Unsolicited Emails Are Like “Cold Calls”

January 29, 2015
An email inbox full of spam

I love John Siracusa’s take on the latest edition of the Mac Power Users podcast on “cold” emails and the need to “be polite” and reply to every single one we recieve:

I never felt like I needed to reply to every email, certainly not after I started getting a lot of email. Even when I got a little email it’s like … It’s like a cold call at home. If someone calls you and you didn’t ask them to call you and they call you and start asking questions … I don’t owe them anything. I don’t even know who you are or what you’re asking about. I don’t owe you any of my time; I didn’t ask for this email to come; It just lands in my inbox. I feel free to ignore it.

I never thought to compare unsolicited emails to cold calls, but they’re very similar. Yet, I quite often feel the need to “be polite” and give them some type of reply.

I spend at least 10 – 15 mintues each day replying to these types of emails.

I’m Going to Be A Dad …

January 26, 2015
First sonogram of Baby Bailey

This picture is the most incredible thing I have ever seen and probably will ever see in my lifetime.

Looking at it evokes so many emotions in me: hope, excitement, fear, love, joy, and a few others I’ve never felt before.

All that is certain right now is that I want to be a great Dad.

There is no doubt in my mind that Amy will be an incredible Mom. She’s so loving, caring, selfless, thoughtful, devoted, and strong. And if Amy’s Mom is any indication, she’ll have this whole Mom thing down from the get go.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that the instincts that go along with being a Dad will “just come” over time.

If my son or daughter ends up loving me as much as I love my Dad, then I know I will have achieved that greatness I seek.

You can read Amy’s take on our pregnancy on her blog, The Funky Fork.