blog every day for a year.
There was hardly a blip in my routine from a full-time salaried job to a full-time unpaid job. My brain was equally engaged and I still had (self-imposed) deadlines so I didn't notice much change except that my commute was dramatically shorter.
So this is the first time in retirement that I have faced unstructured time. I have no concern about using it. I have enough interests and curiosities to fill up my days ten times over. I mention it because it is a novelty for me and it's kind of fun watching what I do with myself during this period.
However, those two extra days are not yet entirely mine which brings me to the email issues.
After a period of consideration and research, three or four weeks ago I gave up my old email program, the one I had used for more than a decade, for a new one.
I had given the change serious thought over several weeks, learned all the particulars of moving my settings, addresses and storage, etc. and spent the greater part of a day making it happen. Before a week had passed, I realized I'd made a terrible mistake.
The details are too tedious to relate and not important. Basically, I didn't like using the new program. The upshot is that after spending another several hours restoring the settings of the old program, my email went to hell.
A large percentage of it has stopped arriving. When it does arrive, some is in duplicate, triplicate and even quadruplicate. Others arrive hours, even a day late. There is no pattern. Among the missing emails are subscriptions, personal friends, monthly bills (eek) and blog comments.
The company that hosts my two blogs allows me to have each comment emailed to me. That way I don't need to constantly check the site to read what you guys are saying while I'm doing other things on my computer.
Now, only some of those arrive and as with all other kinds of email, almost nothing is delivered from overnight. In the past, there easily were 100 to 150 new emails when I signed on each morning.
I've been working with my domain registrar to fix the problem but so far, nothing has been found that is amiss. Work continues.
The most vexing problem for me is not knowing what I am missing. In relation to TGB, in addition to comments, what questions have readers asked? Are there suggestions for Interesting Stuff not getting through? What about suggestions for blog topics? If you have emailed me in the past two weeks or so with either my main email address or via the “Contact” page on the blog, it may or may not have gotten to me.
So I am asking for your help that might aid in fixing the problem. If you have emailed something in the past two weeks or so that needs a response and not received one, please let me know.
To do this so I actually receive your emails, I have created a temporary web-based account to use instead of the “Contact” page or my main email. Here is that temporary email address:
(In case you don't know how to use that configuration, replace [at] with the @ sign and [dot] with a period.)
Inflicting my tech problems on blog readers is not my idea of a good use of this space but until this is sorted out, some unknown number of people are not receiving answers from me. Plus, I'll never know how I might really use this new time I've carved out for myself until email is working again.
Remember, I need to hear from you only if you have emailed recently without receiving an answer.
Thank you in advance for your help. I appreciate it.
Meanwhile, you might also have something to say about going from full-time work to all that open time after retirement.