I’m putting out the call for help here.

How do you handle your e-mail?

Please note:  Unless you have a significant number of e-mails due to blogging or a business, this post will probably be painfully boring to you.  Try reading this one from the archives instead. Nothing like some good mama drama to make you smile.

BrightSide is seriously horrified when he sees my e-mail count.  As I write this post my Inbox holds 3,049 e-mails, and I’m certain there’s a better way out there than what I’ve got going on. (On a side note, considering how much BS abhors clutter I can only imagine what seeing that kind of number is doing to him.  Sure, I’d benefit from getting this under control.  I’d also like to avoid giving my husband an anxiety attack.)

Currently everything either comes or is forwarded to my individual gmail account.

There are the personal ones (friends, family, hobbies/activities) and kid stuff (PTO, teacher communication, their clubs/activities).  Facebook sends notifications, Apple messages, and then there are the retail e-mails (sales events, coupons, websites I’ve used).  There are some messages for monitoring the kids’ technology (sshhh, don’t tell) plus a ton of other life stuff that gets e-mailed to me.

And then there’s blog-related e-mail.

I get alerts when blogs I follow publish a post along with notifications for RFTM (for likes, shares, and comments that need approval to publish on the blog).  Twitter produces a lot of e-mail: messages, likes, shares, follows, and general notices about people in my network.

I’ve always dealt with a lot of e-mail, but I’d say blogging has probably quadrupled the amount of traffic in my inbox.

Any suggestions?  Many of you have a much larger following for your blog, so I’m sure you’re facing the same challenges with technology.  Have you found a system that helps keep things in check?

Many, many thanks in advance…