I am not ashamed to admit that I big puffy heart comments.
Love them.
I especially love comments with questions.
I am here to help.

But lately "here" means sitting on the couch, feeding Janey 
and catching up with emails on my phone.

Two things make it really hard to leave comments and respond to them.

So let me go on a friendly little rant...
Say bye bye to pesky word verification please.  
Pretty, pretty, pretty please.
After reading this post I disabled it on my blog.
Five months later I have yet to get a single spam comment.
Five months later all of you sweet commenters have been free 
from the task of deciphering weird nonsense words.

Secondly, add a sweet little email gadget to your 
sidebar courtesy of the fabulous and way too nice 
She shows you exactly what to do to add a pretty and useful 
graphic that can help your readers get in touch with you.

Another helpful place is to put your email on your Blogger profile page.
Then lazies like me can respond directly from my email inbox. 
(Go to Dashboard,
then Edit Profile,
then check the box that says "Show Email) 
I have had mine up for over a year and have never been spammed.
Then if you leave a comment, ask a question or if I have a 
bag of one hundred dollar bills to send you I know where to mail it.

Thirdly, thank you so much for leaving me comments.  
They are even better than Diet Pepsi.
Around here a full inbox is a happy inbox.  
Cathe even has a bunch of comment gadgets for the taking.  
Go visit her, indulge in her graphic goodness and leave her some comment love.


  1. Has anybody told you how cool you are today?!

  2. Awww! I big puffy heart love comments too and I'm really digging your blog!

  3. I am totally taking off the word varifaction now because of you! And I loved you DP story! Your blog is awesome!

  4. Amen... Another thing that would be helpful... is if bloggers would go onto their blog spot profile and add their email... This way when they comment on posts, their actual email comes through instead of non reply blogger... I know I enjoy replying to comments vis email, and get frustrated when the non reply blogger is their... Very few people have this feature utilized...

  5. I have that email button too...so cute!
    sandy toe

  6. I think I accomplished getting rid of the verification thing but I don't know how to change it so my email is linked to my comments that I leave...hmmm...or maybe it already is?
    Great post. I'm new to owning a blog and just trying to find my way around.

  7. I ginormous puffy heart comments... they make my day :)

    I turned it off, thanks for the tip. I was wondering how to do that, since sometimes I see it and sometimes I don't :)

    I love Cathe's blog, she's already on my blog roll!

  8. I just love your blog! Your posts always make me smile, and I justr love wearing my messy pin...I get so many compliments on it!!

  9. AMEN SISTA! I will carry the anti-word verification until I die (or I stop blogging whichever comes first) ;-)

  10. Here is a comment for you, friend!! I love comments too. Those times when I don't get very many at all - I feel like a bore to people! And my top number is around 20 - nothing like yours! You sure are loved...and pretty awesome! hehe! I'll check out those fun buttons!

  11. Sad, but I didn't even realize I had word verification on. Oh well. It's off now. Here's to no spam!!


  12. Hahahaha aparently I got so excited I didn't finish reading before posting about the email thing... Thanks for sharing these tips Julie...

  13. I could not agree more when it comes to those little words on the bottom of a post. To be honest sometimes I won't comment just because of them.

    Thank you so much for your tip on the email button. I added one to my blog and I love it.

    By the way I have follewed your blog for a while now but have been afraid to comment. Not to long ago I left what I thought to be a very nice comment and they sent me a not so nice email telling me that they were the reason I was going private. I felt so wird because I knew that I was not a wierdo. Any way and to top it off that person had a link to my cooking blog on her blog. SO to make a long story short I am a little afraid to comment for fear that tehy might think the same thing. I guess I just don't want my feelings hurt again.

    But I love your blog and keep up the good work and I promise to comment more often...lol

    Letti @ abunchofbyrds.blogspot.com

  14. you're SO right! i am always bugged to type in the random letters, so why hadn't i thought to turn them off on my own blog?? i just did!

    AND -- i gave you a blog award! :)
    check it out on my site.

  15. p.s. I haven't forgotten about the flowers. I have a new 'bouquet' in the works. ;)

  16. I LOVE comments too! They always make my day a little brighter! :)

    I got rid of the word verification- and added an email button! Thanks for the tips! :)

  17. I love her site, she has the best buttons! And hate that word verification thingy too...woo hoo!

    Jamie :)

  18. You sold me on it. I have gotten rid of word verification and added the email gadget. I actually love that! THANKS!!!

  19. Ok just fixed my commenting issues, thanks it's true the word thingy is annoying. I love your blog and your comments, thanks.

  20. Great post and I thought I'd let you know, I'm still chuckling over your Diet Pepsi tale. I'm a Diet Coke girl myself (must be from the fountain - no cans or bottles for me) and I've had that happen.

  21. I am with you on all of that stuff.

    Oh and please.... please... tell everyone to turn off the music. I do not like that. :)

  22. YES, comments rock!

    YES, those captcha things are annoying. I've had mine turned off for several years and almost never get spam.

    YES, Cathe rocks. I will be her when I grow up.

    And you rock too.

  23. I just stumbled upon your website and have found so many great ideas! thank you for the great posts!

  24. I'll try taking the word verification off again but last time I did, I got spam comments within a day :( ~ I agree with the email thing too :)