Last night I had an Oh, No! experience.
It was one of those heart-sinking realizations.
“My readers must think that I am too good to reply to their thoughtful comments on the blog.”
Those were my thoughts. I was sure you thought I was a blogging snob. “She must think_______.” Or something equally not true.
I had no idea that when I took the time to reply to all your sweet comments that you had no idea that I did. Somewhere along the line I neglected to add a plugin, something called Comment Reply Notification.
When I started this blog I worked really hard to get the mechanics of it right. Or as much as someone who needs to read the WordPress tutorial for dummies is capable. Okay…I’m not saying I’m a dummy. I’m saying this was a venture into a whole new, bright and shiny, bells and whistles, code and html world. And as a plug and play gal…there was a huge learning curve. Actually, there still is in this highly technical world.
First, I want to apologize to you.
I really truly believe what I wrote on my about page…
You see, this blog is not all about me…it’s about us…sharing in each other’s lives and helping each other to be the wonderfully extraordinary individuals we were created to be!
Sharing in each other’s lives.
Um. That wasn’t happening unless you clicked on the notify me of follow-up comments by email button.
I am truly sorry. Please forgive me.
From this point on….you should receive replies to your comments in your inbox.
Are you a WordPress blogger and guilty of the same thing?
If you are…you can very easily correct the issue with this plugin: Comment Reply Notification. Now, I need to give a caveat. This plugin has not been updated in a while, but it seems to work well. If you know of another plugin that is better. Please let me know. In order to help us all be better connected, I will show you how to add this plugin to your WordPress blog.
How to install Comment Reply Notification on your WordPress blog:
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard, and on the left sidebar, scroll down to ‘Plugins,’ hover there and click on ‘Add New.’
- Under the heading of ‘Install Plugins’ go to the ‘Search’ box and type in…Comment Reply Notification and click ‘search plugins.’
- Comment Reply Notification will probably be the first plugin in the list. Click ‘Install Now.’
- Next, on your left side bar, scroll down to ‘Settings.’ Hover over ‘Settings’ and you’ll see a list. Comment Reply Notification should be in the list. Click it.
- Using the graphic below as a guide: Click on ‘Replied by the author of the post or administrator ONLY.’
- And add your blog’s name in the brackets as I have done, below
- And finally click ‘Update Options.’
Comment Reply Notification
That’s it. I love a super easy fix. It took more time for me to find it on Google by far than installing it and testing it.
You’ll want to test it. Have a friend or family member comment on your blog post, reply to their comment, and then check it to make sure that it looks fine. (You can have them forward the e-mail to you.) Also, I was concerned that my e-mail would be in the comment…and it is not.
So….after thousands of comments and replies….it’s finally going to be An Extraordinary Day!
This simple fix will certainly help you, and me, feel more connected.
Be watching your inbox for a reply, the next time you comment.
And please ‘Share Your Thoughts’ — I LOVE hearing what you think. I really do.
I really feel badly about this. I value you.
You are Extraordinary!!
I’m so glad that we will be chatting with each other, finally.
The only that would make it better….
you and I chatting in person, in my sunroom,
and enjoying an Extraordinary Chocolate Banana Magic Sundae.
Can we at least pretend?
Who knew that something as simple as a Comment Reply Notification plugin could be so gratifying?
I feel better already.
Wishing Extraordinary YOU an Extraordinary week!
P.S. Because every post, in my humble opinion, needs pretty pictures, I thought I’d share these lovely Lupines that I came across on one of my walks. My Michigan garden included a few wild ones, I wonder how they look now?
I’d be honored if you used the sharing buttons at the bottom.
Please let your friends know the goodness that awaits them here.