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E-mail Promises

E-mail can certainly be a blessing or a bane, can't it? A lot of my readers enjoy reading my blog posts by e-mail - which I hope is a blessing most of the time. One of the banes of that for me, though, is that most of those readers rarely, if ever, visit the blog itself.

When I first started posting my iv's to the blog instead of sending them out by e-mail, I still sent an e-mail reminding people that I had posted something new. That little blessing became a bane to me when I started receivning literally hundreds of bounces each time I sent the reminders. Those who actually received the e-mails, would visit the blog, and would make frequent comments to the blog posts. That was great fun for me and for the other readers.

When I learned that FeedBurner had the capability of sending the entire blog post by e-mail, it was a great option, with no bounces to deal with - but the comments have nearly dried up! I'd like to remind those of you who receive the e-mail version that there are several links in the e-mail itself that will take you right to the blog or the blog post. The words "latest post to ivman's blague" in the body of the e-mail are a link to the blog. Clicking on the title of the post (in this case - "e-mail promises") will take you the post itself ... and the comment section is right at the bottom of the post, just waiting for you to add yours! 😀 Also in the footer of the e-mail is a link to the blog - just be careful not to click on the link to unsubscribe yourself.

Sorry to whine, but I'd like to get some fun feedback from this whole iv thing. Anyway, on to today's iv - a 12-step program for compulsive e-mail forwarders....

THE FORWARDER'S 12-STEP PROGRAM (feel free to pass this on to needy friends...)

OK, everyone say the following with me...

1. I will NOT get bad luck, lose my friends, or lose my mailing lists if I don't forward an e-mail.

2. I will NOT hear any music or see a dancing dog, if I do forward an e-mail.

3. Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money and Victoria's Secret doesn't know anything about a gift certificate they're supposed to send me, if I do forward an e-mail.

4. Ford will NOT give me a 50% discount, even if I forward my e-mail to more than 50 people.

5. I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons, or freebies from Coca Cola, Cracker Barrel, or anyone else if I send an e-mail to 10 people.

6. I will NEVER see a pop-up window if I forward an e-mail ... NEVER ... EVER!

7. There is NO SUCH THING as an e-mail tracking program, and I am not dumb enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding an e-mail to 10 or more people!

8. There is NO kid with cancer through the Make-a-Wish program in England collecting anything! He did when he was 7 years old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN'T WANT ANY MORE POST CARDS or GET-WELL CARDS.

9. The government does not have a bill in Congress called 901B (or whatever the e-mail creator named it this week) that, if passed, will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every e-mail we send.

10. There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colourful flowers, characters, or program that I will receive immediately after I forward an e-mail. NONE, ZIP, ZERO, NADA!

11. The American Red Cross will NOT donate 50 cents to a certain individual dying of some never-heard-of disease for every e-mail address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations.

12. And finally, I will NOT let others guilt me into forwarding e-mails by telling me that if I don't forward their e-mail, I am not their friend, that I don't care about people, or that I don't really love the Lord!

but you promised....

Is that a picture of Rob the ivman waiting for comments to the blog?) 🙂

Having our daughter Megan and grandson Drew here this week has been a lot of fun, but as always happens - the week seems to have evaporated! And what a week for our digital camera to go haywire!!! Never fear ... Megan brought hers and is a scrapbooker, and some will recall that we lovingly call our daughter Nora the "baby paparazzi." So we've been anything but deprived of digital images! 😀

I'll describe briefly some of the highlights of the week. One evening we went strawberry picking. Here are a few shots from that.

Our personal favorite for berry picking is Sandy Flat Berry Patch...

we *love* Sandy Flat

Nora got this picture of the rest of us, posing nicely...

berry pickers

Drew looks like he's wild about strawberries, which is not at all the case...

our little guy is indeed the berries

We think he's the berries, though!

We enjoyed a nice afternoon at the Greenville Zoo on Tuesday. Nora brought the three pre-schoolers she nannies, and we all had a nice time with pleasant weather.

Here are a few pictures from that adventure...

Megan and Drew by the zoo sign

Here's a shot of Nora and her charges...

Nora and kids

Drew wasn't sure he wanted to sit on the bear's back, and tears started to well up in his eyes...

he could hardly bear it


"You can't live both devoted to sin and wanting deliverance from it." - Dr. Drew Conley

=^..^= =^..^=

Some people don't get even. They just get odder.

