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Let’s talk about email signatures March 1, 2022

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices.

Hey everyone! It’s ya gurl Jill. How has everyone been? Hopefully, most of you are healthy and doing well. This whole pandemic thing has really done a number on my mental health. I love our job and we were ideally suited for working through the pandemic, but living alone and being cut off from friends and family has really affected me. Sure, I have managed to stay COVID-free so far (vaccinated and boostered now), but I am still rather leery of attending large group events. I attended the ATA conference in person this year, and they did a great job with our group. Granted, we were only about 500 people, but it helped us keep some distance between us. I missed the hugs though. And if it hadn’t been for Zoom I would probably be typing this from a mental health facility. I’ve definitely been under a low-grade depression.

I haven’t blogged in a long, long time. It’s been almost a year and a half since my last “comics” post, but even longer since I had something to say. I always said I would still be here and chime in if I had something to say. Well, I would love to hear your opinions about email signatures. I am taking Corinne’s March Marketing Madness course, and the first task is to review our email signatures. I’ve had the same signature for a while, which means I could maybe spruce it up and bring it in line with the times.

What do you all think? Is less more? How many lines should a signature be? Graphics – yay or nay? I know some email clients might not be thrilled with graphics in the signature. Mine tends to pull all graphics out of a mail/signature and attach them as, well, attachments. I have several text-based signatures for my various email accounts.

This is my work email sig:


  • Your feedback is very much appreciated as an essental element of my quality assurance process *

Jill R. Sommer, M.A.

Translation (Ger->Eng) & Net Services
http://www.jill-sommer.com / http://translationmusings.com
Phone: +1-330-421-0057

And my “personal” account:


Jill R. Sommer, MA

No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message, however, a significant number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

And my Ethics Committee signature:


“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960), French Author, Philosopher, and Journalist

What do you all think? Are they OK as they are? Should I add something critically needed? Share your thoughts in the comments. I’m curious to see if anyone is still following this little blog o’ mine.



1. Ellen Hawley - March 2, 2022

I like them all, but the personal one is inspired.

2. Jeedle - March 5, 2022

I missed the blog, especially the comics. I don’t feel like I should judge the signatures since I am not in the biz.

3. EP - March 5, 2022

Great to have you back! I checked now and then and was sad to see the inactivity. Your posts are really funny! Health comes first though, of course. It looks like the worst is over for all of us, Covid-wise at least. Good luck!

I like your work email signature the best.

4. mdgb - March 9, 2022

Less is more. I’d tend towards a link to an active blog over any motivational quote. I used to have different sigs on mobile devices, but realised that most people realise when you are answering from a mobile device.

5. German/English TechPros (@HETranslations) - March 30, 2022

Can highly recommend the Quicktext add-on for Thunderbird to select from a number of predefined signatures and add them ‘interactively’ as appropriate.

Jill (@bonnjill) - April 1, 2022

I use Thunderbird, so I will definitely look into it. Thanks!

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