I feel like this at least 10 times a day and on Wednesdays after my link party even more. What happens is that I get an awesome comment so I go to reply to the comment and I can’t. The problem? The blogger who left the comment has their email, probably unknowingly so, hidden. They are what is called a no-reply blogger. If this is by choice by all means keep it that way but I know for many of you who are trying to grow your blogs probably don’t realize that you are closing off potential connections.
About 50% of all people who comment on my blog are no-reply bloggers. Are you one? If you haven’t taken the time to change your default settings you probably are.
I’ve noticed that every time I’ve had quality interactions with bloggers (especially bigger bloggers) it’s been through email. Often times I leave a comment and they reply to me directly through email and it’s easy and natural to have a back and forth. For me I rarely have time when a comment appears in my inbox to my blog, open the comments page, clicking on the commentator’s ID, click on their blog, search for an email or leave a totally unrelated comment on a random post because there is no where else. That’s way too hard. If it’s a direct question I try to make the time to answer it but I’m not going to lie sometimes in my business I forget even though I have full intentions of doing so.
In short, if you make your email visible you make life easier for all of us and you’ll probably start making more connections with other bloggers which is totally fun. It’s super easy to do, and if you’re worried about spam, don’t. I have not had a problem with that at all.
First what you want to do is sign in and open your dashboard on blogger. Look in the upper right hand corner and click on your name.
On the pop up that opens click on “Blogger profile”
Find the box that says “Show my email address” and make sure it’s checked. Easy right? Okay and as much as I love love love it when you pin my posts, don’t just pin this to deal with later. Just do it now, it takes less than a minute.
update: I thought about this after reading a few of the comments QUESTION: Do you think we should tell NRB if we have time? I wasn’t sure if that should be reserved to “real friends”. I feel like there’s a few stages 1. strangers 2. have commented multiple times and 3. real friends . What do you guys think, tell or just let the real friends tell?