First of all, thank you SO MUCH to all the lovely comments about my pattern and the quilting! Pshaw. I truly appreciate your kind words. So, without making you read to the end to find out, the Custom Random Number Generator picked the following three winners of the 84 comments that were there at 9 am this morning when I picked. All three winners have been emailed.
The first pick was fabric and it went to Leanne Parsons at Devoted Quilter:
The second and third picks were for copies of my pattern Blue Skies & Sunny Days, and it has been emailed off to:
I have 21 photos ready to go for an update to my binding tutorial and I had originally thought that would be the second part of this post. I had really great comments on the tutorial, but for one person, who got lost and is confused at the final join part. It has niggled at me, and so when I did my Uncle Frank's quilt, I took a bunch more photos at that point in the hopes of un-confusing her! Hope you're reading and will watch for that update this week, Janice! ;-)
No, today I want to address the No-Reply Blogger issue, which seems to be on the increase of late; a few of us have noticed. I do not mean in any way to sound snarky towards no-reply bloggers here; any snarkiness is directed at Blogger/Google+/Yahoo.
I thought that Cindy of Stitchin' At Home had a good idea when she showed a screenshot of what we see when we click the 'hot' linked name for a comment, whether it's in our email (most of us have our blogs set up that comments go directly to our email), or by clicking on the name in the comment box. Here is what I got when I clicked on Steph, one of the winners.
stephquilts65 at gmail dot com
so no trawlers can grab your email and add it to their spam databases.
The other place I get taken to is those of you who have set up a Blogger profile so that you can comment on blogs. You think you've done everything right, but this is where I get taken to when I click on your name:
YOU CAN FIX THIS EASILY!! Click the link below. This is also the link I have at the bottom of the comment box.
No-reply Blogger fix by Sew At Home Mummy
Once you've fixed it, this is where I will be taken when I click your name:
UPDATE: When I replied to Angela's comment (see it below; it's very good) I hit send, and immediately saw she was a no-reply. I thought that odd because of her comment, so I clicked her name and sure enough, was taken to her Blogger profile which looks just like Susan's above. So I emailed her what I had send out into pixel universe. I told her it was so good she had the Email button but so weird that she still comes in as a no-reply. I sent her this link to see if it might solve her problem, and it DID!! It's old, but it will still do the trick. Karen's post is worth the read so here it is in URL form:
Now. One more scenario. Karen Rowland left a comment as well. When I click her name, this is where I am taken to:
As soon as I see Google+ I think, great, no-reply blogger, BZZZ. However, with Karen, it caught my eye that it appears she has a blog, so I scrolled down....
Notice that there is no 'email me' button. However, there is an "About Me" button, so I can click it. And? It takes me to her Google+ page, because she has linked her blog to Google+. So I am back at square 1. Now, I could leave her a comment on this 2 1/4 year old post, on the chance she may have her comments set up to go to her email and that she may still check those comments...
Are you picking up what I'm laying down here? Look how much effort is involved in trying to find Karen, if she had in fact been picked? She wasn't; she was in a lump of 5 no-reply comments, and you should know that there was another lump of 17, SEVENTEEN, no-reply blogger comments in my gmail from this giveaway!!! Some, yes, are smart, like Steph, but the majority have no way for me to get in contact with them, and they think I don't care to, which is entirely not true; replying to comments via email has brought some wonderful and lasting friendships.
To be brutally honest, it takes me a TON of time writing up posts, too much I know. I belabour semantics, I wordsmith, I proofread, I finesse...the cray-cray English teacher in me wanting it just so (yet my sister, Linda, still finds the odd typo or error of omission and I thank her for being my final editor), I take photos, edit, watermark, crop, maybe make a collage... so, like the vast majority of other bloggers, I am not about to devote a whole ton of time trying to find a winner's email.
So, puh-LEEZE look at your Blogger profile. Make sure there is that blue Email button under Contact Me. If you're linked to Google+ find out if there is a way around having your Profile in Blogger linked to Google+. If someone knows how to have Google+ and Blogger without becoming a no-reply, then tell me in the comments.
Now, I am off to sew for the rest of this day! I've had nothing but 'everyday crap' today in real life, a phrase I've borrowed from Kathy, who I met properly through Lara's Crafted Appliqué blog hop, now in its final stages, and WHAT a fabulous giveaway(!!!!!) Anyhow, Kathy's blog, Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap, I am now following. She just made an adorable baby quilt!