Email Antics

I’m in the middle of switching email addresses – and it’s causing me a lot of grief!

Message in a bottle I found the bottle at Bena...

I’ve used the same web mail address since we got our first home PC back in 1999 and for most of that time it’s worked fine. But over the last few months the service has been crashing out, refusing to load my inbox and freezing when I press ‘send’. I’ve been reluctant to switch to a new provider because:

  •  I liked my email address (it didn’t include any annoying numbers or dots to make it unique from every other person with my name)
  • Like most writers I always have ‘stuff out there’ which obviously has the old address on as a contact point
  • I guessed it would be a lot of hassle to change

However, there was only so many times I could put up with losing a carefully drafted email plus we’ve recently upgraded to BT Infinity at home – so I decided to bite the bullet and join the clan.

I was lucky with my new email address – all I had to do was slip in my middle initial to make it unique and still appear businesslike. Then I jumped for joy when I saw that it was possible to import contacts from other email providers – but sat down heavily again when I realised my old provider was not amongst those listed as compatible. It looked like I had a long ‘copy & paste’ job ahead of me.

But there was good news when I found an option to get mail forwarded from other email addresses. I filled in the prompts and clicked ‘new mail only’. At least now it wouldn’t matter if I forgot to keep monitoring my old email – all those competition wins that are bound to come in over the next few months would be automatically forwarded to!

Then, before my very eyes, my new inbox filled up with over 2,000 emails.

Every single email from my old address had been imported to the new!

This had advantages and disadvantages. I could open messages and click to add the sender to my new contacts list but a massive deletion job is now necessary. And I’m not finding it easy to delete whole page after whole page because I keep spotting something that might be useful…just like when I try sorting out books for the charity shop.

Somehow I reckon this job is going to drag on and on. Maybe it would be easier to go back to sending messages via pigeon or even in a bottle (which explains the odd illustration to this post – just in case you were wondering!)

Despite all this I can still be contacted via the ‘About Sally Jenkins’ page of this blog or please leave a comment below.

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  1. #1 by juliathorley on May 21, 2012 - 11:53 am

    It’s probably a bit late to tell you this, but you don’t necessarily have to change email addresses just because you change your ISP. We were with AOL for years but eventually got fed up with them. We have switched to Virgin, but the old AOL address is still live. I also have a Google address, but not a Virgin one. It does make you wonder if we should go back to pen and ink.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on May 21, 2012 - 12:13 pm

      Hi Julia, thanks for the thought but I haven’t changed because of changing ISP. I prefer to use web mail which is accessible from any PC – but the existing provider was just too unreliable.

  2. #3 by susanjanejones on May 21, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    What a pain Sally. Hope it all gets sorted out soon, as long as we can still get in touch with you.

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on May 21, 2012 - 7:26 pm

      Susan, I think I’ll run with both addresses for a while until it’s all sorted.

      • #5 by susanjanejones on May 21, 2012 - 8:30 pm

        That’s a good idea Sally. Imagine if you won a competition and they couldn’t get hold of you. Eeeekkk….

  3. #6 by Carl Peters on May 21, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Surely there must be a short story in there somewhere!!!

  4. #8 by Vikki (The View Outside) on May 22, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Good luck, sounds like a nightmare! 😦


  5. #10 by Liz Brownlee on May 22, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    2,000? When I found my mail adress was going slow, it was because I had 100,000 messages in there…

    • #11 by Sally Jenkins on May 22, 2012 - 7:01 pm

      Liz – You’ve just made me feel a bit better about my ’email hoarding’!

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