For the next two weeks, anyone who messages me will just be getting a generic "sorry, I can’t help message."
As it is, I am at the point where whenever I receive a new message notification, I physically wince.
"I want to hire you"
"the project has started, we just need professional help"
"what is the cost?"
Every time I receive messages like this, I just want to scream "WHAT BLOOMING PROJECT??? GROW A BRAIN AND SPEAK FOR GOD SAKE!!!"
I did temporarily find relief from inbox zombies by sending them questionnaires. However, this is no longer working. Most people now just provide answers which leave more questions needing to be answered.
I do try to seek further clarification, but 3 or 4 messages in, buyers either drop off when it is clear they are not going to get a discount, or THEY get impatient with me wasting their time.
In the vast majority of these cases, it also turns out that all a person messaging needed to say initially was something like:
We are a homemade ice cream parlor in CapeTown, could you help us with copy for our website?"
But for some reason, people are cognitively incapable of consolidating their briefs. When asked for clarification, some even take this to mean that they need to send me 500-1,000 outlines of how to write an SEO article.
The really annoying thing at present, though, is that while I waste time on messages like this, I get orders coming in from buyers who need no long rambling inbox conversations. They just place a blooming order.
So that’s it. I’m just not replying to messages anymore. Sayonara time wasters!