An answer to the no-reply comment conundrum.

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The purpose of today’s post is to help my fellow WordPress-ers with a problem that I had been experiencing for awhile…no-reply commenting. It’s a hassle. Before I dive any further into this post, though, I have to give a huuuuge THANK YOU to Sarah who is an all-around rockstar and was so patient in helping me to try and fix this problem and see if my solution worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I use WordPress to publish my blog. I have always been happy with the tools and platform the WordPress people have provided me with and it’s always the blog platform that I recommend to new bloggers looking for advice.

The problem?

Most of the blogs I read are published with Blogger.

You see, Blogger doesn’t play nice with commenters who don’t also use Blogger. When a blogger using Blogger (I know it’s confusing…bear with me) comments on another Blogger user’s post, it gets sent to their inbox and the blogger that wrote that post can reply to the comment as if it were a regular email. The commenter then gets the response sent to their email inbox and discourse can be formed. HOWEVER when a blogger using WordPress or some other platform comments on a blog published on Blogger, the comment is still sent to the blogger’s email, but it is sent from a “no-reply” address, and in order for the blogger to reply to the comment they have to track down the commenter’s email somehow so that they can reply to the comment via email. It’s a huge hassle for that blogger.

The reason that this is so annoying is because bloggers want to reply to their commenters. If someone was nice enough to make a comment on your post, it’s only common courtesy to send something back to at least say “hey, thanks for stopping by”.

You see, for bloggers using WordPress, this whole no-reply thing is a total non-issue. We can reply to any commenter–no matter what blog platform they use–via email. However, because I use WordPress, I was showing up as no-reply when I would comment on my favorite blogs. And then it was really hard for the bloggers I was commenting to to get in touch with me and keep the conversation going. so, I had to create a work around.

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This is how WordPress makes me feel when they make it easy for me to send replies to my commenters (no matter what blogging platform they may or may not use).

Unfortunately, this work around involved creating a Blogger account and I am pretty against creating any accounts with Google…it’s just too Big Brother-y. However, create a blogger account I did. From there I set up a dummy blog titled the same as my one here on WordPress, Karoline with a “K”.

After creating the dummy account, go to Sarah’s blog and follow the instructions in her no-reply post. Once you’ve done that, come back here and I’ll show you how to have Blogger redirect to your WordPress account!

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How I felt going through this ridiculous process. Thanks for nothing, Google.

I then went into the blog’s template settings and clicked “edit HTML”. This opened up a page full of code. Somewhere near the top was the <head> tag. Immediately after that, I entered the following code: [note: if you do this, change “http://yoururl.com&#8221; to your actual URL!]

The purpose of this code is so that the blog redirects to my actual WordPress blog. In case it doesn’t redirect on its own for whatever reason, though, I created ONE post on the blog titled redirect, telling visitors to click on a link that bearings them here, to my actual site!

the end result is that I can now comment on my favorite Blogger blogs and also have those bloggers respond to me afterwards! I know that the process seems like a lot of work (it’s taken me weeks to figure out a work around that actually works), but if I can help even just one other WordPress user figure out this pain in the butt, I’ll be happy!

If you’re having issues with being a no-reply blogger, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to try and help as best as I can!!!

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A year ago toady…

I seriously can’t believe that it’s been a year since I packed up my old blog (seriously how depressing is THIS when you try to see the old one??) and moved to WordPress. I’ve throughly enjoyed using this new format and all of the things it allows me to do that I was previously unable to. Switching my blog definitely has been a good thing for me.

In order to celebrate this blog’s first birthday (of many to come!) here are some of my favorite posts from the year:

On Watching the Final Shuttle Launch (July 9, 2011)

Exclusive Interview with Patriot’s QB, Brian Hoyer (July 18, 2011)

Vermont, Land of Simple Pleasures (August 16, 2011)

The iPod changed my life. Thanks, Steve. (October 6, 2011) (technically this was from the old MobileMe blog, but I reposted it here in October)

On No Longer Being a Picky Eater (October 26, 2011)

Gobble Gobble Gobble! (November 24, 2011)

Holiday Pops! With the Boston Symphony Orchestra (December 8, 2011)

Sock buns and my new favorite hair weapon! (December 12, 2011)

BSU Rallies Against Hate (February 21, 2012)

Guerrilla post-its (February 29, 2012) (leap day!)

