I try to send a private email reply to most of the comments that I receive. (depending on what else is going on, sometimes I'm better about this than other times.) Six of the comments I received on that last post were from lovely readers who may or may not know that their email addresses are not visible in their profile. I always return the favor and visit blogs in exchange ... sometimes finding treasures that I continue to return to again and again. Honestly, though, it's still not the same as being able to share a private conversation with someone ... via email, that is.
Preaching to the choir? Beating a dead horse? I still have to give this a shot, in case I can reach just ONE blogger and help them build their network and their friendships.
Do you know if you are a No Reply blogger? If you are on Blogger, here's how to check.
1. Click on the "B" icon at the top of your blog home page.
2. Click on the icon in either corner of the Blogger overview page to access your profile.
3. Click the orange 'Edit Profile' button.
4. Check the box that says, "Show my email address".
5. Scroll to the bottom of that page, click "Save Profile".
That's all there is to it! (If you use another blogging service and do not have a Blogger Profile, I know there are ways to do this, I just don't know what they are.)
I make this plea at least twice a year, usually when I receive a frustratingly large number of comments that I cannot reply to. I know that some of you may have consciously chosen to not reveal your email address ... it's your email and your choice and I respect that. Others, and I have found this to be the majority of no reply bloggers, don't realize that this is the case for them. (This is especially true for new bloggers.)
Make this change and I guarantee that your blogging experience will be a richer one. For me, direct email contact has led to online and real-live-in-person friendships that I would not have otherwise.
Now go check your profile and let me know what you find.