Bear with me, I'm gonna go back a bit to help get the problem clear. When any of us first started our blog, Blogger asked us to enter an email address and "warns" that this will be public, people will see this email address. Many of us, at this point, kinda panic. We think, "Hey, I've heard that giving out my personal email is bad so since Blogger doesn't require me to enter an email, I wont!". Now, as we new bloggers go through the arduous process of setting up our blog, usually we do end up using an email somewhere publicly. BUT this public email (in all probability) hasn't been directly connected to our blog the way Blogger requires. So we never even know that something is amiss.
If you didn't initially fill out that public email box with your email address then Blogger can never send any replies you get from other bloggers. Here's what's happening... YOU comment on your friend's blog. YOUR FRIEND receives an email with your comment to her. She clicks "reply" and your name fills in the email address section with a Blogger email address because you didn't connect your email address directly to Blogger. This Blogger email address (email@example.com) is a dumping ground for emails that have no where to go. The person replying to you never figures out that YOU aren't getting HER responses to YOUR comment. This is because YOU are a No-Reply Blogger, you didn't initially connect an email address for Blogger to use publicly. YOU didn't tell Blogger where to send any responses.
The even worse thing is both YOU and YOUR FRIEND don't know that you aren't getting any responses. (So she thinks you're rude for not responding to her reply!) She doesn't know you're not getting her response and you don't know that she even responded. Here's a flow chart to help you see what's happening.
Now, ask yourself, have you ever wondered why no one ever seems to reply to your comments?? Do you wonder why you seem to get less email than others?? This just may be your problem. All your friends are replying to your comments and those replies are disappearing into the ether, they don't know it and neither do you!!
I only discovered this wasn't MY email problem when I happened onto a blog the other day and the blog owner (Brea of Utterly Chaotic) had gotten a bunch of these "not delivered" messages too. My ears perked up, it seemed the problem was way bigger than one or two replies not going through and it wasn't just something that had happened to me.
Alright, enough stalling, let me tell you the fairly easy fix to this disastrous email reply problem. First, you want to click on "Dashboard" in the right hand upper corner of your blog or click here. You will end up in the back room of your blog. It looks like this for me but it may look like the second one for you, I think it depends on whether you have one or more than one blog. (Remember, you can always click a picture to enlarge it.)
|multiple blog dashboard view||Single blog dashboard view|
Under the "Privacy" section, what you want to do is put a check mark in the box next to "Show my email address". Then scroll down a little to the "Identity" section and fill in the "Email Address" box with the email address you'd like to have as your public email.
Let me say a little about this. I decided that if I was going to be a public artist I might as well put the email address I always use in this section so everything goes to the same address. If you're uncomfortable with this or you want to keep Blogger email separate from your private (friends & family) email, then go and make a new email address using Yahoo.com or Gmail.com or some other online email client. It's easy to do, just keep your password, new email address and the link to the site together so you don't lose where you set up your new public email, lol. (I'd show you how to do this with Yahoo but I really don't have internet mail, as I said, I use my oilandwater email for everyone and everything. I just find it easier that way. To each his own.
I want to be clear, I respond to nearly every comment. If you haven't received a reply from me and you have left a comment, you just might be a No Reply Blogger. (I wouldn't want you to think me rude or anything, lol.) I hope everyone finds this helpful and informative, hopefully you'll all start getting your replies!
Waving from Western Canada,
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