Saturday, February 12, 2011

Are You Invisible?

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments yesterday regarding my glove problem.  It was very comforting to hear that many of you are plagued with the same issue ... whether the orphan items are gloves or socks.  Most of you have heard back from me via email.  I always try to send replies and thank yous, because I truly DO appreciate the time each of you takes to read my little slice of cyberspace. 

If you did not receive an reply from me, it is because your address was not visible when your comment was sent to my Inbox.  This is the default setting in your Blogger Profile.  This is SOOO easy to change, and doing so will open up your blogging experience far beyond where it is now.  Remember what I said the other day about making personal connections with other bloggers?  You can't do this if your email isn't visible so you can take your conversation offline and into private emails.

It is super easy to make this change.  Let's get to it:

1.  Open your blog and click on the red Blogger icon to go to your Dashboard.



2.  Click 'Edit Profile'.



3.  In the Privacy section, check the box that says "Show My Email Address".



4.  Scroll down to the 'Identity' section and type in an email address, if there isn't one there already.



5.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save Profile".



Done!!

This is an issue that is very important to me, and quite a few other bloggers that I know.  I struggle with it every day, as new readers visit and leave comments, and I can't contact them to let them know how much I appreciate their visit.  When someone asks a question with general interest, I try to answer it in the comments, but I don't want to put personal replies there.  Truthfully, I almost never go back to someone's blog to see if my comment has been answered publicly ... I know I can subscribe to subsequent comments via email, but I created quite a log jam in my inbox by doing that one time.

If you have consciously chosen to be a noreply-comment Blogger, may I be so bold as to ask why?  Part of what I love so much about blogging is learning from others ... and I really want to know what led you to your decision.

As I say in my greeting in my comment form ... noreply-comment@blogger.com is a bummer!

12 comments:

  1. Connie, Amen! and you have word verification on I just noticed. It is easy to lose that, too and google does a great job of keeping the spam out. It will come in your email, but won't be posted in your comments. I have checked several times.

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  2. YES!!! Say it Sister! This is so frustrating when you want to thank someone or answer a question...If they don't want to use their regular email then set up a special one just for blogging. Hugs, Linda

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  3. Thanks for the directions! I didn't have my address visible but I think I've fixed it now. Please let me know if I haven't! Most of the time on my computer I stumble around pretty cluelessly and it takes me awhile to figure things out.

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  4. My Blogger e-mail address used to be my real name, and I didn't feel comfortable having that out there. I've since made a new e-mail address that makes more sense with my blog, and I have enjoyed the increased interaction with others!

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  5. I agree! And you have given great instructions.

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  7. Thank you! I have just changed mine to allow my email to show. Good reminder! :)

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  8. It's a little frustrating when you connect with someone for your visit and thank you. I appreciate your comments, I like that I recognized on the network.

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  9. But you are happy with word verification? Recently went to Manic Gardener and was appalled/amused by the latest, to me, spam. They actually lift your opening sentences from your finely crafted post ... and use them to defy spam filters! I moderate comments. Yes, readers have to wait, but I do read all the comments. And some spam always slips thru before they close the gate. Diana of EE

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  10. I'm too spam-aware to leave my email out in the open. I use name/URL so that clicking on my Name takes you directly to my blog where any message of import is welcome. All comments come to my email. I'll find your blog if reply is needed.

    I use the moderation setting only to moderate replies more than 7 days old. Spammers love old posts.

    Another place to contact bloggers who are Blotanical members is on the Plots there.

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