Odds are this is something that only bothers me, and I know it’s kind of petty, but maybe it’s something James Bond could relate to. Just like he could relate to my good looks. But anyway, I’ve got to get it off my chest because it happens somewhat frequently.
My email address is james.borden and so by default, my name at the top of an email shows up as James Borden. I don’t think there’s a way to change that.
However, when I send an email, I always end it with something like “Kind regards, Jim”, or “Sincerely, Jim”.
I’ve never once signed an email as James.
Yet many times when I get a reply to an email that I’ve sent, it will be addressed as “Dear James”.
Now I like the name James, a lot. In fact, that is the name of our oldest son, and that is what we call him. However, I’ve always gone by Jim.
So when I get a response to an email that I’ve sent where I have clearly signed it as Jim, and the person writes back calling me James, to me it shows a lack of attention to detail.
Did the person read the entire email? Did they not notice that I signed my email as Jim, and that most likely means that’s what I go by?
When I send an email, I always try to address the person by whatever name they use to sign their email. So if someone with an email address that starts with Katherine signs her email as Kate, then that is how I will address her. If she doesn’t formally sign off and just has a default signature, then I will refer to her as Katherine until I find out otherwise.
It seems pretty simple, just common courtesy, basic email etiquette.
So maybe I’ll increase the font size of “Jim” to three times the size of the text of the body of the email when I sign off.
But then maybe people will start calling me “Big Jim”…
And here’s a fun little clip for you
Jim James Bond fans…
*image from Express
P.P.S. Then there’s a whole group of people who call me by my nickname – Quincy. But that’s a story for another day…