All too often, however, I get these lovely, insightful comments in my inbox and I'm stirred to respond, but when I hit the "reply" button I am met with the Address Bar of Doom: aka the No-Reply Commenter.
Oh, the humanity.
Now what shall I do? I can either reply via a comment on my own blog, which isn't very effective because I personally never check back after I comment on someone's blog, or I can start a round of comment tag. I typically comment on people's blogs who visit mine anyways, because I really appreciate their visit, but there just has to be a simpler way to say "Loved your comment~ thanks!'
Hold on to your pants folks because there IS a simpler way!
All you have to do to make it easier for people (a.k.a blogspot bloggers) to respond to your comment is check a teeny little box on your blogger/google profile:
I know I know, it's scary.
I had my email address hidden forever because I like my privacy, 'yo.
However, after reading a post about how to avoid being a 'no-reply commenter' (so sorry, I have no idea where it is now) I set up a gmail account that I didn't mind sharing online and I checked that little box.
I'm so glad I did.
I haven't had any spam from it and I now receive responses from blogs that I comment on, because for them it's as simple as replying to an email. I've even received a couple responses from 'big bloggers, like Cheri @ I am Momma Hear Me Roar.
Excuse me while I pick up the name I just dropped.
After you check that little box, you will now have a link under your profile picture that looks like this:
You have just made it MUCH easier for people to respond to you when you leave a lovely, thoughtful comment on their blog, and you are no longer a "No-Reply" commenter.
Here's one more tip, for those of you who are receiving blog posts via email. Did you know, you don't even have to visit the blog to comment? Just hit 'reply' on the email in your inbox and write them an email response. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie.