I get emails. A lot of emails. And I’m really busy.
Sometimes I’m quick to respond and sometimes slow. Sometimes I’m slow because I’m busy and sometimes I’m slow because I don’t know what to say and hope the answer will come to me down the line. And some emails (not many) are just rude, and I generally ignore them.
When I receive emails, I may answer personally or I may post the question on the blog — anonymously. I won’t necessarily ask permission to refer the question to the readers — but I’ll always remove identifying information.
You see, one way to avoid being overwhelmed by email responses is to turn email into blog posts — and the email often produces the most interesting, helpful, and vigorously discussed questions. And, normally, the readers offer some excellent thoughts that I’d never have come to on my own.
If you don’t want your email posted on the internet, even anonymously, say so. But that means I also may not have time to answer. I mean, some emails ask very difficult questions, and if I tried to answer them all privately and maintain the blog, well, I’d have to give up the blog.