I wrote a post a while back going on and on about how there should be some kind of email etiquette. All my emails always started with "Dear so and so" and ended with, "Thanks, Mark" or something similar.
My text messages also always started and ended the same way. I thought it was the civilized thing to do.
They argue it's about saving time.
Most people I talked to about this thought I was nuts.
I'm here to tell you, I have digressed.
Over time I have come to agree, sort of, with my brother's ( I shall call him Bob ) argument that an email is just the continuation of a conversation.
No more Mr Nice Guy here. I can be just as rude as the next guy.
I'm all in for crumbling the corner stone of common courtesy.
This has not been a easy transition for me to make. It's not second nature to me yet, but I'm working on it. As an example,
I received an email the other day. I replied by starting with, "Dear Dave". I wrote my response and was about to send it, and I noticed his email didn't begin with "Dear Mark", so I did what any regular emailer would do, I deleted the "Dear Dave." There, take that!
My mouse was poised over the send button, but I couldn't pull the trigger.
So I went back to the beginning and typed in "Dave." Just "Dave."
I thought that was better.
Again, poised over the send button, second thoughts, back I went and deleted "Dave" and then sent it.
I felt like my email was naked. No beginning, no ending.
But what a time saver.