The last times I wrote about email topics, I already had the thought in my mind to try setting up my own mail server again. I already tried this a while back, but switching from FastMail (my favorite mail provider) was too scary for me because I wasn’t quite confident about the setup. But now I overcame my fear that something could go wrong and just tried it. (I’m really proud of it.
I already wrote about that you should think about paying for your email service (or host it yourself if you’re crazy), but another important aspect is the email address itself. Many people (and I also did this in the past) use an email address given by their provider like an address with @gmail.com, @outlook.com or any other. Using such an address is free of course, but it is definitely some kind of lock-in.
Yesterday, I wrote about Delta Chat and Chat over IMAP. To be able to chat using email, you need an account at an email provider. Many people use Gmail, with over 1.5 billion users it’s probably the biggest email provider out there, people already joke, Google owns email. But email at it’s core is decentralized. You can use whatever provider you like and still communicate with the rest of the world.
There are tons of messengers out their, but they all share the same problem. They are all isolated from each other, so if you want to contact someone via this messenger, the other person has to use this same messenger too. This leads to everyone using the same shitty messenger (in my region this is WhatsApp), although there are many better alternatives. A solution to this problem can be the use of email for messaging.
How do you make sure that opening the mailbox is not painful and associated with negative emotions? How do I manage not to get knocked out by the mountain of work that my email account reminds me of? Here are some tips from my own experience for better email management: Unsubscribe from this stupid newsletter I almost always get a crisis when I see how many emails others have in their mailbox with the words “special offer”.