November 14th, 2013
My hatred of email is something I’ve been dealing with for a while. Settling into Airmail as my main client and using SpamSieve to mercilessly clean my Inbox is a combination that has kept from worrying about email for the last few months.
Lately, I’ve been dealing with a lot of people outside of my usual sphere and I am finding, to my frustration, that their reliance on email is still total and absolute. I’m being forced to come to terms with using it as a way to keep the window of communication open and also as a way to track and archive important exchanges.
It is with some relief that two significant things happened in the last two days – almost as if the universe has anticipated my need.
- Gabe Weatherhead has written an expansive and incredible post about a mail client called MailMate. The thought of spending $50 on an email client when I’m already running Airmail and there’s a perfectly serviceable client in Mail.app on my Macbook Air was a sobering one. Luckily, there is a trial version of MailMate so I’m giving it a shot. It has really impressed me during my first glances. I’m really enjoying it so far.
- The second thing that may help me out is David Sparks’s new iBook Email. Despite the fact that Gabe is interviewed in it1, I’m looking forward to delving into what looks to be an incredibly comprehensive look at writing, reading, managing and archiving the digital nightmare that is email. I am hoping it cures my aversion to email but my hopes aren’t high.