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21 Comments on “E-mail Promises”

  1. #1 Ellen
    on May 15th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Looks like you had a great time with Megan and Drew! I took my 3 kids (ages 5, 3, and 1) strawberry picking on Wednesday. My 1 yr old still puts anything and everything in her mouth. I didn’t mind her picking fresh strawberries and popping them in her mouth, but I drew the line at the mushy ones off of the ground! Needless to say, I was more than ready to go once I filled just one basket!

    Thanks for sharing pics from your family outings.

  2. #2 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Oh wow, Ellen! You deserve a purple heart for your strawberry picking experience! We four adults handled our 1 yr old very nicely – but then, he’s not walking yet either. His enjoyment level maxed out pretty quickly, though. 🙂

  3. #3 Michael
    on May 16th, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Hey, sorry about not commenting ever. I didn’t realize that was important to you. I guess this should be a two way street. You go through all the trouble to put these things together and then we just leech off your kindness to have a good time ourselves.

    Anyway, thanks for the phone call last week about missing me at IT. I should have returned the favor at the beginning of this week. I am glad you’ve been able to spend time with your family. Looks like you’ve had a lot of fun. Sandy Flat is a great place to go for berries. Abbie and I need to get up there soon to stock up on some things.

    Anyway, I have now posted. Lord willing, I’ll see you on Monday.

  4. #4 Jonathan
    on May 16th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    What about cut and paste forwarding?

  5. #5 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for your comments, Michael. I’ve been doing a bit of research about blogging, and most blogs about blogging talk about the comment-factor. I’m learning in this process too. Most of the sites talk about inviting comments. And most urge bloggers to be sure to reply to comments. So maybe it’s a 3-way street … post, get comments, and comment on comments? 🙂

    I’m missing being there this week with all you people who joined IT this week, but after this brief interlude, D.V. I’ll be back with you on Monday.

    Greetings to everyone there!

  6. #6 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Jonathan – cut and paste forwarding? Do you mean forwarding without including the lists of everyone else who has received the forward, including all the >>>s before it reaches you?

  7. #7 Deb
    on May 16th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Hi Rob ~ sorry we didn’t get to connect while I was in Greenville – would love to have visited with you and Beka. Bet told me you had a lot on your agenda though.

    We passed right by the Sandy Flat Berry place on our way to someplace, and she pointed it out. So I know exactly where you were. Looks like a fun time was had by all!

    Re: commenting…one thing I have found that draws readers back and makes for good communication is to reply back to them via their email comment I receive when they comment on the blog. Typepad sends me an email, I hit reply and include their comment, and then I respond personally and individually to every commenter.

    I was doing this on my sister’s computer when I was at her house last week, and she was amazed and said she had NO IDEA I commented back to everyone. Well, yes, mostly I try to, and it makes a difference. I have noticed that you always seem to comment back to your commenters, and that’s GREAT! Sometimes bloggers, myself included, can’t even remember all the blogs they may have commented on and would never even think to go back to a particular blog and/or post to see if the writer has replied. So, a personal email works for me. An exception would be if someone asks a question that I think would be better answered publicly so more people can find out the answer.

    So…that was quite a long comment! Maybe that will make up for all the times I read and don’t comment. 🙂

  8. #8 Philip
    on May 16th, 2008 at 9:31 am

    It’s called web 2.0

  9. #9 Rebecca
    on May 16th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Hi Mr. IV-man!
    Just wanted to say that although I haven’t commented before this, I love your emails and posts–they are always both laugh- and thought-provoking. And your little grandson Drew is just adorable! I’ve also really enjoyed the pics of the birdhouse– my family had a bird feeder for years when I was growing up, and we loved watching the birds that came, as well as the highly acrobatic squirrels that always seemed to find a way to get seeds out of the feeder. We had one squirrel that could lift the roof off our “squirrel-proof” feeder and help himself while balancing precariously.
    Anyway, thanks for your dedication to sharing the joy of life.

  10. #10 Eileen
    on May 16th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I always come to the blog site because it’s just better than the email. 🙂 Also, the pictures don’t show in the email.

    Thanks for sharing so much with us. I love seeing the family pics and hearing of your grandson.

