Please read…it could affect you!
I was enlightened the other day concerning an issue with Blogger that I knew nothing about. Perhaps I’m just late to the ballgame but none the less, I thought I would share with you for those that may still be in the dark. Danice, from Homespun Hannah’s Blog, sent me a message saying that for the past several months she had been unable to comment on several blogs, Blogger has decided that she is a spammer and is blocking her comments. When she does comment she has to do it via another account. She stated she has found no help or option to defend against this. An unpleasant thought I must say.
The only way her Blogger comments will appear on blogs is if the blogger goes to their blogger dashboard, to the spam folder, and mark her comment as “Not Spam” and then publish it, which must be done for every single comment she makes every time. She has been hoping, and a lot of bloggers have been helping her out with this, that if she is marked “not spam” enough times, she will once again be able to comment. As of yet, not much luck.
Now, here is where it gets really interesting to me, for I didn’t even know there was a spam folder in the comment section of the Blogger Dashboard. What was surprising to me when I looked in the spam folder, I recognized a blog friend I follow and who followed me and had left a comment on one of my blog posts back in 2013. I never saw this comment because it was never published. Evidently it went directly to this spam folder that I knew nothing about. So maybe it would be wise of us to check that spam folder now and then to see if any of our blogging friends and their comments are getting lost into this folder.
The scary part is, many bloggers may be in, as Danice puts it “comment jail” and not even realize it. When you leave a comment on someone’s blog, sometimes it’s published right away and sometimes it says something to the effect of comment will be published after authorization. At this point it could be intercepted or blocked and unless you go back and check to see if your comment made it, it could be possible that it didn’t. What’s sad is that your friends may think you have stopped visiting or commenting when in reality, you are getting lost in the spam folder. Just as I felt sad seeing that comment ( left by a friend in 2013) for the first time in 2018. I’m sure when she left that comment, she probably wondered why I never replied, but sadly, I never saw it. While in the folder, I did mark it as not spam and checked my blog to see if the comment did post, and it was there,(after marking it not spam.)
I hope you are still with me at this point, I know this has been a long post but just wanted to try and make more people aware of this issue.
listening, reading and feel free to share.