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I Am Approaching Bankruptcy

No, not the financial kind that involves dumping the house.  If I controlled our finances, that could happen, but my husband is smart and I am smart enough to listen to him.

I am approaching email bankruptcy.  The spam is smothering me, my inbox is intimidated me and the number of unreads are unimaginable.  If I leave it unchecked for one day, it feels like the spiders in my least favorite movie, Arachnophobia (because I hate spiders), pouring out of the drain.

I have had the same personal email account for many years (too many to remember) and have used it fo silly sweepstakes, mailing lists and online shopping.  Those uses lead to a bunch of other emails I never wanted.  Unfortunately, only some of it goes into my spam folder and I am much too lazy to go in and unsubscribe to every one.

So I am considering the unthinkable – strategic default.  Walking away.  Giving up my identity and starting over.

Will I feel cleansed or lonely?  Will I miss a great sale?  Will I lose touch with someone important?

I need guidance, I need personal stories.  Have any of you gone through email bankruptcy?  Was it for the best?

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  1. May 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Yes. It certainly gets frustating to sort through tons of junk in order to find the ONE message that was personal or important.

    I wouldn’t recommend complete abandonment of that old account, though. What I’ve done is use one account for registering with other sites and things that I know will add spam to the mailbox and keep another account that I give to friends and family for messaging.

    You’ll never really have to check the junk email account much, either. Just enough to keep it active and prevent the service from closing it due to inactivity.

    My favorite webmail client is Gmail, as it has a good spam filter and good features, but I’ve used hotmail and yahoo before, too, and neither are that bad either.

    Good luck!

  2. May 11, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Good luck – I made the change. I still have my old email address [firstname] @ [firstnamelastname].com, because I’m not willing to let johnbatzer.com default – but, I’ve moved fully to gmail.

    I found that the people who I like to converse with actually appreciated the note, and the change started old conversations anew. Anybody else, well, they hear from me once a month or so when I go wading through the muck that is the old account, checking if anything important came in.

  3. May 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

    When our family switched to Verizon, my husband and I each got new email accounts. For a LONG time, we had access to our old address (which we stopped paying – but kept working) so every month or so, I’d check to see what I had received there.

    With the exception of two friends who seemed INCAPABLE of remembering that I’d switched and kept sending emails/invitations/notices to my old address, everyone else got on board.

    And the rest of my old account filled up with spam.

    So I KNEW my flaky friends would need occasional reminders from my new address and I’d also keep up with them via Facebook. It was no big deal.

    Then again, at the time, I had no blog or Twitter account or any contacts of that nature so…..mine may not be the most accurate anecdote.

    Either way, I’d say if it saves your sanity? DO it. People who really care will find you. I think. But what do I know???

    (now I will just come back and see what everyone else says 🙂

  4. Cailin
    May 11, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Try Gmail, it’s great!

  5. May 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I too recommend Gmail. Make the break!

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