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The Challenges of Being Interactive

September 16, 2013
Posted at 6:58 am

I like to interact with my audience. I value them as readers, I appreciate their input. They tell me when I put a foot wrong (do they ever!), encourage me with suggestions and occasional praise. I've developed valued email friendships that way.

To the end of keeping them up-to-date I've maintained a mailing list, used to notify my readers when a new chapter is posted. If I hear from a reader their name goes -- or went, I should say -- on the list, always with the understanding I'd quickly remove it if they didn't want the mailings. Presently there are about 75 names on that list.

Now some 'bot out there in email land has decided to graylist me as a spammer, presumably as a result of those mailings. For the most part it isn't a problem, except with a certain association's listserve which is important to me personally and professionally. By being graylisted, my messages to that listserve are blocked. I have yet to find a way to get it unblocked, nor can the administrator of that service.

So, with great regret, I've concluded the only answer is to stop my mailings to my SOL readers in an effort to see if that will clear my name. No more email notifications of new chapters will be forthcoming.

I will, of course, continue to announce new chapters here in my blog on SOL. I will continue to do my best to respond to all emails on an individual basis. I'm sorry to have to do this, but if you want to know if a new chapter is out you'll have to come here. Don't expect anymore personal email notifications.

With regrets, I do remain yr faithful srvnt.