Maddy’s big day out in the city! (March 8, 2012)

Cape Cod weekend (March 28, 2012)

Happy birthday, Fenway (April 20, 2012)

Some Instagram shots from the week (May 12, 2012)

The Driver’s License Chrinicles (part 1) (June 5, 2012)

Summer Reading: The summer of non-fiction (June 7, 2012)

xoxo, Karoline

BSU Blogfest: Why I Blog.

This week is Bridgewater State University’s social media week!  It’s a week dedicated to getting students involved and connected with social media and also includes Blog Fest, where all of the bloggers on campus unite and write on a certain theme everyday.  Today’s prompt is “why blog?”

I have been blogging for around four years now, but I’ve been reading them for the better part of the last decade.  I’ve found blogs that relate to seriously any topic and that appeal to any demographic.  There are mommy blogs, self-help blogs, sex blogs, college blogs, pretentious fashion blogs, and gaming blogs.  It’s really not hard to find the niches people fit into on the internet.

If you’ve been reading my blog for even a little while, you know that I don’t really stick to a particular niche or theme.  My blog is basically about anything I’m into or up to at the current time.  It’s basically a snapshot of my life at the moment and a reflection of my interests.

Simply put, I blog because I like to write and take pictures.  It may not be the best reason, but it is a solid one.  I’ve alway been a fan of writing, and this is a way to display it on a forum that anyone can read.  I blog because it’s fun.  I’ve met wonderful friends and made some amazing connections through blogging: all of the girls that I write for The Prep Crew with, I met through blogging.  It’s awesome!

So, there really isn’t any reason for blogging that’s any better than the others.  As long as you have a reason that’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for anyone else.  Just express yourself :)

What are your reasons for blogging?? Leave them in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

Meet The Prep Crew!

Hey there!  I just wanted to let all my readers know that today is the launch of my latest blogging project!  Four other Preppy bloggers and myself have combined our pink-and-green powers to create the ultimate Prep lifestyle blog, The Prep Crew!  There will be posts by a different writer every day of the week, all dealing with some topic we think might be relevant to prep-minded readers.  I’ll be writing on Wednesdays :)

The other lovely ladies writing with me will be Katie of Whales and Wayfarers; Laurie Beth of Carolina Class; Chadsey of The Nautical Prep; and Meg!  I really hope that everyone reading here will head on over to TPC and check out the posts!

Stay tuned this Wednesday…I’ve got a post about preppy last-minute Halloween costumes!  It’s going to be great!

Please, please, please head on over to The Prep Crew and check it out!

Blog In Transition…

I guess you could say that this is my new blog. I’ve been thinking of transitioning to a better blogging platform for quite some time, and there are two recent events that ultimately made me decide to switch. The first one was the announcement by Apple that they would end their MobileMe program in the coming year. I run my site via MobileMe, and I fell in love with the iWeb platform (despite a few of it’s more obvious flaws), so to have the website without being able to publish it seemed kind of silly. Secondly, my external hard-drive for my computer crashed. This was a major factor in deciding to move my blog in that my website was saved on the hard-drive, and thus is inaccessible for me to make posts and edits until it is recovered. Also, another major perk about hosting on Word Press is that I’m finally going to be able to write and edit posts from my iPhone! Definitely a plus.

For the next week or so, I’m going to be treating this newer blog as a sort of testing-ground, while I putter around with the Word Press interface and learn all the bells and whistles. So far it has a lot of features I’m pretty excited about, so we’ll see what I’m going to be able to do with them. Don’t be surprised if the site goes through a number of changes through the next week or so…I’m still trying to get it just how I want it.

xoxo, Karoline

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