Today I want to ask my fellow bloggers about how they deal with comments on their blogs. More specifically how they reply to comments left. By the way the illustrations to this post are completely irrelevant to the contents but relate to the 75 day challenge that I'm still doing. These are sketches 35 - 38.
I do appreciate when anyone takes the time to leave a comment on a blog post although I didn't used to have time to reply individually. Recently though I've had more free time and have been trying to reply to individual comments as I want folk to know I've read them.
|Sketch 35 of 75|
|Sketch 36 of 75|
On my blog there is a thread option so that I can reply directly to a comment. Perhaps naively, I sort of assumed that if I replied to a comment that way that the recipient would be notified by email or internet fairy or something. Then it dawned on me that if I have to go back into someone else's blog to see if they've responded specifically to a comment I left them (which I do on occasion if I've asked a question) then obviously unless folk return to my blog they won't know I've left a reply for them. And let's be honest, with so many blogs to visit each week, none of us really have the time to revisit each one for follow up comments.
So then I thought well, I'll just visit their blog and thank them for their comment on my blog by leaving a comment on their blog. Yes, it all gets very convoluted so, with that in mind, I decided that perhaps replying to comments by email would be the way to go about it. I then noticed however that most of the emails said 'email@example.com' which made that idea a non-starter.
|Sketch 37 of 75|
Then, as coincidence would have it, Denthe left me a comment on a post on Monday telling me she'd tried to email me a response to a question I'd left on a comment on her blog (are you still with me?) and she couldn't because it turns out that I too am one of those pesky noreply-comment folk! Who knew! She couldn't remember how to change the settings so I did a bit of Googling and discovered a blog post on just that exact topic! Thanks to PBJStories for the tutorial. Basically it's as easy as going into your blogger profile and ticking the bit about making your email visible - hey presto folk can then email you in reply to your comments!
|Sketch 38 of 75|
I'm guessing I'm not the only one who had no idea that the noreply thing even was a thing so if you aren't sure then have a wee gleek at your profile and make sure you tick the box!
Anyway, I hope this is helpful to you if you didn't already know it and sorry if it was boring if you did already know it! I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and will as always visit as many folk as possible. I'll even be able to reply to comments via email if this post does its job!
You can catch up with my other posts from this week here:
Eek, It's NOT a dog sketch...