Sunday, February 27, 2011

Are you a No Reply Blogger? :(


Don't be a no reply! :)
 Since I've posted this weekend some tips to help you (and me) make our blogs better I thought I would address separately about what so many commented yesterday to be their biggest pet peeve of all in blog-land... the no reply blogger.

What does that mean, you ask?

Well it means that if you comment me I can't email you back a response.

All comments from my blog (and likely your blog if you set it up that way) go to your email so you are notified that you have a new comment.

In my account, I open the email, read the comment and then almost always reply back to you with answers to your questions, my own comments, or just a thanks for stopping by.

However, if you are a no reply blogger that comment goes out into the Internet and never comes back. Actually it heads to an email address that reads mailto:noreply@blogger.com and you never get an answer from me.

I can understand new bloggers being leary about having their email address out there, but it's very simple to set up a dummy email for just your blog where you can be replied to. I did that in the beginning too, until I realized no one was actually going to hack my real email and steal my life. :) LOL!

I urge you to remove no reply from your account and  add an email address that you can be replyed to at. Even if that email address is created strictly for your blog. I want to be able to answer you back when you ask a question. :)

To remove no reply from your account and add an email address...

Go to your Dashboard.

Click Edit Profile on the Left hand side under your picture.

Click the box to Share my profile.

Click the box for Show my email address.

Scroll down and under the Identity area add the email address you would like to be replyed to at. If you don't want to use your regular email then create an account just for blogger.

Scroll down and click Save Profile.

That's it! Your done and you have made it easier for your blogging friends to keep in touch with you!

I hope that this post helps you make your blog more user friendly! :)

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

Until next time...

Carmen and the Primcats

9 comments:

SANDI said...

Hello-
I just started a blog of my own a few days ago. Still trying to figure things out. Thanks for the tip about the e-mail. I have a question though...When I click on your box (or anyone's box) that says e-mail me...I get a message that says "could not perform this operation because default mail client not properly installed." What does that mean? How do I fix that? Thanks for sharing.
sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Football and Fried Rice said...

I hate the no reply!!, I love t be able to send an email back (& love to get them too from my comments)!

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

I guess I must not be a "no reply" because I get emails from when I leave a comment. It was pure accident I can tell you that but I do love hearing from you and others after I leave a comment.8-)
Blessings,
Lorna

Sheila said...

Carmen~
I can't thank you enough for focusing on this topic! I sure hope it helps others out there who have the "no reply" email. All to often I've received wonderful comments or been asked questions about something I made that is for sale and I'm unable to contact that person. Then I feel horrible because I know they are waiting a response. I've gone so far as to look in their profile to get an email address and sometimes have been unable to.
Bless you for taking the time to bring this to our attention.
~Sheila
http://seasonsofthyheart.blogspot.com
http://countryimpressions.blogspot.com

The Old Cupboard Door said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't realize I was a "no-reply". I've taken care of that and hope to hear from my blogging friends.

~willa~

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Amen... I'm glad you posted about the no reply emails... I to answer all my emails and hate it when I can't because it is a no Reply email address... Hopefully this will help those who didn't know they were a no reply and also those who might consider changing to a reply email..

Blessings
Tonya/Mom

TheRustyThimble said...

Well said Carmen gee I am glad I seen this I have not had much time online been so busy.
I love to reply to comments do not always get that chance to.
But also the past two giveaways I have had I have not been able to contact the winners resulting in me choosing another winner.
Ok I am off to read somemore LOL before I get back to work
Brenda

Patti said...

Carmen~ I sent you an email. I'm sorry if I am a no reply blogger but I have my account set up to receive but I'm not receiving anything. I am so confused.

~Madalynne~ said...

Great info Carmen! This is a bit embarrassing, but I didn't even know you could have comments forwarded to email until last week! DUH! I must live in a cave!