Friday, May 13, 2016

Have you moved!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

My last several day jobs revolved around numbers. Be they catalog numbers or numbers used internally to track vendor MSDS (material safety data sheets). To other people, it was the most boring job in the world, but I didn't mind it. Mostly because I only had to use part of my brain on the job and could use the rest of it plotting stories.

I guess I'm good at that kind of data collection because I still do it--only now I do it for the Cozy Chicks. (No paycheck involved, darn it.)

One of the jobs I handle for the Chicks is their mailing lists -- both snail mail and email.  Holy cow, you wouldn't believe how often people move or change their email addresses and forget to tell us. It gets a little pricey when scores of emails bounce and when hundreds of postcards get returned as "return to sender" or "not deliverable as addressed."

In fact, that just happened this week. It was startling to see how much mail came back with and without forwarding addresses--but mostly without.

My first step is to see if any of these people belongs to our Facebook Cozy Chicks Group.  (Do you?  If not, you're missing out on a lot of fun and great discussions with the Chicks and our readers! You can find us by clicking this link.)

But surely I could find these people on Facebook to ask them if they've moved, right?

Not exactly. Even if you think you have a unique name -- chances are there are at least 20-30 people with the exact same name.  (Last time I looked, there were at least twenty Lorraine Bartletts.)

Another problem? If you message people you aren't somehow connected with (say friends, or friends of friends), your message goes into a mailbox that most people don't know about. (The fact that they keep changing the name of it might be part of the problem.)  I know about mine, and do I ever think to look? Nope. Also, if you message too many people you don't know, Facebook will suspend you. I was once locked out for three weeks because I couldn't identify pictures of my friends.  Since I have over 3,000 friends, it's not surprising I don't recognize everyone by their faces ... or a picture of their cat, dog, child, or grandchild.

 I've put together a list of names of people whose addresses have changed and we have no idea how to find you. After our next newsletter, I'll put together a list of people whose email addresses have bounced (or are deliverable).

So, are you, or someone you know, on the list?  You can check it here.

(P.S. This is a private page and only available by the above link.)