Posts tagged emails
Posts tagged emails
Anyone and everyone who signs off on an email/article/letter with the word “best” which is basically the queen bee of the bitchy farewell.
If you do it on the regular, you know who you are.
I didn’t always used to like using them. In fact, exclamation points used to bother me. They were absurdly upbeat and could take a serious response and change the entire tone of it, not necessarily for the worse, but definitely for a tone that to me would feel trivial. When I would use them, I used to feature the points for short stories I wrote and for the characters in said stories that were easily excitable and filler characters if you will.
Well, I’ve had a change of heart over the last couple of years and now use exclamation points all the time. Here’s what led to my overnight punctuation obsession.
Peer Pressure (The Good Kind)
I have a very good friend who uses exclamation points all the time. When we text back and forth, her replies to me generally have about 56+ points after every sentence. At first this irritated the shit out of me. Who could be so excited about such little things? Were all of these moments in life so incredible and great that they warranted such an over the top response?
I know- I sound like a jackass. A soulless, stoic, cold shell of a person who is just a stone’s throw away from robbing Tiny Tim of his crutches.
Her excitement over the smallest of events was infectious. She’s the only friend I have who uses exclamation points so liberally and in doing so, leaves a lovely bit of her personality behind in every message she writes. I can practically hear her in my head saying her replies out loud and it’s a great little snippet of imagery. They say we’re friends with people who have character traits that we wish we had so I started to slowly adopt the use of exclamation points into my everyday life. This was a couple of years ago. Today, you can see my little punctuation points dot the ending of many sentences I write. Here! Here! And here!
They’re a Friendly and Enthusiastic Bunch
On any given day, you can find me laughing about some ridiculous video clip I watched on YouTube, waving my hands in the air to describe my favorite sandwich, or telling some wacko story about a dream I had last night/somebody I ran into that’s nothing but gossipy/arguing about an article I’m working on. I myself am not as strange and unusual as Lydia Deetz from Beatlejuice described herself to be, but I am more entertaining and lively than I initially come off appearing to be. And because my initial first impression tends to be very prim and proper, conveying this portion of myself, the fun side, is harder than it looks. The best way to let that persona shine through? A point or two can and should be added to emails/letters/text messages/blog posts. All the exclamation points!!!!!!!
I email with a lot of PR people and affiliates throughout the course of my day. In said emails, I like to maintain a level of professionalism (greeting and signatures are always a must). That being said, I like to greet everyone with an exclamation point trailing after their name. In real life, if I meet someone new I’ll say hi! like that not like hi. The latter sounds depressing and uninterested already. So why should email be any different? It’s still a first impression and one that you’ll always be able to maintain a copy of. I have had many people tell me that they were excited to meet with me because of my emails where I sounded so friendly and nice. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and also makes me glad that even though they don’t yet know me, their opinion of me is already being held in high regard. It makes the exclamation points worth it- and me happy that I use them.
A look at my collective emotions Monday-Friday:
Monday: “Awesome day! I had a good weekend, got plenty of sleep last night and caught up on everything I needed to have done for Monday. I have a tasty coffee in my hand and I’m ready to take on the day! Gonna see my intern, gonna write a bunch, Family Guy marathon tonight on TBS. Bring it Monday, bring it!”
Tuesday: “I stayed up late last night still riding the weekend high and I’m exhausted. I have so much to do it scares me. Seriously though how do I have so much stuff? I could work all day on Monday and still not be done with Tuesday’s work! What am I gonna write about for the Forbes post??? I have Shine postings too- and I need to work on some articles. Hair is about to be ripped out. Coffee is gone and it’s only 8:15 AM. Is there time to troll through Tumblr quickly? No? Is there time for lunch? No. What about a bathroom break? … no? Halp. HELP MEEEEEEEEE. Also there’s nothing on TV tonight except for Glee and we all know that doesn’t count as actual TV.”
Wednesday: “Okay. We made it through the Tuesday wilderness and came out on the other side. It’s the middle of the week. Halfway there. Almost. There. The meetings today break up the day nicely. I love that. Still stayed up late though. Will I ever learn, internets, will I?”
Thursday: “Pretty sure my roommates haven’t seen me in 4 days now. I’m officially a hermit. But on Thursdays I have Parks and Rec to count on and Sunny. Why just last night, there was a Katt Williams stand-up on Comedy Central and that made my Thursday even more special! (“Crackheads in Cincinnati be working HARD!”). Newsletter lineup here we go! Articles here we go! Tweeting and Facebooking in three, two, one! Dancing in my chair from great emails. I do this on all days of the week though tbh.”
Friday: “Wild card!!! And Friday!! Bagels in the morning, newsletter work during lunch, writing and answering emails nonstop and at 5pm I get to go out with the besties! Or on a slow Friday go home and watch old Project Runway marathons! Austin Scarlett 4 lyfe. Good life. A+ week. We did it week. Best week eva.”
As you can see I live my life on a steady diet of comedy programming, writing, staying up all night, happy chair dances, and the occasional panic attack.
I really hate using it when I sign off in writing an email to someone, but in times when I am politely declining to use information, I will write “Best” above my name.
See: 45 million press releases from PR firms in this category.
It always reminds me of that episode of Sex and the City where Samantha is mad at Richard for sending along gifts that say “best” above his name. “Best is like signing ‘not love!’” She’s right.
Then again, when was Samantha ever wrong about anything? I have yet to know.