I’m sixty-four-years-old, born and bred in the analog era, so the rapidly advancing digital technology of these days does not come naturally, as this post will attest to.
When I created this blog back in July, 2015, I had to provide an email contact address, just like every other new blogger. So I opened a Yahoo email account. However, I soon discovered that EVERY time there was activity on my blog (a published post, likes, comments) as well as every time there was certain activity on the blogs that I followed (a published post, my likes, my comments, etc.), a notification was sent to my email in-box. Needless to say, the emails quickly accumulated.
I tried and tried to stop the notifications. I searched on my “dashboard” settings, but noticed that all of the email notification switches were turned off. Huh? I googled the topic, trying to find a solution, but couldn’t find any helpful information. Meanwhile, the mound of incoming email grew and grew. Yahoo let’s the user highlight and trash 100 emails at a time, but I was receiving around 20 emails each and every day. After a while, I just gave up.
A few of weeks ago, I checked my Yahoo in-box and I had close to 25,000 emails. Again, I tried searching my WordPress dashboard settings and also googled for a solution. Nada. So frustrating. Just by chance, I opened up one of the emails and noticed the “Want less email? Modify your email notification settings” at the bottom.
Aha! I clicked on the hyperlink and was directed to my WordPress profile where all of my email notification options were very visible and all were checked.
I subsequently unchecked all of the email notifications and saved the settings. I haven’t received any system-generated emails since.
Wow. The simple solution to the problem was right under my nose.
I then went back and, over the course of several days, deleted all 25,000 emails in my Yahoo in-basket, 100 at a time. It was actually kind of an interesting and nostalgic project. Just about all of the bloggers I used to interact with back in 2015 and 2016 are no longer active.