Unsubscribe To The Ezines You Don’t Read

by Anne Wayman

If you’re like I am, you subscribe to ezines and other notifications that end up unread in your email inbox. Or maybe read once and a while. Or on some mental list headed ‘round tuit.

Over time, your inbox gets every more full. And as it fills the guilt builds. Oh, this isn’t major guilt, but a minor niggle. The trouble with minor niggles is, as they collect, sap energy and creativity.

At least a couple of times  a year, maybe even quarterly, go through your email and unsubscribe to those ezines and notices you don’t read, even if you’d really like to read them someday.

As a newsletter writer I don’t worry when someone unsubscribes. The truth is, my list is now big enough so I don’t notice. I know people change directions and interests, just like I do. If it’s okay for me to unsubscribe from newsletters, it’s got to be okay for you to do the same.

Take a few minutes, maybe even right now, and unsubscribe like mad. You can always re-subscribe later if you get more time. Delete the unread copies. Reclaim your inbox. I suspect you’ll be delighted.

Slacker Manager has a decent article that may help called: 5 Rules to Avoiding Email Overload

How do you manage your email? Any hints or questions?

Write well and often,

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admin January 13, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Lindsay, I recognize the thinking… but a newsletter over time will make you money.

Tom, excellent idea, sorting your ezines that way. My newsletter service (http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/2008/12/do-writers-need-an-auto-responder/) let’s me track click throughs which gives me some idea of what’s going on.

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Tom Lindstrom January 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

Hi Anne, excellent post.I´m a member of many online newsletters and ezines.I took a free Gmail-account that I sign up with for these.Everyone with a blog are now realizing the benefits of having their own newsletter. Many people sign up just for the freebies they get, and then forget to unsubscribe.

Tom Lindstrom’s last blog post..Earning Money With Assembly Work At Home

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Lindsay January 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

It took me a long time to convince myself to start a newsletter for my site, because I tend to unsubscribe from… all of them. :P

I guess I’m not my own target audience, heh.

But then I don’t subscribe to blog feeds either. I really try to focus on the tasks that can actually earn me money, and I prefer to get my ideas from books rather than anything online (a habit I picked up when I was having a lot of trouble with RSI and surfing the web was painful).

Lindsay’s last blog post..Review of Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind Program

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ruthibelle January 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Nice blog. I just found it, but I like your content. Will follow…

And I need to take that advice cause my email is just overloaded with all kindsa ezines I never read….

ruthibelle’s last blog post..Blog Open Notice 2009

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