As the Christmas Quilt Show is just around the corner, and there are loads of prizes, I wanted to heighten awareness that no-reply bloggers (those that leave comments with no way to be contacted) are disqualified to win prizes in this contest, and typically they are disqualified to win prizes in the majority of contests in blogland. Why? Because it is very difficult, if not impossible for a blogger to contact someone that has left a comment with settings that in a no-reply status.
Easy workarounds are to leave your email address embedded in your comment, but actually it is easier to verify your default settings have been updated.
If you have a blogger account, to check your settings:
a) go to https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount
b) click on Blogger Settings
c) be sure the box for “Show my email address” is checked.
d) click Save Profile
If you have a Typepad account, or a non-Blogger/non-google account, I haven’t found a way for your settings to allow your email address to be captured when you leave a comment on a blogspot blog. And this goes in reverse for blogspot bloggers that leave comments on Typepad or other non-blogger accounts. Thus, I recommend when you leave a comment on such blogs you remember to leave your email address within your comment.
More tips on these settings, and how to win at giveaways, are available on my page labeled “giveaways and contests” where I also try to share insights on various giveaways and contests. Just scroll down the page and you’ll see various tips.
In a recent giveaway on my blog, as part of the Fall into Fall giveaway, sadly there were many that visited my blog and entered my giveaway. But as they had no reply settings I couldn’t contact them, if they were to win a prize, thus they were disqualified. Here are some examples:
Don’t be a no-reply blogger/leave no reply comments in the upcoming Christmas Quilt Show. If you take time to visit my blog and enter a giveaway I’d like you to have a chance at winning. If you are not sure if your settings are correct, please check them. If you wish to use this post as a test, feel free to leave a comment and mark “test” in your comment. If you do not hear back from me by November 15th (or within 48 hours of your comment), it is very likely your settings are not correct.