Around this time last year, I started to learn about blogging as a hobby, extra income, and a career. It's hard to believe that it has only been one year, but it's true. I started watching the show, Extreme Couponing, and was instantly addicted. I did a search online for "coupon class", or something like that, and came across a coupon blog. There was a big flashy sign that said "FREE UPDATES BY EMAIL!!" so I signed up. Shortly after that, this blog linked to another blog that had different coupon match-ups and again, "FREE UPDATES BY EMAIL!!" so I signed up again.
I am not quite sure when it happened, but at some point I read an article about opening an email account specifically for newsletters (and I think it mentioned for entering sweepstakes)…so I did!! I started a Gmail account for my husband and me to get newsletters so our regular email inbox would not get full. Shortly after that, I started thinking about my own coupon blog so I went ahead and started a Gmail for myself with couponing in mind.
Then, I discovered Giveaways!!
This was the demise of my Gmail Inbox. I entered giveaways like nobody's business and if there was an option to get "FREE UPDATES BY EMAIL", I was signing up AND confirming!!
In August 2011, I started this blog and since Google Owns The World (my own personal belief), then I ended up using that Gmail account for the beginning of Google related to my blog. Why am I telling you all of this?
I'm drowning in emails and I need help!!
This is what my Inbox looked like recently. Please pay special attention to the 6,562 emails in my Inbox – not counting the 247 Spam emails that are likely additional blog newsletters that I need to go thru so my fellow bloggers don't get marked as Spam!!
I'm a friendly blogger and a Giver
Once I subscribe to something, it is sometimes difficult for me to unsubscribe. I know what it feels like to count on numbers of subscribers as "stats" for my blog. I also know what it feels like when I get an Unsubscribe email that says "GiveawayLover@gmail.com has unsubscribed to your email newsletter". I just want to email that person and ask, "WHY? DON'T YOU LIKE ME ANYMORE…?!!"
It is also a little tedious to unsubscribe to all of the emails because you have to go into the email, find the unsubscribe link, sometimes answer why you want to unsubscribe, and confirm. I usually start to feel bad somewhere in one of those clicks and end up keeping "just that one".
I have over 400 email subscriptions!! I need Help!!
I was asked to try out UnRoll.me this week and talk about how it can help me organize, simplify, clean up my email life. I immediately thought about my Gmail account that I rarely open (because it's that scary) so I gave it a try.
The best thing about Google Owning the World is that they make it simple to allow access to your Gmail account with apps like Unroll.me so I clicked Allow and started my Rollup.
While things were Rolling Up, I watched the Unroll.me Guide for some helpful tips on organizing my Daily Rollup and Unsubscribing at the click of a button.
My Original Rollup had 437 subscriptions!! Sadly, that was not all of them because I got stuck at 15% and I'm not sure what I was doing wrong, but the timer at the bottom just kept spinning.
I decided to go with it just to see what happened and started "playing" with my Rollup.
UnRoll.me had my subscriptions sorted by category so I could pick and choose what I wanted to see at any moment.
As I was looking through the emails, I found a few semi-important ones about my domain expiring or Google emails. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and Unsubscribe to those email subscriptions that I don't read (and the ones that I also subscribe to with my blog email so that I can actually read them when I have time). UnRoll.me has an easy One-Click Unsubscription so I was able to breeze right through and unsubscribe without feeling that pang of guilt. **To my fellow bloggers, I apologize…I had to do it!!
I was also able to change the time for my Rollup. There are 3 options, but I ultimately chose for the morning just because I have the most time for email in the mornings.
Are you curious to see my Inbox now?!!
Now, isn't that just pretty?!! I have noticed that it is not catching all of the subscriptions yet so I'm hoping I can play around with it a little more, but THIS Inbox is much more manageable. I am okay with Google Owning the World again thanks to UnRoll.me.
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