Monday, January 11, 2010

Contacting me

Recently, multiple folks have expressed some frustration with my response time or the shortness of my email replies. These people have ranged from friends to occasional correspondents to first-time emailing readers. On the one hand, I feel bad about not responding as quickly as they, or in most cases, I, would have liked. On the other hand, I also have to ask one simple thing:

Please cut me some slack.

By way of explanation, not complaint, I'd like to point out that my email total for most days is over 500 messages (that's the combination of my work and personal accounts, and in each one both the messages I receive and those I send.) I have a rather demanding job as CEO and head salesperson of a growing tech services company. I read and reply to all my own email. I blog daily. I read and respond to all blog comments (though the Web Weasel does also see those and could, in a pinch, handle them for me.) I write daily. I do some consulting. I'm editing an anthology. I have interviews, promotional material, and so on that also demands my attention. I have to write and work on my stand-up routines.

In short, I'm a bit busy.

And then there's that whole life thing, with family and extended family and friends.

Oh, yeah: sleep. I like a little of that now and again.

Again, I'm not complaining; I've chosen this life.

I would, though, appreciate your understanding if my responses to you are short, or if I do a quick email rather than a phone call, or if it takes me multiple hours or even--gasp!--a day to reply.

Thanks.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

With all the stuff your doing the fact that you actually respond at all is fantastic as far as I'm concerned. Keep up the good work and know that there are many people/fans that really appreciate what you are doing. All the best and have a great New Year....Chris.....

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words, Chris. I appreciate them.

J. Griffin Barber said...

Slack

You didn't even mention your charity work and self-restraint when given reason to choke the ever loving crap out of persons who annoy you.

Mark said...

Self-restraint? Nah. I'm just hangin' under the tree with you and Dave and Alan and a lot of others.

Todd said...

It's funny you post this because I was just telling someone about how great you are at responding and how I was sad to have missed you when you came to San Jose recently.

And if you're looking to add someone to your company, let me know and I'll send you my resume!

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words. I do try. I'm afraid we're not in a position to relocate folks. I'm also sorry we didn't get to meet while I was in San Jose.

Todd said...

Swing...and a miss. HAHA!

Mark said...

I meant no offense.

Todd said...

None taken! I really enjoy your posts.

Mark said...

Cool. Just checking.

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