Personal email stats

I keep a lot less personal email than I do work-related email. I archive mail at the end of each month and just got around to archieving my July mail today. I figured it was as good a time as any to cull some stats. Since February 7, 2004, I have received 4,253 meaningful pieces of email. By “meaningful”, I mean a message that is worth keeping, for either historical, personal or reference value. It does not include junk mail, or frivolous stuff that I delete after reading.

There are 880 days between today and February 7, 2004, which means, on average, I have received just about 5 meaningful email messages per day.

Now in addition to receiving personal email, I also send it. In the 880 days since February 7, 2004, I have sent 2,042 email messages. This amounts to just about 2-1/3 email message per day.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.