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USPS Snafu

So last week, two days in a row, my building wasn’t getting our mail delivered—we were getting mail for the building next door. Frustrating doesn’t being to cover it. As a full time Freelancer, I rely on USPS to deliver my client checks. I called the 1-800 number and someone actually called me back to create a case in their system.

Unsure of my mail carrier was just on vacation, or if this was the start of my own personal Hell, I followed up yesterday; I got the phone number for my local Post Office; someone answered the phone. She said she would relay the message to my letter carrier, who it turns out, took two days off. I spoke to him personally and said I hoped he had a nice vacation.

The same person called my yesterday evening to follow-up. I told her I spoke to my letter carrier and she said she would talk to her supervisor about the temporary letter carrier, so that this doesn’t happen again!

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Email Tips and Tricks

Take it from me, a full-time Freelance Digital Content Strategist/SEO Specialist, never underestimate the power of email! Here are some useful tips and tricks…When sending monthly invoices, I’ve found that typing the subject like so, JUNE INVOICE, helps it stand out from all of the other email clients receive. If two weeks go by and I still haven’t been paid, I sent a second notice, like so: JUNE INVOICE – SECOND REQUEST usually elicits prompt payment. I learned this the hard way. 10 years ago I had a client who was a photographer; as such he received an onslaught from his clients—so much so that my invoice would literally get lost in his inbox…

Long email threads can likewise be counterproductive. For example, I sent one of my newer clients his latest Google page 1 rankings the week before 4th of July, but alas, I made the mistake of doing so via a current email thread; consequently, the client missed it and asked for his latest Google Rankings the Saturday before the 4th of July week when he was most likely on vacation. I do not work weekends, so I don’t know if he’s seen it yet. I did send the rankings in a new email.

So there you have it! I hope these email tips and tricks have been helpful!

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20 Years of Crimson Screams

Way back when, June 1999 to be exact, I was working a dead-end job at Macy’s in Manhattan, so I decided to take a night class at the New School University to learn the basics of Web Design. I invested $650.00 in a six-week class, the first step in a career change. Definitely money well spent! I registered my first domain name, www.crimsonscreams.com, long before SSL Certificates were issued for personal websites…

I built my author website using HTML—WordPress didn’t exist yet—and frames, a now defunct  layout. And will virtually all of my client websites are WordPress sites, knowing how to code by hand comes in handy!

Crimson Screams is still alive and well, and I still code all updates by hand. ;)

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SpamAssassin

So a couple of months ago, my web host moved my mail from one server to another. I’d previously had SpamAssassin installed. Without it, I returned from vacation recently only to find that my inbox had been inundated by an onslaught of SPAM—over 200 messages—the vast majority of them were junk…Two months later, my web host has SpamAssassin configured on the new server and I’ve achieved a blissful inbox utterly devoid of SPAM!

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Epic USPS Fail

I mailed a check my AMEX bill on May 2nd--I usually send it sooner--but time got away from me. I went on vacation and because the USPS mail delivery took forever and a day, they didn't receive my payment on time, which required me to call while I was away to authorize a payment over the phone...And then both payments hit on the same day, so I called AMEX yesterday to reverse the second payment. Talk about an epic fail...

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StokerCon Report

I had an amazing time at StokerCon, catching up with old friends, like Linda D. Addison, James Chambers, JG Faherty, April Grey, and Nancy Lambert, just to name a few…I also made a ton of new friends, far too many to mention by name. My reading on Thursday evening was attended by a select few. The panel about dialogue I appeared on had a captive audience; all of the panelists had great chemistry, so that kept things interesting!

I have an essay, “A Writer’s Life: Dangerous Dames”, in the StokerCon 2019 Souvenir Anthology.