This post was prompted by another post by a very nice person (so nice, Melinda, that after meeting you the first time I felt like an evil snarkmonster who needed lessons in levelheaded reason) who wrote a very nice, respectful, helpful post about no reply bloggers. The bug up my butt is entirely my own responsibility.
Are you frustrated by those pesky “no reply” bloggers? Do you wish they would just fix their profile so you can click a link and dash off an email? When faced with a no reply comment, do you follow a link they provided to their own blog and either leave a reciprocal comment, or check their About Me page for an email? Or do you just roll your eyes at the no reply freak and move on – after all, if they can’t make the effort to fix their profile, you shouldn’t have to make any effort either, right?
Okay, so I’m exaggerating the snark. In reality, I’ve received several emails in the past few weeks from bloggers who DID make the effort to search out my email address, three of which turned into fun, dynamic conversations that went back and forth several times. You see, I am a no reply blogger.
It isn’t because I’m deliberately trying to be difficult. If I could change it, I would. But I’m not the problem – your platform is. WordPress users, TypePad users, Tumblr and Moveable Type users – none of us have a problem with no reply bloggers. Only Blogger users face this issue. See, Google doesn’t want to share the sandbox, so they’re making it difficult for people using other platforms to play. Anyone who blogs on a platform other than Blogger will always show up as a no reply blogger, as will anyone who leaves a reply using the Name/URL option. There’s nothing we can do about it. While Blogger allows us to comment using a WordPress, TypePad or OpenID profile, it does not share the email information with you (even though it’s available). Neither does it allow a commenter to enter the information through a Name/Email/URL option – only Name/URL which obviously does no good.
Because of this flaw in Blogger, many of us who use other platforms post our email on our blogs, often in an “About Me” section or page. Blogger suggests a “fix” for this problem, of course. Their solution is that we sign up for a Google account and leave all of our comments through that account. (Essentially their “fix” is “here, drink the KoolAid.”) Kind of defeats the purpose – when I leave a comment on another person’s blog, I want readers to be able to click on my name and be taken to my blog. That’s how it works on other platforms – only on Blogger does a commenter’s link take you to a profile page instead of directly to the commenter’s blog.
So, Blogger users, write an email to Google and tell them to fix their platform so it welcomes EVERYONE instead of just other Blogger users! And the next time you read a post about no reply bloggers, let them know there’s more to the story.