Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do You "No"?

Are you a "No Reply" blogger?

Do you know what I mean by that?

If I were a betting woman, I'd have to guess that a bunch of bloggers don't know if they are one or not! They may not even know what it means to be a "no reply" blogger.

I have set up Blogger so that I get an email anytime one of my friends leaves a comment on any of my blog posts. (I've included instructions for the settings below.) I don't have to go back to Blogger to see the comments. It's very handy. Also, if I want to reply to a comment, I can simply send an email to my blog friend. My blog friend doesn't have to go back to my blog post to see if I responded. I can do all of this through the miracle of technology.... unless.... you are a "no reply" blogger!

If you are a "no reply" blogger this is what it looks like when I try to reply by email:

Do you see who the email is addressed to? 

Oh, how sad for me. This means that if I write a response, it goes off into never-never cyberland and you will never see it. Whoever @blogger.com> is, sure must get a lot of emails!

Some people have purposely set up their system so they won't get email replies for privacy reasons. But, since I believe that the 'no reply' setting is the default setting, many folks may not even be aware of it. (You can leave a comment to this post and I can let you know if you are a "no reply" blogger, if you aren't sure.)

So... if you'd like to change your settings so that bloggers can respond to your comments by email do the following:

1. Click on "Dashboard" on the upper right side of your screen when you are logged in to Blogger. (If you don't see "Dashboard" try clicking on "New Post" then look up in the corner.)
2. Click on "Edit Profile" on the left
3. Check the box that says, "Show my email address"
4. Scroll down and save your profile settings

Now, if you leave comments on my blog I will get an email with YOUR email address on it, and I'll be able to reply to your comment! Easy Peasy!

If you want to set up your Blog so that comments to your posts go to you by email:
1. Click on "Design" or "New Post" to access the back end of Blogger.
2. Select the "Settings" tab.
3. Click on the "Comments" option.
4. Scroll all the way down and enter your email address in the box for "Comment Notification Email"
5. Save your settings.

Now, you should begin to receive comments left on your blog posts via email. Oh, if you do this Blogger is the only one who knows what your email address is. So, this still maintains privacy if you don't want folks to know your email address.

And, to address a recent issue that makes my eyes cross and my face twitch... if you want to remove Word Verification, this is also where you would do it. When you are in the Settings tab and have selected "Comments" you will see "Yes" or "No" buttons for "Show word verification for comments?" This is located a few options above the "Comment Notification Email." Ever since Blogger changed their Word Verification to a two-word format, responding to blogs that require Word Verification has become a bit more difficult. Some bloggers may not be aware that they require the verification, and they can check their settings here.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting me in the "NO" I didn't realize that I was one of them and I have sorted it out, thanks to you and your instructions! :)

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  2. Ok. I think I was a no reply, but now I'm not. I think!

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  3. Camryn here:
    This is a test, this is only a test...Am I a no-reply?

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  4. I had no idea what no reply was all about. Thanks for the explanation. I am certain I am a reply..as I have heard from you! Great post about the ins and outs of blogging:)

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  5. I get comments forwarded to my email. I guess that means I am a reply blogger. It's a nice option to use.

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  6. I removed my word verification for a couple of days and started getting some real trash which I deleted. Ended up going back to verification. Fortunately I do get to check them on email before they are posted.

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  7. Your "helpful" nature is obvious. Although I am not a blogger, I appreciate your providing info & step-by-step instructions for your blogging friends. As the saying goes --- "Once a teacher, always a teacher!"

    Anne

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  8. I am NOT a no reply blogger and I have my comments set up the same way as you do. I think I will direct bloggers to this post! I don't like it when they are noreply because I like to respond via e-mail too, and rarely does anyone come back and check comment replies. Thanks for the information and for taking the time to post this.

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  9. Good post! I try to reply as much and as often as possible, and it's way easier with email because a lot of people (myself included) don't always go back to see if the blog owner left a response on their site or not. I'm not as good at replying as I'd like but with email it's easier to keep up and to form more friendships and contacts and it's great to be able to make sure someone is getting your reply - especially when you really want to thank them or share something with them.

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  10. I took off the WV for about two hours - that's all it took for the spam to start rolling in. As big a pain in the arse as it is, the WV went right back up. I just hope people will adjust and will continue to leave comments on my blog.

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  11. I am trying the no word bit. And the email bit. We shall see what happens. I hope it will be an improvement!

    Cat

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