Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friends tell friends...

when they are a "No-Reply" Blogger!

Sara Midda, In and Out of the Garden
I needed a cute pic for this post

About a year ago a sweet blogging friend you all know sent me an email. The jest of the message was that she wanted to "respond" to my comments that I had left on her blog posts, but couldn't because I was a "No-Reply" Blogger. "What???" I thought, "you're kidding!" But sure enough I was. She was kind enough to let me know, because I had no idea. You might be thinking, "well, that's not me", but most of you are. When we switched over to Google + our blogs automatically became "no-reply". This is what it means. If you don't have your comment setting associated with an email address that is set to return comments to your email address, no one can get back to you from your comments.

Each day I go through my emails, and so many times I want to thank you, or get back to you with an answer to a question, but I can't. I don't remember how many times, I've typed out a comment, but when I've gotten ready to send it back to you, it goes no where. poof. gone. out in cyberspace and you'll never know that I, or many others have tried to respond to your comment.

Actually about 3/4 of bloggers are "No-Reply". Yesterday, I was reading your comments in email, and 10 people in a row were "No-Reply". To know if you are, all you have to do is leave yourself a test comment on your blog, then go to your emails. When you click on that "comment" and click to send a reply it will show if you have an email address next to your name, or if it says "No-Reply Blogger". I bet some of you will be surprised!

I hear so many people complain about comments in general, but they are not receiving the ones that friends are sending. I'm sharing this with you today, because I'd want to know if this was happening to me. I'm giving you a couple of links for you to read and follow. All you really have to do is to "google" Are you a No-Reply Blogger or something similar. There are YouTube videos and a number of places that give instructions how to fix this. Please check out those posts and video tutorials, they can explain it so much easier than I would be able. It's a little of a process, but easily fixed. Click HERE and HERE.

OK, thanks everyone,
 please double check to see if this applies to your blog.
P.S. If you want to stay a "No-Reply" blogger I totally respect that.
This is for those who didn't realize they couldn't get replies.



  1. :) Thanks Debra. I went to check and sure enough... I was guilty! Ever so often I go and check... but I guess I have been lax.
    Corrected! Happy weekend.
    Hugs, Gee

  2. Thanks for posting this.....I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who aren't aware of this because they ask me questions in their comments and probably wonder why I don't answer. Well I try to anyways.....
    Have a great weekend!!!

    1. I know, Des, that's the worst part. If someone asks a question and there's no way to get back with them. sometimes I just have a little something that I'd rather not be public, or something silly that only they would "get". thanks for leaving a comment, you know how I feel.

  3. Debra...I had no clue that I was a no reply blogger until you told me several months ago. I am all fixed least the last time I checked.

    Someone told me that if I reply to someone in my comments section that they will not see the reply. Is that true? If so, I guess it is better to reply to them by email.

    1. gosh Sheila, I'm not sure. Let's find out! I'll reply alson by email. Let me know.

  4. For a while I noticed some bloggers that I knew that were normally someone you could reply to would show as a no-reply. Intotally dislike Google + and wish I'd never have signed up for it.
    I've been noticing I'm getting comments on the blog but the comments are not always showing up in my e-mail. I have no idea why but I have seen others complaining about having the same problem.

  5. Great information. I am not a "no reply" blogger because I get lots of emails:) Have a blessed day dear Debra, HUGS!

  6. Thank you for putting this out there! I too have been frustrated when I can't reply to someone's sweet comment! I also can't leave comments on the google+ comment boxes either! Any ideas for that?!

  7. I had this problem when I switched to Google+ for fortunately, a very kind fellow blogger and friend let me know - about 6 times! I'd go through all the steps to fix it and somehow, it would reset itself at some point. I finally got totally fed up and switched back to Blogger. So far, so good. I am no longer a nobody! LOL! I hope that this solution works better for others than the one I used did for me. Thank you so much for bringing this problem to everybody's attention! Hugs, Leena

    1. I agree, and think the Google + thing is too difficult and not really user friendly. I've gone back and forth, but I know that it's another way for people to find me and follow, so I'm trying to adapt. thanks for leaving a comment, Leena

  8. Thanks for telling about this, Debra. I have a lot of commentors that are listed as "no-reply" and sometimes if I don't notice when I type an answer, I send it off thinking they have gotten it. I don't do Google + and have a real problem when sometimes I want to reply to someone who is and I can't figure out how to get into their blog. Probably, just me, but it is frustrating. I just figured this is how they want to be listed, but after reading your post, maybe not. On my next post I will put a little something in about this..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  10. OOPS. Thanks for the information. Your Blog is lovely. My first visit but I will be back.

  11. Debra just my input here :) I am no-reply on purpose :) First of all, if I comment on SOME blogs, I have a choice to enter my blog, email address, etc. There, my email is plain to see for the hostess. On OTHER blogs, I can only enter a Google ID thing. THAT is where people must get the "No Reply " from.

    For awhile, I changed the No-Reply on Google only to be dismayed to see my email full...even from people that used to visit my blog and were now simply replying in email.

    I am WP and I don't have email set up with my blog. I see comments...and I either : answer them if the reader does not have a blog, or I visit the blogger that commented.

    Hope this gives another view to the situation :)

    I went back to "No Reply " / if someone wants to return a visit, great ! :) If not, I just want to keep my email clean and lean unless it is in regards to some specific question / situation :)

  12. Debra this is so helpful. I've been on the fence with the Google + and I still am after reading this. One thing I've noticed is that comments that I see on the bottom of my post don't always show up in my email which I can't figure out. Honestly I feel like I need a tutorial to keep up with my blogging ha.

  13. OMG!!! so many post comments and I want to reply but can' reply blogger.
    So then if I want to comment I need to always go to their blog and find their email know the rest.
    This is very time consuming....Thanks!! I hope many read this post.

  14. I am so glad someone told me right from the beginning! It makes it easier to respond and get to know people when you can email back and forth. It also helps you visit their blog more frequently for the interaction -- you get to bond a little rather than just being a "face in the crowd". Since I made the changes with Google to no longer be a "no-reply blogger" it has flipped back to that default once, but I try to stay on top of it and want people to let me know if it happens again! I'm so glad you posted this! Have a great day!


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