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Spam Folder Mishaps

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.

Missed opportunities!
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?


SPAM, Saturn and Tardis stained glass window (photo by Tui Snider)
SPAM, Saturn and Tardis stained glass window (photo by Tui Snider)

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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