I like email. My business, which is cartoon illustration, works great with email. Inquiries such as, *could you draw a cartoon of my dog?* allow me to respond right away, give a price quote, and attach samples as needed.
|A sample of one of my cartoon illustrations|
Luckily, I'm on a Mac. The Mac OS mail software, which is cleverly called *Mail*, has a pretty darn sophisticated spam filter, that learns. I haven't used it for a while, but I'm getting back to it. If you do have it, use it. As the spam messages come in, the software learns what you don't like, by watching what you click on as Junk Mail. And the idea, of course, is that after a certain time the Junk Mail never makes it into your inbox, and you never have to touch it.
So, I have set Mail to retrieve new messages every five minutes, which gives me a notification on my screen. It tells me who the message is from, and what the subject is, so I can look at a glance to see if it's something real, or just spam. If it's spam, I go to Mail, which I leave open, and click the thumbs down button, which sends it to the Junk Mail folder, and teaches mail to automatically move messages like that to that folder.
We're all in this together. I'll let you know how it goes. Some day, this will all seem funny, I'm sure.