    Merci mille fois de tout ton travail pour nous! 😉

  11. #11 Lynnette
    on May 16th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for your quotes from Dr. Conley. Some of them have been quite convicting. Thank you also for your never-ending sense of humor!

  12. #12 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    @ Deb!
    We’re sorry we missed you too. We even stopped by Bet’s house after the wedding around the corner Friday afternoon, just in case we’d catch you all there. But alas…

    Sometimes I e-mail commenters, but most of the time I just comment back on the blog so others can see the “conversations.”

    @ Philip
    I’ve seen references to Web 2.0 on websites, but I can’t figure out what it’s supposed to be. Could you enlighten me?

    @ Rebecca
    Thanks for your comment. Boy, do we know about pesky squirrels?! They’ve absolutely destroyed two feeders in the past couple of years. So we got the top of the line model from Wildbirds Unlimited, guaranteed for life. The squirrels cannot get to first base on this one. Maybe we finally have them baffled?

    @ Eileen
    I know that some people actually do come to the blog instead of reading the e-mails … just as you do. But you’re also one who comments on my blog, so I’m hoping others will take your lead.

    I have a hard time deciding which gem from Pastor Conley to include, trying to add to the mix good quotations from others also. Have a good summer!

  13. #13 Doug aka nullvariable
    on May 16th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I love feedburner! I so rarely have time with all the many websites I try to follow to visit them all so I love Google Reader and RSS feeds 😀 keeps my inbox less cluttered. Also if you are using WordPress you might consider getting the Subscribe to comments plugin: http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/

    it will let your readers post a comment and with a check box they’ll be notified of new comments via email, its great for keeping conversations alive 😀

  14. #14 Sherry
    on May 16th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    WOW! You’ve gotten a lot of comments so far! YAY for you. You know I LOVE your blog, and I visit IT and not the e-mails every time you post. 🙂 Your thought-provoking and laugh-provoking e-mails do “good like a medicine.” I enjoyed meeting Drew in person the other day. What a sweet little cutie!

    Hope you’re having a fun summer!

  15. #15 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    @ Doug
    Thanks for the link to the Subscribe to comments plugin. I’m trying it out right now.

    BTW, it works! Thanks for the lead!

  16. #16 Rob
    on May 16th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Bonjour Sherry!
    I’m glad you got to meet Drew the other day. It was so funny – you cannot believe how many people on campus greeted him by name. He may be the best known kid on campus!

  17. #17 Carrie
    on May 17th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Sorry for not commenting. I should know better since I know how much I like to know what people think of my posts! I love seeing pics of Drew–he’s so cute–and I enjoy your sense of humor! I liked it when I was your student too. :o)

  18. #18 Vikki
    on May 17th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Looks like your plea for comments worked!!! I love reading them also.

    Anything new with the bird house lately?

    By the way, could you possibly post a pic of the squirrel-proof feeder you have? With lots of large water oaks in the neighborhood and in our yard, we have squirrels galore (including a white one) and the only feeders we’ve found that work are the Squirrel-Be-Gone feeders where the surrounding cage drops down over the openings if a squirrel jumps on it. I have four of these feeders and they go mad hopping from one to another trying to get at the treats. One of these days they’re going to figure out that they can hold on to to post and get at the openings… I have a regular feeder I fill with safflower seed because cardnials love them and squirrels don’t, but I have a young squirrel who’s taken quite a liking to them. Sigh……

  19. #19 Shirley
    on May 17th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Okay, so some of us thought you were swamped with messages and didn’t want to overwhelm you–aren’t we the thoughtful ones!! And all that time, you were waiting for us to check in. I’ll have to do better on that. Sorry I missed you all when I was in Greenville, but I thought you were actually IN the LG, and therefore figured you were booked for the weekend. In my defense, I did send a message via FB that I was coming. Anyway, Love the photos of Drew and the rest of your family. It’s a great to see how you’re all doing.

  20. #20 Susan
    on May 18th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Rob and family,

    Sorry I have been slack about commenting. Funny cause I look forward to all your posts and those convicting quotations at the end.

    I really appreciate your labor of love for all of us.

    I’m enjoying watching your precious grandson grow up!

    You’ll be hearing more from me.

  21. #21 Rob
    on May 18th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for all these good comments! I hope that many will continue to comment on future posts.

    I’ll do some updates on the birds … maybe later this week.