Saturday, October 13, 2012

Are you a No-Reply Blogger?

I get a lot of great comments on this blog, and I love replying to them as much as I can. I try to respond to everyone by email, which seems more likely to get a conversation going, and I try really hard to answer everyone, unless the comment is something like, "Nice," which is hard to know how to respond to. But in general, if someone says something interesting, it's nice to write back, and a lot of times it actually leads to a conversation about a subject we both have an interest in, so that's pretty cool.

Lately though... I've been getting a huge amount of  No-Reply Blogger  comments. Are you familiar with this concept? Basically there's a setting in your Blogger profile that allows you to "Show Your Email Address", which all that really means is that when you comment on my blog and I get your comment, I then have your email address to be able to respond to you.

If you don't check that option... it shows up in my email as being from  "No-Reply Blogger" , which basically means I can't reply at all to your comment. A lot of times it'll still link to your Google Plus page or to your blog, so sometimes if I have time, I will try to track you down and answer you that way, but... that get's pretty tedious and disjointed, so I usually don't go that route.

So... what I'm asking you is, can you go right now to your Google profile and please make sure you have this setting turned on so I can respond to your comments? 

I have received so many great conversation-starter comments recently that I can't reply to because they come from  No-Reply Bloggers . I really don't want to be ignoring you guys, but you've got to meet me halfway here!

If you're not sure if you're a  No-Reply Blogger , leave a comment below asking me about it and I promise to track you down this time and let you know. ;) If you don't hear from me in 24 hours, that means I couldn't figure out how to track you down and you ARE indeed a  No-Reply Blogger .

In that case, here are a couple of great tutorials on how to fix this:

  1. {If you're NOT using Google Plus}
  2. {If you ARE using Google Plus}

2 comments:

  1. Thanks again for letting me know and for taking the time to track me down. :) I can totally see that being tedius!

    The blogspot comment system really annoys me. I have many different gmail accounts and it was a pain to have to go in and set them all up properly for when I comment on blogspot blogs. I didn't want to have to sign out/into another one just to comment and I also didn't want my full name showing up. But if I don't comment with my google account, then I can't comment at all unless someone has a fancy commenting system like disquis or something. *sigh*

    But maybe I'm in the minority here since I don't have a blogspot blog. That could very well be.

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  2. I never got responding to blog comments via email. I'd rather see replies on the actual blog post, and I think most blogs have the option to subscribe to comments so readers can continue to follow the conversation.

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