Once I was able to connect to the mail server consistently, the hundreds of backlogged e-mails I thought I had turned out to be close to 2,000! I’m slogging through them as quickly as I can — sorry to keep everyone in suspense!
Based on this and the increased amount of e-mail this site has generated as it gains in popularity, I will no longer be replying individually to those who write (there were a lot of people who wanted to correspond off the blog). Instead, I will reply to e-mails via this blog only. To keep the conversation going, though, I will also reply in-blog to blog comments. So if you want to respond to something I say in a post, just reply to the post.
I won’t respond to 100% of the e-mails and blog comments I get, but I hope to be able to respond to at least a representative sample.
I should be through all the mail and back to writing posts on Monday. Thanks to everyone for your patience!