So you’ve been a busy bee, leaving comments all over your favourite blogs, but you never hear anything back, even when you’ve asked something that is bound to get a reply. What gives?
Well, good news – it’s not you, it’s Blogger. Or more specifically, Google+ (of course!)
There’s a setting in your Google account which means that when someone replies to your comment, the notification of the comment does not reach you. Useful, right? Here’s how to reset it…
In your Blogger dashboard, click the gear icon on the right side, and choose “Revert to Blogger profile” (don’t worry, you can change back once you’ve done this!)
You’ll see the following screen, asking you to switch to the limited profile. Click the orange Switch button…
…and fill in a display name. Your name or the name of your blog will be fine!
Once you click the “Continue to Blogger” button, you’ll see the following profile at the top right, instead of the usual one with your full name. Click the Blogger profile link…
…and you’ll see your Blogger profile! Click Edit Profile…
…and make sure the “Show my email address” box is checked. Save your profile changes, and return to your Dashboard.
To reconnect to your Google+ profile, click the gear icon again and click “Connect to Google+”
That’s it! You should (hopefully) get lots of replies now :)
I did that and then switched back to google + and it worked for a while, but now it doesn’t, so I’m just switching back to a blogger profile. What I was really wondering is from the bloggers point of view, does it alert them when you reply on the post? Or do they only know if you send the reply via email?
Ruth Johnston says
So helpful! I had been wondering what the point of having replies was if no one could ever see them. Seems silly that it’s an adjustment rather than a standard setting.
Angela @Little Apple Tree says
I’m contemplating changing over to WordPress so that I can have a decent commenting system. It frustrates me that Blogger doesn’t send comment reply notifications automatically–how many people can be bothered to click to subscribe to comments on individual posts? Sure, you can send email replies as detailed above, but I like to answer publicly for everyone to see (unless it’s personal).
There are other commenting systems that will work with Blogger that (I think!) will email the commenter your comment. We’ll be doing a post about them soon, but need to research them before posting :)
Angie SilverSpoon (@SilverSpoonUK) says
What are you thoughts on Disqus?
I haven’t tried Disqus yet, but am planning a post about the different commenting systems. I’ve heard good things though!