When your blog readers leave you a comment, how do you read them and respond to them? Do you go to the actual blog post, read the comments, then click on that person's profile, find their email address or try to comment on their blog?
Do you respond to it directly under the comment with the "Reply" button, because that only replies to the comment on THAT post and it doesn't get "sent" to that person. They have to return to your blog and see if you've responded. Most people are so busy blogging and commenting, they forget to go back and check.
One quick and easy way to respond to a comment is to have the comments sent to your inbox at your email address. That way you are sent any comment that is left on your blog like an email. This is perfect for people who are leaving comments right now on posts that are 2 years old. You can see the new comment in your inbox and respond to it.
Blogger, however, doesn't automatically send your comments to your email address. You have to tell Blogger to do it!!
So let's get started...
Go to your dashboard and click the drop down arrow to SETTINGS.
On the left, towards the bottom, click "MOBILE AND EMAIL".
There will be a box in the middle. Add your email address that you want the comments sent to.
This is a perfect time to suggest opening a separate email account just for blogging. I use Gmail. It's great and free. Having a blog email account keeps your blogging and personal emails separate.
Don't forget to click SAVE SETTINGS after you've added the address...
Here is a screen shot of the post I do for "Ask The World A Question". People ask all kinds of questions and my readers help out and answer the questions using the reply button under the comment.
The reply button under a post works great in this situation or if you want to answer a question under a comment so everyone can read it too.
However, if you want to respond to a comment one on one, using the email system is so much easier and more personal.
To help with blogging, emailing and responding, your email address has to be enabled in your blogger profile, so you're not a "No Reply"...I know double negative there, but can't help it!
Click HERE to see if you might be blogging and commenting as a "No Reply".
I hope this helps make your blogging experience a little better.
Have a great day,