- If your e-mail is less than 200 words, I'll definitely read it, and I'll almost definitely reply.
- If it is more than 500 words, I will almost definitely not read it. In fact the limit is probably closer to 400 words...
- If you make the effort to ask me a specific and concise question (i.e. Why do guys feel like they can't say "I love you" as quickly as girls?) I am much more likely to answer than if you just spell out the situation and ask my opinion (i.e. Explain how you met, that you said "I love you first," how he always replies with "I like you a lot," etc. etc. and then ask why he won't say it back).
- An interesting subject line will incline me to at least scan (some) longer e-mails
- Finally - if I reply and you need further clarification, please follow the same guidelines above in your response.
Example of an e-mail I would reply to:
Andrew, What do men think about women who have only male friends? A girl I know recently told me that she heard they don't like it because it makes other guys jealous. I have mostly guy friends - am I deterring men who might want to date me?
Example of an e-mail I would not reply to:
Andrew, I really, really need your advice about my relationship. I met this guy Jason via a mutual friend.... etc., etc., etc... [insert 300-word relationship narrative here] ...Now he says he doesn't want to see me anymore, and I don't know how I can get past him. What can I do???