First of all, etiquette is a word I always struggle to spell.
Now that that’s out of the way, I can finally get a few things off my chest.
I’ve sent my fair share of emails in the nineteen years I’ve been alive. And no one has ever complained about my email etiquette. Until today.
If you know nothing else about me, know this: I dislike wasting my own time, and I dislike wasting other people’s time even more. OK, that’s not entirely true. You get what I mean though. I hate wasting time. I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy.
Since I’m a writer and blogger, I like to think I’m concise. At least I try to be as much as possible. But I guess I also run the risk of seeming rude.
I finally crossed the line into terse territory by sending an email to my TA without enough “description” to his liking. So he proceeded to tell me what isn’t “a proper etiquette” and what is. His words, not mine.
Maybe I should teach him a thing or two about you know what.
What happens after an interview and a session with my trusty thesaurus.
- Keep it short.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep it smart.
- Keep it selfless.
- Keep it sharp.
- Keep it sensible.
- Keep it sincere.
- Keep it specific.
Sometimes I wonder why I struggle more to write an email than I do an essay.
My main issue is I want to acknowledge that I received the message and thank the sender, but I don’t want to bombard someone with another email, especially if it isn’t important or useful.
Regardless I quite enjoy writing emails. It’s not nearly as stressful as writing an essay. Or an exam. I won’t have to deal with the latter for several more months.
In high school I didn’t quite understand why university students got four months of summer. Now I do.
Here’s a list of things that happen before I write a blog post.
- Think about blogging.
- Decide to write a new post.
- Stare at blank page.
- Open three new tabs.
- Check email.
- Check Facebook.
- Check Twitter.
- Thinks about blogging again.
- Decide to write a new post again.
- Check email again.
- Check Facebook again.
- Check Twitter again.
- Close those three tabs.
- Stare at blank page again.
What I anticipate will happen:
What actually happens:
Check other email.
Open a Word document.
Create a page or section on your blog to display links to your online presence elsewhere, and make sure your other presences reflect the brand you’re developing on your blog.
I have a Contact Me page in the menu above and links to my other accounts on the right.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I don’t bite. Not anymore at least.
This is going to seem like a lot, but I’m far from being a social media guru.
Go ahead and:
I promise I’ll never have 12 links in a single post ever again.
I absolutely suck at writing proposals. About nine months ago I wrote one, and I haven’t written a single one since.
I take forever to compose one email. Now imagine writing multiple emails a day. Today I started typing a draft on my phone, but I accidentally hit send half-way in. So I had to write another email telling the receiver to disregard my first email.
I used to despise lab reports. There’s a reason I stopped taking science courses after grade ten.
I would go on. Too bad I’d take an entire day listing as well as explaining why I struggle with all forms of writing.