Soon, I promise

Change is good.  I preach it; I teach it.

So why can’t I change my email address?

I am old enough to remember not having an email address at all.  When I was at Hallmark Cards in the early to mid-1990’s,  working on the first iterations of Hallmark.com and e-cards, the company didn’t even have email addresses for their employees yet.

That’s when I got my very first one through America Online…the email address I continue to use this very day.

Sure, I’ve had others…through different employers, for different interests. But my main email address, the one I give folks for my primary correspondence, is that AOL address I signed up for way back in 1995.

That’s one of the reasons I haven’t changed it – so many people from my past know it.  I’ve lived and worked in three different cities, with numerous individuals and companies since I became email-literate.  If I change that address, some might lose their only link to me.

But I also recognize that an AOL email address makes me look as dated and old as AOL itself.  Now that I have my own website, I should transition everyone over to an  email address branded with my name — not with some Internet dinosaur.

But change is hard.  I mean…

Change is good.

6 responses to “Soon, I promise

  1. My first email address is from AOL, too! I worked for Tribune company at the time, which had a stake in AOL – so I got it gratis. It’s O.K., really. But…I also have three other email addresses right now. In the past, it may have been more. That’s O.K., too. Certainly, what’s hip now is to tweet and accept messages on Facebook.

  2. I was JUST commenting on someone else’s blog about AOL! Yes, it’s the ORIGINAL email/instant messenger/browser/auction site domain. You were thee BOMB if you had AOL. Everyone I knew had it. Then Yahoo got popular as Google, then Firefox and MSN.

    I have 5 email addy’s. But Yahoo was my oldest. I just recently went to gmail. There are two people that are still using my Yahoo addy. And these two aren’t really internet savvy, so I’ll just continue to let them use that.

    I have one friend that has an AOL addy. And still uses AOL as her browser. So, you’re not alone. If you’re comfortable with it, then I don’t see why you need to change it.

  3. You can always only create a redirect mail from your website to your old regular AOL. People can reach you on the new one and you can continue using the one you’r already familiar with.

    On the other hand, you should really get gmail 😛

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