Give people options about how they receive their email

As I stated a couple of days ago, I am in the process of re-evaluating my email relationships.

While I was going through my inbox I noticed that there were some places I wanted to keep,  and others I wanted to change the email address to deliver to.

Most places simply ask you “Text” or “HTML”. As I was going through the motions, a couple of places went the extra mile.

When I clicked on the “What does this mean?” link, the pop-up window below appeared.

However, when I clicked on the unsubscribe link for other places, they did not offer an option to change the email address. So, I simply unsubscribed.

If you don’t give folks options as to how they would like to get your information, they will no longer receive your information.

Grateful Tweets to be #thankful for

A couple of months ago, I expressed thanks to my subscribers and followers. After all, why do we have to wait to express thanks to each other?

To stay in the spirit, I favored some tweets that have helped me get through the day over the past few months.

RT @rachelreuben: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.

RT @prosperbydesign: When you know what you want, you will recognize it when you see it. #quote Bill Cosby 

RT @asenkut: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do” – Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) via Vered Sharon 

RT @petershankman: “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” -James Dean

RT @AlexisNeely : Stay the course, wake up, be willing, move through the hard. Trust me, when you see what happens you will be blown away.

RT @thesunqueen: When I feel I’m losing perspective, I start listing people & things I’m grateful for. It totally turns my attitude around. What do u do? 

RT @donotgiveup: Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. Marcia Wieder #quotes 

RT @ArieRich: “Be Content w/ what u have; rejoice in the way things are. When u realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs 2 U.” – Lao Tzu

Which tweets are you thankful for today?

Evaluating my email relationships

Now that things are quiet on Thanksgiving Eve, I did something that I rarely had the chance to do, go through my email accounts.

They say that its good practice to keep a separate account for purchases. Therefore I went through said account and did some soul searching.

Last week was National Unfriend Day, so I figured that I take the approach with my “retail” email account.

I looked at all the places I subscribed to and I asked myself a few questions:

  1. Am I interested in the store/retailer?
  2. How often am I getting emails
  3. Are the emails “of value” to me?
  4. If I had an “in store” experience with them, how did it go?

How often do you go through your inbox and evaluate who’s emailing you?

Weekend Project: Couponing my way to Thanksgiving Dinner

We all know the usual way of getting coupons through your local neighborhood flyer or newspaper. However what if you can get them online?

I’ve been going to the Coupon Mom’s website for at least 2 years, so I know how valuable online coupons are.

For instance, I had a $1.00 coupon for 2 boxes of pasta and my local supermarket had a sale on the pasta for $0.99 each, so I was able to get a box for nothing.

Here is a clip of the Coupon Mom on The View from last week. Tips to Get Food For Free.

Weekend Project: Organize Your Photos


Lately, I have been going from one event to another. I barely have enough time in between events before going to the next event. At the same time, photos in my PDA and my digital camera start to accumulate.

We all have been there, you have the perfect opportunity to get that once in a lifetime shot (Eminem’s Lose Yourself playing in the background) and sigh, there no more room on your device! So what to do? You quickly go through the shots you already have and figure out which picture(s) to delete in order to make room for that new shot.

Why go through this scenario time after time?

Here are some suggestions to avoid this from happening to you.

  1. Simply transfer your photos to your computer after each event. I know, easier said than done. If after the event is not possible, try the weekend after. I schedule at least  an hour a month or so just to organize pictures.
  2. Open a Flickr account. If you have a PDA, you can email your pictures from your device. No need for the middleman computer.
  3. There are many online photo accounts out there. Take your pick.

Why did I finally decide to organize my photos? Tune in soon when I intend to break out of frames.

Are you willing to go to a no contract phone plan? (via @stephfierman)

According to MediaPost, 20% or 1 in 5 are planning to go to a no contract plan.

Personally, this was not surprising as I recently downgraded my family plan to an individual plan and spun off Grandma on a no-contract plan.

I wish I could do the same myself and have a phone, just for the phone and use my iPod Touch for the PDA functionality. Unfortunately they don’t  let you transfer a contract number to a non-contract one.