Thursday, 7 March 2013

RSVP...are you a [email protected]?

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.



Sketch 35 of 75


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 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 protected]' 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...


32 comments:

  1. beautiful sketches, I admit I get frustrated with this same problem, I want people to know I acknowledge their comment, then when I go to respond by email, ( my method by choice) I get noreplyblogger, hoe do respond to their questions, its very complicated.I have had an application put on my computer to aide me visually so I am a happy camper and oh yes one more thing, I was a no reply blogger too until some one drew my attention to it! It is very complex this bloggie world but what did we do before it! I have made so many great friends , like YOU!!!!

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  2. hey Nic, I usually try to thank people for their comments on my blog. I know I don't post as often as you, but I really do appreciate the people who stop by and comment. Sometimes, If someone asks a question in the comment box, I'll answer them there, but also email them. In wordpress I can always see the email of the person who left the comment.

    lately, I've had no time at all and haven't commented back to the folks who left me comments. I feel badly about that. I know that I go back to peoples blogs sometimes to see if they responded to me.

    That probably didn't help, but there you go. :)

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  3. I followed the same process comment back/email/blog, including the frustration about no-reply. :D I try the e-mail first, if it doesn´t work I go to their own blogs and leave a comment there. I might start adding the "I tried to e-mail back but ..." type of thing.
    Fab sketches, just left a comment on FB as I came here through that path. :)

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  4. I always used to reply by email but now my account has been hacked, so no replying from me at the mo....
    Loving all your wonderful sketches Nic.

    Hugs Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Love your sketches, but I do not like replying by email, I think it is too unsafe! Valerie

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  6. You have a brilliant gift for capturing an animal with just a few strokes of a pen.

    I am pretty sure I am a no-reply blogger, but I am using Wordpress, and I haven't found any way to address it. I try to respond to comments directly,if I think they want a response, or if they asked a question.

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  7. I love the hamster soooo much, and am with you on the no reply comment thing... can be frustrating, and it seems that blogger randomly changes people to no reply at times... but I also have to admit that sometimes I don't reply to comments... I try to always reply if people have asked a question, but it can be hard to find the time when things get hectic... it is nice when I get the chance to reply and I like that I get to know people better and friendships have grown out of commenting and replying... one of the nicest parts of blogging...xx

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  8. Your dogs are amazing to me with details and emotions from their eyes!
    Thanks for that info. I just responded to six or more commenters on my blog and now I realize that unless they subscribe to receive comments by email they won't see what I said...so going to my settings before I forget what you said !

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  9. Oh, good that you found out how to do it! When people ask a question it is really much easier if you can just reply by email. I sometimes ask questions and then afterwards don't remember where I asked those questions, so when someone replies me by email it's much easier. Anyway, that being said: love your sketches again this week! Never knew there were some many different dogbreeds out there ... ;-)

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  10. I used to reply on the comment roll until just a few weeks ago when I realised I was probably replying to nobody!
    Bu when replying by email, I had the very same problem. So when I got a no reply commenter, I used to physically go to their blog and find their email address through their contact page. Then I'd copy and paste it on my email address bar and reply to them.
    Every time I do that, my email collects the addresses, so now I just click on contacts and do it that way instead and it takes half the time. So now, I only have to physically go and find an address if it's someone new... But on my own blog I can't find that edit button - maybe it's because mine goes through Google +. Would you mind letting me know if I do come up as a no reply blogger? I'm curious to know! And I love your sketches. What a beautiful sketchbook you'll end up with! I have nine days to go - Hurrah!! :0)

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  11. I love the sketches. . . their hairs are so artfully done. I find that I can hit the blogger and go to their website unless they are GooglePlus then I am unable to reply or see their blog and unless I can figure who they are on the PPFriday blog, the thankyou/reply/visit to their PPF site, goes unanswered because I am unable to get to them at all. It is a great disappointment to me because I love all the comments and certainly want to reply and thank. . . . Blessings, Janet PPF

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  12. Love your sketches, so wonderful and original characters!

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  13. Outstanding post! Your art is just amazing. Being a dog lover, your doggy eyes pull me in everytime. Regarding replying, I have had some issues with unwelcome visitors so don't have the reply enabled right now. I enjoy commenting and don't expect a reply but always enjoy when I see one.

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  14. Thanks for the info, and I love the end of the baby seal, is gorgeous.
    Saludos

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  15. Love your doggies! You do such expert drawings. I usually just click on their name in their comments on my post page and go to the blogs to comment. However, thanks for the heads up about the emails. I will probably change mine and hope I don't start getting spammers too.

