Day 437: 7/30/20

EDIT: This post was written when Trump’s emails were hiding in Spam. Here is the correct breakdown of this day’s emails.

There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they must face a mistake. This is that day for me.

Donald Trump has been emailing me.

It’s just been getting caught in spam.

All 130 missing emails. since July 11.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

This chart is not accurate.

Joe Biden sent out 4 emails on Thursday. Donald Trump sent out a fair few himself, but I haven’t had a chance to catalog them yet.

I’ve decided to write this post focused on the Biden emails, as usual, but I’ll be going through all of the posts since July 11 and updating with accurate daily volume charts once I’ve sorted through the mess that is my inbox right now. Tomorrow’s post WILL be accurate for both candidates.

Why haven’t I been checking my spam filter all this time? Well… it’s complicated.

You see, I signed up for Trump’s mailing list using no fewer than 4 different emails. One of them was a very, very old email, back from my hotmail days.

The hotmail account was the one that got on the list. It was already auto-forwarding everything to my personal Gmail account. I set up a filter to catch all of the Trump mail and send that on from my personal Gmail to my blog Gmail.

I would check my personal and blog spam filters daily and fish out the Trump messages that got caught there.

I hadn’t even considered checking my hotmail spam filter. And that, dear readers, is where the emails were getting caught and piling up.

Spam filters work, if you let them. Sometimes, you have to force them to not work to do what you actually want.

There was an event mentioned

Though most of Biden’s emails were focused on his end-of-month donation deadline, including an email reminding me that Obama had emailed me TWICE, because that’s how serious this is, one of the emails did invite me to a grassroots fundraiser with Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

All good emotions

While the team wanted me to give money, Tammy Duckworth explained how she understood what it meant to fight for the soul of the nation, and Sarah Jessica Parker told me that it is up to us to commit and contribute if we wanted to see change.

But Team Biden just wanted to know if I noticed TWO emails from Obama in my inbox.

The total volume will more than double tomorrow, but Biden is paused on his age.

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