Frequently Asked Questions

How does this service work?

You can use this service to send yourself an email and get it back one month later.

Why a month?

There's something about a month. When you receive an email from a month ago odds it'll no longer be top of mind but it's recent enough that you'll remember writing it. It also seems like checking in with yourself once a month is good habbit if you want to reflect more.

What do you do with my email?

Once we receive an email we ignore attachments and only grab the stripped-text. Our mailprovider may parse it with a spam filter once received. If the message looks clean it is stored for 30 days until it is sent back.

After that it is deleted from our system. Forever.

Can somebody besides me read my email?

Yes, the maintainer can. The maintainer has no interest in reading any emails but the maintainer does have access to it. It is really hard to receive an email and be able to send it back without being able to read it.

An effort is taken to make sure that the email contents are protected but the key is available to the maintainer of this project. Again, the maintainer has no interest in reading your email but there is a notion of "trust" here.

How is this service maintaining itself?

It takes a lot of people using this service before it costs more than a free tier at a cloud provider. The maintainer of this project gets a lot of value from this system and decided to share it. Should costs skyrocket then either the project will be abandoned or something with payments will happen to ensure it can continue.

How do people use this service?

Odds are that when you try this the first time that it's actually harder than you might think. What do you want to write to yourself?

Some people like to remind themselves of goals. Other people like to keep themselves accountable by keeping track of promises that they made to themselves. There's also people who just want to give themselves compliments. It's really up to you what you do with your email.

The main feedback we've gotten is that folks really appreciate the new perspective they get from getting a letter from their past self. Often the big problem from last month is very small now, or at the very least it changed. Observing this can be extremely powerful because it helps you reflect.

What are some conversation starters?

This list might help.

  • What new thing should I do this month?
  • I tried doing X this month, did I succeed?
  • What was the coolest thing that happened this month?
  • What is the coolest thing that will happen next month?
  • During this month I expect a big life-event X to happen. Here's what I expect will happen.

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