So the contact info I have listed on this here blog goes to the email account associated with my hosting company. Which I check only occasionally. Having a dedicated email account for my blog seemed like a good idea, to keep everything in one place. I also got off the web some encoding software that would enable people to email me easily, but keep the spammers at bay.
I finally logged into my virtualberta account today only to find over 600+ messages in my inbox, the vast majority of them spam. (On a side note, I had checked my account not that long ago, and the folders were empty then, and today's check made it seem like I had over half a year's messages in there, so something must be wrong with the email system. Regardless, I shall continue.) I was trying to do some cleanup and accidentally deleted *all* of the messages.
And there is no way to retrieve them.
I very much wanted to respond to all of the very nice personal emails people sent me about my blog, but I can't do that anymore. I feel really bad about it, but in my post tai qi quan-induced calm, in the greater scheme of things, this is not really a big deal. Still, I'd like to thank those who did write.
So, dear reader, if you've ever sent me an email through my virtualberta account, I haven't replied not because I'm trying to be mean, but because I was a technological doofus. Please accept my apologies. And try to write me again -- I've activated forwarding and I will get back to you. Hopefully sooner rather than later.