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  16. I so love the details in your wonderful sketches-that "not a doggie" one is so darned cute! I'll bet you've already helped many with your post about commenting etc. I would have been in your shoes if it weren't for my son giving me so much blogging help.Happy PPF!

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  17. I just love all your work Nicola. They are all so darling and lovable. Glad you got your thingy straightened out. I usually thank everyone for stopping by and let them know that I will also be at their blog at the end of the comment section. If there is a question of sorts, I do reply to the comment. Again, excellent work and happy days to you.

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  18. you are so talented in capturing these little guys!!
    I wish you could sketch my Simon!!

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  19. Your work is so good. Love all you do. I need to figure out how to check if I am a no commenter or not. Never thought of it. I try to go to the persons blog to comment.. Used to comment on my blog but most don't get follow up comments so gave it up. But do so now and then for questions in case they do go back.

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  20. So often I reply to comments but if it's a busy week I can't! I especially want to reply to those who leave a long heartfelt comment because it means so much to me... I respond from the heart. Like you I don't often have an email address...so it's frustrating!!

    By the way this is the very first time I have clicked the ppf link with your name and got through....no matter how hard I try I'm sent to a google page. Usually I can only go through my comments to get to you!! So odd...but it seems fixed now yahoo!!

    Thanks for this post and your always beautiful art!! I hope more people get their emails hooked to their comments so I can respond!!

    Big hugs
    Giggles

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  21. This wa sa fun and rambling post- which I got in the end. I used to reply to my comments when I first started blogging 5 years ago, but can't now as it is just too time consuming.Love your sketches so much. Happy PPF.

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  22. Beautiful sketches -- animals are so hard for me. Everything you've written about comments and your concerns are things I've thought about a lot too. I just try to do the best I can with getting to people who comment on my blog, and to the other participants in challenges or blog hops I link to. But sometimes I can't - life gets in the way. And I just let it go. Don't worry about it. Making time for your art is most important. Happy PPF!

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  23. Wonderful sketches!
    I only learned about the no-reply from Kristin and Eva and Paint Party Friday...they are so great! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  24. Such wonderful sketches, you should make a book? Love the little hamster, he is so cute! Thanks for the info on noreply, I had no idea!

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  25. Lovely wonderful sketches! And thanks for the info! I had no idea about the all this as I'm not a very frequent blogger.

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  26. lovely new pieces....i try to visit everyone that pops by!

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  27. Your sketches are fabulous Nic but I've told you that before. Thanks for dropping by... There we are, I go to people's blogs when I can or I reply on my blog when I know it is a regular who has left a comment or a question. Like Tracey above said, it is all dependant on time. I value each and every comment I get but I could also spend my life replying to people that never come back or only come to see me once.

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  28. So much personality in your sketches! love them...as for comments, I visit the commentor's blog and leave a comment for them too. excellent idea to bring this up...especially for people like me who aren't all that techno-savvy!

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  29. I don't always expect a personal reply when I leave a comment. I just want the blogger to know someone out there has seen and appreciates their work. I try to reply to comments on my blog when I have time. I love it when I can reply by email and I put up thank you comments to all on my blog. Busy introverts can only do so much :). I love your dogs, of course, but that view of the hamster is so charming! The bright eyes and the little hands/paws -- I want to write a story about her. Thanks for the beautiful work and inspiration!

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  30. Nic - i am so glad you asked this question! I had planned on asking the same thing! I used to email commentors but ran into the no-reply thing so i started replying on my blog + realised that no one saw it! I have also tried commenting on others blogs, but i would get lost in blogland + if someone left comments a couple of posts in a row it seemed weird to thank them 4 days in a row?

    Love your seal this week - just gorgeous x

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  31. I have noticed, while trying to get into this little art circle, is that a lot of people who have art blogs have no clue how to go about such things. Me, I've been blogging for like, 8 years now, unfortunately, maybe I know too much about such things.

    I think it's a pain when people are no-reply bloggers, because not all the time do I have the time to go back to their blog to comment, like you said. It's all very MEHHH. So, If I am able to reply via email, I do. If I can't... Their loss. I do end up replying upon my blog... If they come back, they see, if they don't... Their loss again. LOL. But I do try hard to go back to people's blogs who have commented. It's difficult, but it is the best way to gain followers, and genuine comments, you know?

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