There are some things I really like about Blogger. It's fairly easy to use. I like that my posts look they same when I write them as when they post. And it's great that it doesn't seem to crash and lock you out like it used to a few years ago.
The one thing I'm not crazy about though is the commenting system. I can't reply to ANYONE who leaves a comment now. Not even people who I've corresponded with for several years. Blogger, or Google, or whoever it is, blocks all of the email addresses.
I thought the whole point of blogging was to create a community of like minded people so that they could collaborate and CONNECT.
I just tried downloading a 3rd party widget which did not work for me at all, and now I look like a brunette version of the lady above. You know that feeling when you add something to your blog and are excited to view it only to find that you may have just lost 4 years of work.....that's how I felt until I figured out how to uninstall it...FAST!
So, my plea to any other Blogger bloggers out there is to PLEASE tell me what you use that lets you interact with your visitors? I need all the HELP I can get right now.
I probably won't be able to respond to you but I would be eternally grateful for your suggestions and guidance. Just leave a comment below or email me.
When people comment on my posts (in Blogger) there is a reply link below their comment, which I've only noticed recently. Comments can be replied to my me or anyone else and they show up but I don't know if the original commenter will be able to see it unless they stop back by the post. Like, I don't know if they receive an email that their post has a reply or not.
I have not messed with anything comment related on my blog for a year and I have no trouble. Makes me think you need to go back to the basic, but that sounds too simple. I know other bloggers have had problems when they linked their G+ to blogger, I must not have done that. Wish I could help you, guess my only advice is to start at the beginning and connect the dots to see why after all this time there is trouble in paradise. Also, test it, see if you can reply to me. If you don't hear back from me you know it didn't arrive.
Did you switch to Google+? I think a lot of people wish they hadn't. I think it's made intentionally difficult to communicate with anyone other than another Google+ member who is in your circle. I don't know if that applies to you or not. But when they first started pushing it, I kept waiting for them to give me any radon why I should switch. They never did. They just kept urging me to join. As it is, all comments on my blog come into my email inbox which is also synced with my phone. That makes it very easy to respond to comments Except those no-reply bloggers, of which there are still way too many.
Reason, not radon. Stupid smartphone!
I'm now checking my account every couple of weeks as it keeps 'slipping' into no-reply blogger mode. It's something to do with Google Plus. I just follow these instructions every now and again to reset things and make my email show up again:
I know plenty of others have the same issue!
Sorry - the link I put in seems to have disappeared! Here it is again:
Thanks everyone! I think I'm going to start by disconnecting my G+ account (which I never use anyway). This issue has been getting worse gradually over the past year but maybe that's a good place to start.
That stinks! I hope it all straightens out soon. I haven't had any trouble replying to people lately, but I'm not even sure why it still works for me let alone why it would quit working for you. Frustrating! =(
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