Change is good. Except when it's not. Or when it concerns the email platform that I've used for the last 10 years. I admit it - I like yahoo mail. And maybe when I say that I've never been fond of gmail, I'm in the minority. I can deal with that. But what I can't deal with is how a majority of the comments that I leave on others' blogs are all sitting there, unbeknownst by the blog owner. I'm not sure why this started happening but it has, and very recently.
After various experiments when commenting on some of the blogs I follow, I think I've figured out what's going on. It looks like gmail is blocking yahoo emails from going through when it's being sent through a 3rd party site, like a Google+ account. As far as I can tell, these things need to be in place for this to happen:
- Your blog is hosted on blogger (I've not seen or had an issue with wordpress blogs)
- You have your blog set up to email you at a gmail address when you receive comments
- Your commenter is using a yahoo email address for replies.
So if you thought I just stopped visiting your blog, that may not be the case. And because of this I will learn to adapt and like gmail for the sake of the blogs I enjoy reading. Because really - what's the fun of commenting on blogs if there's no back and forth communication. It's what I love about the quilt-blogging community. I just have to be more diligent now in monitoring my own blog so that I'm not missing comments.
UPDATED (3/2/15): Joanna from Riddle and Whimsy also posted on this same topic - check it out here. Thanks to her suggestion I've decided to try using the comment moderation to see if it helps with the notifications from commenters who use yahoo email addresses, but alas, it still didn't work if the person is using a yahoo address.