Folks, I made a discovery yesterday regarding this blog that almost had me in tears.
Since I started Health for the Whole Self, I’ve been assuming that when a reader leaves a comment and I reply to it, the original commenter receives an email alerting her/him to the fact that the comment has a reply. I don’t know why I made that assumption, and it turns out it was a wrong one.
I realized this when a reader left a comment, I replied, and then she left another comment – in which it was obvious she hadn’t read my reply to her first one. Probably because she never knew it was there.
You see, up to this point, if you wanted to see a reply to your comment you would actually have to return to the site on your own volition; you did not receive any kind of notification. And unless you were specifically looking for a response, I doubt you would have done that.
That means that every time I thanked you for your encouragement, or answered one of your questions, or expressed gratitude for your loyalty to the blog, you had no idea. I’ve replied to many, many comments, so it saddens me greatly to realize that these replies have probably never been read by the original commenter. I’m particularly upset because I want Health for the Whole Self to be a conversation, not a one-way dialogue.
But we must move forward, right?
With the help of Christie and the wonderful mister, the issue has been solved and the necessary plug-in installed. (You can check out the comments section of my last post to see our testing in action. ) So now, when you leave a comment to which I reply, you will receive an email letting you know.
If you asked me a question in a comment and were wondering why you never heard back, chances are high that I did, in fact, reply. The replies have been showing up on the actual site, so you can always go back and see them there…although I realize that’s kind of a pain.
Ah, well, my mistake. At least it is remedied now. I thank you for continuing to read and comment, despite the fact that you may have been under the impression that I wasn’t responding to those comments. It means a lot to me – so much more than you know – that all of you keep coming back to read what I have to say!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!