These difficult/unusual/crazy times feels like it's the new way of asking "how's the weather". Where there's real concern, it's more likely posed as a question.
As for the rest, they're weird lol especially ping me. It feels 10 years old, when Blackberries were popular.
The first one I believe is a nice way to be considerate since it IS a difficult time. Even if it may not be you or but it could be for them.
By the way, I hope you are doing well in this difficult time as well as everyone else in this discussion.
"Ping me?" Who says that?
"Get the ball rolling." I googled this and the origin story is pretty cool: "The first origin story states that get the ball rolling is a sports term, taken from the game of croquet. Croquet came into existence in Britain in the mid-1850s, though a similar game named pall-mall had existed in France since the mid-1600s."
@jessehojjensen I agree, the intention is good. I like to start emails with something similar i.e. "I hope you're having a great day", "Hopefully, everything's great in your world", et cetera.
And thanks for the information about the origin of the "Get the ball rolling." Jesse.
Oh man, English is not my mother tongue, I had no idea somebody may dislike phrases like “I hope you’re doing well...”. I genuinely used it to be friendly.
I guess it makes sense if I think of something similar in Russian though! Thanks for bringing this up!)
@igorlanko that's not so bad. We used that long before the pandemic. To me, it just feels like a pretty American thing to say, like, "Hi, how are you?" where we care but don't actually want or expect a truthful response. 😂