Sunshine Quilts

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Email Addresses & Comments

Patti has a great post today about showing your e-mail address in your comments. I encourage everyone who reads the blogs, and especially those of you whose comments include questions to read her post today. I'm not sure why you aren't using your e-mail address. If it's because you don't want spam or a virus or whatever, maybe you could use a free e-mail address from yahoo or gmail. I welcome your comments. . in fact, I love your comments but . . I do not answer questions if I can't e-mail you the response. Many of you (I'm surprised how many!) comment and ask a question but I can't respond to you because it comes across as a "no reply" address. I've seen some bloggers list the questions and then respond in a separate blog entry. I'm not going to do that! So .. if you want an answer, make sure your e-mail shows up in whatever I receive. The "quilt for an hour" project will begin on Monday and I already know . . someone is going to send me a question in a comment and there's going to be no e-mail address. Therefore, you are not going to get a response and you're going to wonder why. So, keep sending those comments whether or not your e-mail address shows up but don't expect a response if there's no return address. Judy L.

13 Comments:

  • Hear, hear! I think another problem is that some people don't realize that they don't have their email connected with their comments. So if you're in doubt... please check. :)

    And I'm like you Judy, I just give up at trying to reply to people without email addresses. I'll be more than happy to swap emails like crazy explaining or discussing an issue, but it's hard to do when you don't have an address to write to.

    By Blogger Leah S, at 8/08/2006 04:24:00 PM  

  • Thanks Judy - maybe if enough of us say this then people will actually listen!

    By Blogger Patti, at 8/08/2006 04:28:00 PM  

  • I updated my blog today. I'm pretty sure I set it to accept emails when I began (because I received one) but learned today it was blocked. So don't lose patience, maybe others are in the same boat I found myself in this morning.

    As a person new to blogging I will say a bit of thought was put in on publishing my address in the beginning. You don't know who your meeting or who's out there. After only a couple of weeks, I feel comfortable and have felt warmly welcomed.

    By Blogger Libby, at 8/08/2006 04:47:00 PM  

  • I agree with Libby - I was uncomfortable at first. Plus, I didn't realize that my comments had a "non-reply" attached to them. I tested my own blog and discovered my comment had no e-mail address. For those who do not know how to change this, edit your profile, under Privacy check the box to show e-mail address. Thanks Judy (and Patti) for bringing us up to speed.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 8/08/2006 05:12:00 PM  

  • yep, easy enough to use an address specifically for blogs--free ones abound and many ISPs let you have a passel full of them with your accounts. Easy enough to change them if you expect an answer or comment in return.

    Your quilt for the hour a day looks interesting, very interesting! Good job, Judy. I'll try to clear the decks by Monday.

    By Blogger Linda_J, at 8/08/2006 05:54:00 PM  

  • Karen (Sewprimitive) pointed out to me that I had no reply and helped me correct it yesterday - thanks Karen- I didn't realize.

    By Blogger Gail, at 8/08/2006 06:18:00 PM  

  • That's pretty much my take on replying to comments also. I do have my email listed but I also use a throw-away email address. I have I think 500 of them available with my website so I can just change them out as needed. But in the year I've been using it I've never received any spam on the blogmail one I use with the blog.

    I'm looking forward to your hour-a-day project.

    By Blogger Nancy, at 8/08/2006 06:54:00 PM  

  • I didn't realize I could connect my email to my comments. Good thing Leah said something! I have it all updated now. Email should show with blogger comments. We hope.

    Looks like you have got a large response for this project. I am VERY excited!

    By Blogger deputyswife, at 8/08/2006 07:32:00 PM  

  • Thanks for this valuable information. I share your frustrations when questions are asked and you can not reply because there is no valid e-mail address. I look forward to joining you on Monday. We will see if I can keep up! *VBG*

    By Blogger Norma, at 8/08/2006 09:06:00 PM  

  • You tell 'em! I knwo I had mine "off" in the begining, but when I changed it was o.k. after all! (Now I should change my blogger dislpay name too - but I am connected to The Calico Cat...)

    By Blogger The Calico Cat, at 8/09/2006 07:36:00 AM  

  • I agree with leaving a valid address the reason why my address didn't show up is that I tend to use the "other" identity to leave my comment which doesn't include a field for email address.

    As my blog wasn't a Blogger one, I didn't have a Blogger identiy intially, thus had to use the "other" identity. I now have a Blogger account for commenting and just have to get into the habit of using it when commenting on Blogger/Blogspot blogs!

    I also have had the same problem Libby did where my URL and email address keeps getting reblocked so its a good idea to check your settings every so often.

    Thanks for the reminder Judy.

    By Blogger Ama, at 8/09/2006 09:08:00 AM  

  • I get 1000 spam messages a day. Yes, not a typo. And changing email addresses is tiring. I think one of the reasons I got so many is from typepad which requires your email address to send a comment. My email address is not listed. Changing the email address and then making it public doesn't help.
    So if you don't want to post your answer in your post, you're welcome to come over to my blog and post a comment there. If that's too much work, don't worry - I understand, and won't blame you for not responding.

    By Blogger Shelina, at 8/09/2006 02:56:00 PM  

  • I agree with Shelina. I just don't want to publish my e-mail. I like it when questions are answered in the blog because they are interesting. But I usually try not to make a comment that requires an answer because I know that usually I won't get one. No problem. If I really want to get an individual dialogue going then I will e-mail the person myself instead of commenting.

    By Blogger Laurie Ann, at 8/09/2006 03:14:00 PM  

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