I was out of the office sick on Friday (yes, I was legitimately sick, on a Friday before a 3-day weekend, thank you very much), and am slowly going through my 100+ emails.
The amount of spam is out of control. Usually I just “block” the sender and move on.
But I am noticing a new trend in here.
It’s the personal requests, that are turning into guilt, that turn into anger messages painting me as rude for not responding.
Some of these requests are so bold that they are now attaching meeting requests to drop onto my Outlook calendar.
Look, I didn’t ask you to email me. I didn’t ask for information about your product or service. And, frankly, if I responded to the emails, I think a tribble cascade would begin, so I delete. I mark as spam. I move on.
I just know if I were to reply “no thanks,” they will take that as a permission to start emailing me more. Or, worse yet, calling me and leaving messages.
So here’s my dilemma.
Sometimes I actually know these companies so I can’t block them.
Some of them are well-known service and product vendors in my industry. It might even be a product I am interested in for down the road, but I can’t let on, or the tribble cascade beings and the next thing you know it is out of hand.
I don’t think the onus should be on me to have to return an unsolicited call or email. If I don’t reply, can’t you take that as a “she’s not interested” and move on?
And don’t make me feel bad for not giving you 15 minutes of my time. Because it will never be 15 minutes. You and I both know it.
I’m not looking for an answer here. I’m just venting and justifying my deleting and blocking so many emails today.