Saturday, May 30, 2009

Win of the Week: Email and your Blogger profile

One of the downfalls to Blogger, if you ask me, is that it doesn't require an email address when you leave a comment. I can't tell you how many times someone has left me a comment that I'd like to reply to (ahem - Weasel Momma - coughcough - LceeL - ahem) but don't have the time to go out to their blog, read their latest post and comment on it. And if I do, sometimes I forget just what it was I was going to say once I read that post.

Recently I've gotten a few emails and a comment or two as to how this all works, so I thought it would be a good topic for my Win of the Week post.

Here's the skinny:

In order to have your email address appear on comments you leave on Blogger blogs, you need to add it to your profile. When you log in to Blogger, you first land on your Dashboard. On the left hand side, you'll see your profile pic and a link to edit your profile. Click that.

You'll then get the screen below. Put a check in the box to display your email address. If you're worried about spammers or fishers or robots finding your email address online and publishing it, don't. I've been blogging for nearly a year and a half and have never had a problem with my email address being in my Blogger profile.

how to add your e-mail address to your Blogger profile

I believe by default the email address you used as your username (when creating your Blogger account) will be filled in the email address box. I changed mine long ago to one that didn't reveal my last name. Make sure whichever email address you want used is in the email address box.

Click save - going forward someone will be able to view this email address from your Blogger profile or if you leave a comment on their blog and they get their comments delivered via email.

So - next step. Get your comments sent via email. (Which will, of course, allow you to reply to them.) Click on the Settings tab, then the Comments page. Scroll all the way down to the bottom until you find a the box below. Type in the email address where you'd like your comments to go.

adding your e-mail address to your Blogger settings

There's also a box on this page (just above this) labeled "Comment Form Message" where you can put in a little blurb that appears above the comment box when folks are leaving a comment.

I hope this helps you! If it did, you know...leave me a comment. ;-)


Leighann said...

Good points! I have my e-mail public and I get my comments by e-mail. Makes things a lot easier.

But thanks for the reminder...I need to change which e-mail I am using.

WeaselMomma said... (just put it in your address book of favorites).

I just hope all of your responses to my comments were un hostile!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I learned this by default, but am SO glad I did it!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

I need to address this one on my blog, too. I've started replying via email instead of leaving a new comment. But so many people don't include their email in their profiles! Thanks for the simple explanation - I'll link to it when I talk about it on my blog!

Kim H. said...

Colleen, way back when you set me straight on this, so thank you! And you didn't even make me feel like a dumbass. I knew there was a reason I loved you!