**Everything below relates to Blogger blogs and profiles. Other blog platform may handle comments differently**
As most bloggers do, I adore comments on my posts. I'm proud of my blog and I work hard at it and when people comment, it makes me happy :)
I use Blogger and I have all comments emailed to me. I love this because I'm always checking my email and I know right away when someone has stopped by.
Another cool feature to having your comments emailed to you is being able to reply back via email.
What makes me sad and often a little frustrated, is when I receive a comment and I really want to respond back and maybe even a question has been asked that I would very much like to answer. So, I move my little mouse pointer up and get ready to click on that wonderful 'Reply' button and this is what I see...
What is this firstname.lastname@example.org?
Basically, when you comment with your Blogger account - meaning you signed in via Google to make your comment - your account is now linked to your comment.
Depending on how you set up your account, when you comment on blogs, your email address either WILL or WILL NOT appear.
On my end, as a blog owner, I'll either see your email address - (WilowRaven@yahoo.com) OR I'll see Blogger's default email address (email@example.com)
Your email won't appear on your comment, but it will (or will not) appear as the Sender on comment relayed emails.
SO! Why is this important?
You may, for reasons your own, wish to remain as anonymous as you possibly can in an on-line environment. You don't have a blog yourself and / or you don't want people to ever be able to contact you for any reason and your Blogger Profile only has the barest of information on it. And you know, that's fine!
BUT! Don't most of you want people to be able to contact you?
It is my belief that a lot of people don't realize their account is set up to NOT SHOW their email address.
Here is an easy way to find out - and change it if you wish! (please?)
1. Log into your account and view your Dashboard (here's mine with some info blanked out for privacy reasons)
*I'm using the old Blogger interface - if you updated to the new one, you can easily switch back - it's a little easier that way*
2. Click on Edit Profile
3. Click on the box next to "Show My Email Address" and set an email address - it can be any email address you want. So if you're worried about privacy - create a new email account for yourself and use that one. OR, if you're a blogger, use the one on your contact page so all bloggy related things are all in once place :)
4. Scroll down, save your settings and - DONE!
Now when you comment, blog owners will see:
And all will be right with the world!
Ok, maybe not ALL but I know, I'll be a lot happier :)
Hope this makes sense to everyone and I hope it's at least a little helpful.
Let me know if you have any questions! AND if you do have your account set to not show your email address on purpose, I'm curious to know why, so let me know :)