How to Email

I think about email all the time. How can one not? It’s piling up as you read this!

XKCD on email

I really appreciated this piece from the Atlantic. I could improve at brevity. If I try this out in communication with you, please know I don’t intend to be rude, rather the opposite.

“Brevity signals respect. Three sentences or fewer.An email is an imposition on a person’s time. Writing to someone is saying I know you have a finite amount of time and attention today, and in life, and I’m going to take some of it. Undue formality only wastes more of that time. And it wastes the writer’s time in worrying about exactly how formal to be.”