It was brought to my attention several weeks ago that a couple of my dear friends were no longer replying to the comments that I had been leaving on their respective blog posts. At first, I assumed that it was just on account of them receiving so many comments and not having the time to leave a reply for them all, but then days stretched into weeks.
Be assured that I found it quite perplexing. For I thought that they considered me to be as dear of a friend to them as I considered them to be to me.
It was around this time that my natural tendency towards paranoia snuck up and slapped me on the back of my head, and with my wife not being all that good for my self-esteem, it stung quite a bit. For she has made it abundantly clear on several occasions that I am not nearly as charming, nor funny, as I would like to believe I am. Therefore, it made sense to me that I may have crossed a line in another attempt at being charming and/or funny in a comment, and it was on account of this that my dear friends were giving me the silent treatment.
I finally asked one of them in an email if I may have upset her in some way, and her assurances that this was not the case did make me feel better. Nonetheless, her reason for no longer replying to my comments left me even more perplexed. For she said that I had hidden my email address, and that it was for this reason that she had not been replying to my comments.
Whoa, when did I do that? For I have always been very focused on making myself as accessible as possible on account of my ministry, and this included all of my online
Oh yeah, it was indeed a puzzler to me. For there was my email address prominently on display on my Google+ profile, and all of my efforts to find an answer online were proving to be rather fruitless.
Adding all the more to my dilemma was that the way my two friends had been replying to my comments lately was via email. They started out leaving replies as comments, but had switched to replying to comments via email in the same way as one would reply to a regular email, which is something that I have never pursued on account of wanting to keep as much as possible out in the open—especially when it came to a dispute with a reader.
In all fairness, the thought had floated through some weeks ago that the trouble with my email address being hidden started when I switched from having my name attached to my Blogger profile to my Google+ one, but it was not until a few days ago that I went to check, which is when it all become clear to me. For when my name was attached to my Blogger profile, email notifications of a comment left by me came from Jerry E. Beuterbaugh (after I changed from FishHawk) FishHawk7@gmail.com via blogger.bounces.google.com, which allows the recipient to just hit “reply” to send a reply via email. Whereas, with my name being attached to my Google+ profile, email notifications of a comment were coming from Jerry E. Beuterbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org, which obviously does not allow the recipient to just hit “reply” to send a reply via email.
Now, I struggle with the use of replying to comments via email. For they do not show up in the comments section, which leaves the impression to a newcomer that they have come to another place where the owner does not care to respond to those who have taken the time to express what they think of their efforts—not to mention stop any hope of continuing the discussion for the benefit of those who are content to just read the back and forth.
Of course, if you do not usually publish articles that might warrant further discussion, there probably would not be much back and forth to read, and if you are trapped in the same bubble as I have been, there probably will not be much back and forth, anyway. Yeah, the “stuff” that I publish might have something to with that, but I would rather not get into any discussion about it at this time. (LOL?)
I can also understand how replying to comments via email can save a lot of time for those who have lives to live offline, and it was on account of this that I switched back to my old Blogger profile a couple of days ago. However, I returned to my Google+ profile when it was brought to my attention that I could no longer “share” blog posts with my followers there, and since their number is now approaching 200, that would be a lot of missed opportunities to "share” what I have been given to offer—regardless of what that may be.
Well, I am really confused right now. For I just checked if the address associated with email notifications of blog comments from me was still Jerry E. Beuterbaugh email@example.com with my name being attached to my Google+ profile, and it came up as if it was attached with my Blogger profile. So, I don’t know if Blogger has made a change or what. Yeah, if my wife would let me have any of it, her money would be on what.
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