Hello friends! Today we’re taking a break from projects to talk bloggy bidness. I love blog comments…like, looove comments! I love them like popcorn with Milk Duds (which is a lot!). I even receive every comment via email, so I’m sure not to miss any. I’ve talked about making friends in this awesome blog community, and the way to do that is to strike up online dialog. And I can only do that if I’m able to respond to your comment, or other bloggers are able to respond to mine.
I’m talking to you, No Reply Blogger Person! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then I’m probably talking about you! How about some visuals to clear things up?
Here’s what my email looks like when I receive a comment from someone who has their Blogger account set “properly.”
See, there’s an email address tied to Amanda’s ID, so I’m able to respond to her question easily by just replying to the email.
Here’s a comment when it comes from someone who has their account on lock-down (probably unintentionally).
Oh man, MicahTj, I’d love to tell you I found the glasses at a thrift store, and I’m pretty sure they still sell them at World Market. But I can’t respond to you because your email is blocked. (Class, we’re not picking on MicahTj, we’re only using her as an example!) Since she’s
the dreaded ‘No Reply Blogger,’ I am left with three options:
- I answer the question with a comment on my own post, and hope she goes back and checks it. But who actually revisits a blog post? I don’t even remember what blog I’m reading half the time!?
- Search her out online and hope to find contact information. Let’s be honest, this isn’t going to happen. I’m busy hot gluing stuff.
- Ignore the question and feel like a complete ass for it.
I don’t like any of these options, so let’s get to the solution and fix this
naggy bloggy problem. Log in to your Blogger/Google account and click ‘Dashboard.’ It looks like this:
Then click ‘Edit Profile.’ There you’ll see a line that reads, ‘Show My Email Address’. Click the box and be liberated! The email address you enter here is simply where you wish to receive responses. Bloggers
shouldn’t won’t spam you or hunt you down, and no one will advertise your email address on a banner behind a plane. Make sure to save your new Setting.
Now our interactions can look more like this!
This fix is for Blogger/Google people. You smarty-pants WordPressers are too high-tech for me, and I have no idea how to help you. But I do know that I’m not able to respond to most of your comments.
So let’s be friends! Please update your settings so we can get to chatting!*
*Disclaimer: I do not respond to every comment (you know, because of the whole busy-hot-gluing thing), but I will always answer the questions!*
** Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick**