Is Gmail going senile?
I’ve been happily using Gmail for years, but lately it’s been wonky. I wasn’t thrilled when they introduced the tabs feature a while back, but I got used to it. What’s got me troubled now is that all of a sudden, Gmail is tossing perfectly good emails into my spam folder!
I know, I know… It’s a good idea to check your spam folder every now and then. Thing is, Gmail did such a great job for soooooo long that I fell out of that habit.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal except that in the past two months, I’ve missed out on a couple writing opportunities, a speaking engagement, and a banquet (yum!) all because those invitations were sent to the spam folder…and those are only the things that I know about.
Who knows what else I may have missed?
Setting my alarm
To get myself back in the habit, I’ve set a daily alarm specifically for checking my spam folder. Now that I’m looking, of course, my spam folder is doing its job quite perfectly – like some quantum particle that behaves differently when observed. (Schroedinger’s spam?)
I really shouldn’t complain – but as we all know, that refrain usually accompanies a big whiny rant. Ah, well! As Leonard H. Courtney famously said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” I guess that goes for free email programs, too!
Another lesson learned!
So that’s my IWSG check-in for this month. I look forward to seeing how things are going with all of you!
What is IWSG, anyway?
IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this:
“Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh
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