Regular readers to Threading My Way will have noticed an absence of blog posts in recent times. Apart from Features and Showcasing posts, it's been three weeks since I've written a blog post, and almost a month since a sewing post.
For a number of reasons, I've been de-motivated, and most of my energies have been spent out in the garden. Blogging has taken a back seat. There's been a little sewing going on, but not much.
The lack of email notifications for blog comments has definitely been a factor in my not blogging. If you've left me a comment and I haven't replied, I do apologise. I have read them all.
There's been a lot of talk on the Blogger Help Forum - not all of it constructive. Whilst I wanted a fix, and I wanted it NOW, I realise that's not how these things work.
There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes at a large corporation like Google, and just because we want it fixed, doesn't make it a priority. Blogger is, after all, a free product, and from Google's perspective, much further down the list than their business applications. On top of that, what may seem like an easy thing to us, may, in reality, be much harder to find a solution to.
The good news is that, as from today, we are once again receiving email notifications for comments left on blog posts. But, it may not happen automatically. Read the details at the top of this thread on the Blogger Forum.
Basically, I had to delete the Comment Notification Email in my settings > Save > Re-add the email > Save again > Wait for an email to be sent from Blogger > Accept the subscription
However, there's a catch. All replies to comments now appear to be noreply.
Here's my reply to the thread on the Blogger Forums today...
Thanks, Kelly, and the team working behind the scenes at Google. The issue of not receiving email notifications for comments has been resolved, but in the process, functionality has been taken away.
Although not perfect, the situation is now workable. And so, blogging will return to normal here at Threading My Way.
If I already know your email address, easy - I'll reply to the noreply email I receive, and add your email in the To field. If I don't know your email address, I'll check to see if your email is associated with your profile, and again, reply via email. If your email is not associated with your profile (ie; you are a noreply blogger), I'll leave a comment under your comment as I've always done.
I've noticed quite a few bloggers posting less this month. How have you found the changes, either as a blogger or as a reader?
In the meantime, I hope you've enjoyed the pics of my garden.