One of my favorite parts about blogging is also the part I struggle with the most: comments. I love them, I live for them, and appreciate every single one of them. But, I'm SO terrible at letting the email notifications of them pile up in my inbox and getting beyond overwhelming. Until one day, I came across a random blogging article somewhere on Pinterest (I can't even find it anymore, it was so long ago) that changed everything for me. So here it is:
Touch it once.
This phrase can have a whole lot of different meanings behind it, but for me it means touching every email only one time. What I was doing in the past was opening up an email, reading it, closing it, organizing it into the proper folder 'comments' or 'sponsors', and then marking it as unread so I would remember to come back to it later.
That was such a waste of time! All that I really needed to be doing was touching each email once, and then acting on it. So as soon as I open the email, I'm going to respond to it. And if I don't have the time to respond to it that second, I don't open it and leave it for when I do.
It's really hard for me to not be distracted by the emails rolling in while I'm doing other blog related things, so it's helpful to just keep my email closed while I'm researching, writing posts, or editing pictures. I'm so much more productive that way, and things get accomplished MUCH quicker. Now I will only keep my email open when I have time to act on the messages coming in.
Nothing seriously groundbreaking here, but you wouldn't believe how much it has helped me. Gone are the days of an inbox filled with 200+ emails to respond to (traumatizing for a slightly OCD person like myself, ha), so I just had to share in case any of you are in the same boat!
What's the best piece of blogging advice you've ever gotten?