It's no secret, I like to keep my blog-life and my real-life completely separate. Sure, that's mainly because I am an anonymous blogger - but also because it keeps my emails separate and clean. I know that when I check into *this* email account I am looking at emails from bloggers, etc. (ok...and spam, since I also use it for shopping). When I look at *that* email account I know I am looking at email from my real-life people. And the work one? Well, that one is strictly for real-life WORK.
But the lines....they've begun to blur. Through no fault of my own, I might add.
As I've mentioned before, I had three email accounts - key word here...HAD - one for work, one for real-life, one for blogging/shopping. And I was perfectly content. Once I went through the Great Purge of 2011 all was well in my little online world...until it began to crack.
When I went to get my new phone the guy who was setting me up told me he HAD to give me a gmail account so I said, absently, "Sure, whatever." So now I had FOUR email accounts. Still, no big deal, since I never planned on actually using that account.
Fast forward a month or so and I began to have problems between my blog-email and my phone. Verizon was AMAZING in that they actually responded to my grumbling tweets and tried to help; where Yahoo never did. Unfortunately, they couldn't really help as, apparently, it seemed to be a Yahoo problem and since Yahoo was being an ass...
Whatever, it never got fixed. So I switched to gmail (totally separate from the one installed by the phone guy) - and although that seemed to be working fine - I discovered that when someone responded to a comment (because I AM linked to do so - and you should be too!) I left on their blog, I wasn't receiving it, because it went to the old, useless Yahoo account (although, I THINK I have fixed that particular problem - thank you, Vikki, for responding, literally, two seconds ago - which confirmed it for me).
And although, I can't remove the Yahoo account from my phone (don't ask, I still haven't figured that one out) I also don't receive notifications there anymore (again, don't ask) I was able to add the gmail one; so all was right with the world again.
Until yesterday. When I attempted to log into my real-life account (Hotmail/Live/Whatever-they-are-calling-themselves-these-days) and discovered I couldn't. Apparently, they have up and died and are leaving us users flapping in the breeze, as it were (I can only assume, since they AREN'T responding to any tweets either!).
Funny, I AM receiving the emails - via the phone - but NOT via the computer. I'm flummoxed. Since I am in the middle of a side job, I HAD to find a way to send an email - without going through my work email or resorting to tapping it out on the phone. And then I remembered that lone account - sitting there dying from neglect since November. And I used it; after struggling to remember the user name AND the password - thus, thoroughly confusing my client (not to mention myself). I was almost ready to order one of THESE (hmmm, they must think we are stupid, since obviously a regular notebook would work just as well!)
And that is how I have found myself with a total of FIVE email accounts! At this point, I'm seriously considering scrubbing all of them and starting over, because really? Life shouldn't be this complicated....whether it's real-life or blog-life.
And? If you were able to get through this post/rant and understand exactly what I'm complaining about - then I owe you a drink; because now I am more lost than ever...and holy cow, this wasn't what I had planned to blog about AT ALL.