Hey bloggie friends!
This post has been rumbling around in my head for quite awhile, but I am just finally getting a chance to take the time and write it out. I wish I would have buckled down and written it ages ago though, because I really think it’s an important, easily fixable, point.
First off, how awesome are comments? I love them. You love them. Be honest with yourself – a post with no comments seems like such a lonely post. Comments are great. Comments are virtual hugs. 🙂
That being said, I love responding to comments. Sometimes I just don’t have time, but often I want to respond individually to something someone wrote me, but more often than naught, I hit “reply” from my email and get the lovely “no-reply@blogger” notice. Grrrr! I generally assume that you haven’t opted to subscribe to the comments on my post, so replying there isn’t an option. Then I either have to (1) take the time to go to your blog and leave a random reply comment on a random post of yours, or more likely, (2) not respond.
Did you know this was a super easy fix (that doesn’t require you giving up your anonymity)?!
First, create a “filler” email account that is tied to your blog. For me, I did mycheapversionoftherapy (at) gmail (dot) com. That way if I wanted to keep my anonymity, I could. The perk of this is that my blog isn’t linked to my real gmail address google profile (so IRL ppl can’t find me that way). However, in my case, I’m lazy, and I set up that email to automatically forward to my “real” gmail address, so if you write me an email and I respond, you’ll know my real name. That doesn’t bother me, but for those of you who are maintaining more anonymity than myself, just don’t set up the forwarding function (and be sure to check that separate blog email account!).
Then, log into your Dashboard, click on Edit Profile.
Scroll down to Identity, and next to Email Address, fill in that new blog identity email. This does not change your log-in email.
**Also make SURE that “show my email address” is checked up above that in privacy settings. It should show the blog email you just set up as the email address shown. To double check this, save your profile and go back into edit to see which email it shows on the right.
Click on Save Profile.
BAM! You’re done! Now people can reply directly to your lovely internet hugs directly via email.
C’mon… do it! You know you wanna… 🙂