You got Email

or should I say E-Mail?

Does anybody use email anymore? Or should I say E-mail? I do. I love getting updates from companies that I subscribe to. Although I would love to, I no longer receive emails from personal friends as we can talk by phone, message, or any number of social media sites. Seems all my emails are from subscriptions, business, most are just plain old commercials. The bulk of my mail is in that last category. For example, today I when I opened my email I had 100 emails come to my inbox while I slept. Of those only about 20 of them had value, all the rest was just garbage promotions Yes, we get commercials in our inbox these days.

A little history

E-mail or Electronic mail was first used in the 1960s. It was more like messaging than mail as you could only leave it on the same computer or both sender and receiver had to be online at the same time. Many computer users developed their own informal messaging system that morphed into a version of the electronic mail we see today. Ray Tomlinson is credited as the inventor of email in 1971. He developed the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts using the @ sign to link the user name with a destination server. By the mid-1970s, this was the form recognized as email.

There is a bit of controversy about who invented the email though. The claim is that while Ray invented messaging on ARPANET, it was a 14-year-old Indian boy in 1978 that invented the Email and its form we see now. According to an article in India Times, an article published in 2016 states “Meanwhile in 1978, a 14-year-old boy, Shiva Ayyadurai began his work on an email system for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His task was to emulate the paper-based interoffice mail system electronically and in 1982, he copyrighted his software, called “EMAIL”.”

By ARPANET – The Computer History Museum ([1]), en:File:Arpnet-map-march-1977.png, Public Domain,

Whoever invented the email, it was widely used and still is today. Its purpose has changed though. My generation used email as a way to send letters instantly, although many folks I wanted to write did not have internet. My aunties and such still got good, old fashioned letters. Emails were to the more modern of my generation and consisted of jokes, chain mail, current events, and some were forwarded to many many people. It was not a big leap from Email chains to Facebook and other social media.

A new site

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Recently I added a website to I still like ETSY, but it seems to be favoring the bigger shops these days. I can’t compete with rug makers, pottery, and wood shops with employees. The whole craft fair vibe is fading and it is starting to feel a bit like Wayfair or Hearth and Home type stuff, crafty, but not necessarily individually made. So I added another site.

While figuring out how to create the site, one of the options was to have a popup to gather emails from customers. I have this romantic idea of a monthly newsletter that would highlight new items, other people’s art, and how-to crafty things. So far, I have no emails gathered. I still want to do one. Maybe I am adding work to myself I don’t want though. I do have trouble updating this blog. Perhaps I should start with the Craft Me portion of this blog for the newsletter.


Does anyone do email anymore?


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