Each week I log into my newsletter portal, after the launch of a new blog post, and see how many of my emails were opened, clicked on, bounced, or sent to spam.
As someone who invests a lot into writing from the heart, I have to look at the numbers through the lens of my brain, or I will become too emotional by any one thing negative overpowering the many things positive.
Even when multiple comments come in, and I hear people talking about what’s been written, sharing it with others, you still feel a sting when someone leaves.
A few people drop off each week, but it’s not a huge number for the amount of subscribers who willfully joined the band after seeing me speak at an event.
But they still leave. And that stinks.
There are multiple great gifts to a writer from a subscriber:
A comment publicly displayed on the post can truly lift your spirit.
A private message can spark a whole new friendship and more post ideas in the future.
A sharing of the post on social media can lead you to a new audience.
These are all wonderful gifts from readers.
And then people retire from their jobs… the account sits dormant… and I have to let it go for a long time before entering the system and deactivating their subscription.
Yet of recent I have received a few really amazing emails that have made me so happy.
Those who are retiring have reached out and said, “I am coming to the end of my time at my work, and the email associated with receiving your weekly blog posts needs to be changed so I can receive it after my retirement. Please switch it to my personal email.”
There’s no outright compliment in that wording, and yet, I’m not sure of a higher compliment as a writer than to still be wanted in the inbox of someone going to the next phase of their lives.
Even into retirement where no one wants emails ever again!
I appreciate the promise of communication, in any form, and I promise to communicate better as I learn how to do so from everyone I associate with.
I wish you, and all readers, at work and into retirement, many blessings in living The Promise.
Thank you for reading and sticking around.
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
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