Thursday, April 19, 2012

So close and yet....


Hi sweet friends!

Just a quick note to say
thank you for all of
the wonderful comments,
e-mails, texts and phone
calls that I received for
my {big}birthday.

I was truly 
touched 
beyond
measure.





I am noticing as I
attempt to respond to
these wonderful b-day
 comments, that many
of you have not enabled
your e-mail setting 
on Blogger.


Which means there is
no way for me to 
answer you.


I wrote about this very
subject, last year, but
I think it is worth 
an update.

This time, I'm going
to keep these directions at
 the top of my blog page,
under Communicate.



{If you receive my
posts by e-mail and
send me a note, I am
able to write you back.
Feel free to skip over
the next few paragraphs.}



To enable e-mail:
Log into your
Blogger dashboard.
Click on the arrow next to your
Blogger name {right-had corner.}
Select Blogger profile.
Under Edit User Profile, Privacy,
check Show My E-mail Address.
At the bottom of the page, click
the orange Save Profile button.

This way, your comments
 don't land in my in-box
with the address 
noreply-comment@blogger.com,
which means any reply that I 
send you will float around 
forever in the ether and 
never,
ever
reach you.

{If you aren't 100%
certain, please, please
double check.}



Communication is
so important, isn't it?
The ability to connect
with one another ~

listen
share thoughts
validate
laugh
cry

be heard.



And when only half
of the equation works,
it feels like a vital
connection has been lost.

I am so passionate
about this topic that
I will donate $5 to 
fantastic charity that
trains service dogs for
those with disabilities, for
each registered Blogger
member who leaves me
a comment that they have
changed their e-mail
settings.

When I reply back,
you will know that 
it's working!



I've had a crazy busy week,
writing thank you notes and
juggling baseball practices,
College Day and many other
activities in addition to 
my normal responsibilities.

I will be back next week
with more thoughts to
share with you, as well
as a lovely giveaway!

Until then, have a 
beautiful,
blessed 
weekend.




What's the point of 
being alive, she said,
if you're not going to
communicate?
~ Kurt Vonnegut


xo
Suzanne

29 comments:

Felicity said...

I can imagine you sitting in your lovely space penning and typing 'thank you' notes aplenty - such good manners.

You're an exemplary communicator Suzanne and I wholeheartedly agree with your request for everyone to add an email to their profiles.

Happy weekend Sparkler!
xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH I LOVE THIS LAST QUOTE! How true, how very TRUE!

Thank you for visiting my dear, even in the middle of oodles of emails you must answer! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Anita

The enchanted home said...

Oh yes...communication is HUGE! I do have my email already active but how generous of you to offer to make a donation for every blogger that changes that setting......thats fabulous!
So glad you had a wonderful and well deserved Happy Birthday!

Teacup Moments said...

Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for this reminder. You are absolutely right, it's important to keep those lines open. So, thank you for the instructions. I just now changed my profile settings. I hope I did it right. I guess I'll find out soon enough. Have a great week! We'll be here when you get back.

xoxo T

Jane said...

Oh Gorgeous Girl. You know I agree with you on this point. Wholeheartedly. And Kurt is a wise man. J x

Lisa Scibilia said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday week with lots of celebrations and love. You are so special and I'm glad you had a happy, busy, full week to celebrate you!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

OHHHH, I have had that reply in my email and didn't know what it meant. I think I've even received it just when I try to comment. Now I know.
That big phone is fun!

Kathleen said...

Communication is my job. This was a great post! It got me to take the few min. set my account. Hopefully I did it right! Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Timmers said...

I checked my profile and my address is there! Wasn't sure, but now I am!

michele said...

i'll check my settings. a great reminder!

michele

Biz said...

What a wonderful charity!
You are awesome!


Biz

Leslie said...

Love that last quote and yes! Communication is everything. Thanks for the reminder.

leslie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a great post, Suzanne! I had never realized my emails weren't reaching the no-reply bloggers until you told me...I helped another blogger change hers this week and I'm on the lookout now! I wonder where all those emails I sent ended up...no reply land? lol How nice you are making the donation, too! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! XO

Tiffini said...

just stopped in to say hello
and to wish you Happy Friday:)
no need to reply...cause I'm emailin you next...lol
xo

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dear Suzanne, for stopping by! I am so glad for you that your celebrations were terrific...
I, too, love this quote...where would we all be without each other?
Beautiful post, as always, and so generous for you to make these donations!
Blessings, sweet friend!
xoxo,
- Irina

pollydove said...

I got my email response so I guess I am GOOD, right?! You are a sweetheart to respond too! :)

Oh my word, is that picture of your daughter and the gigantic phone fun! It made me laugh, she is so cute!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Yes miss manners I can see you crossing names off your thank you note list;). I hope you know I never need a note. I know you love me...ha! Tell E that picture was too cute.

Mary Ellen said...

The huge phone picture is so cute~~ Don't worry about emailing me but I want to add my belated Happy Birthday to you. Been working on the outside of our house as our son came for a week to do some major work so have been neglecting computer!

Bee Blessed
mary

koralee said...

I Missed your birthday...so happy happy belated wishes are coming your way from little old me! Off to see how you celebrated...xoxoxo HUGS

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

You recommended this change to me last year ... and e.mailed me all the directions of how to do it (a sweet thank you) ... and it has really changed the communication I have with my readers/fellow bloggers. Thanks so much.

If you don't mind ... can I put a link to this post on my blog? You are better at explaining it than I am.
(and younger, too.) :-)

Shelly W. said...

Thanks for this, Suzanne. It's one of my pet peeves when I get the "no-reply blogger" on someone's comment. I really LIKE to respond to comments, and it bums me out when I can't. I'm going to link to this because, as Glenda said, you're so much better at explaining it than I am. Thank you!

Julie said...

so true so true...You are a generous hearted bloggy sis and you have definitely shown the priority level of good communication and what it means to you. It's a win win! My mom always used to tell me: GOOD Communication is KEY!!! and I added to that in my own journey..Good HONEST communication is vital. :-)...
Hugs to you. Glad to see a post. xo

Leslie said...

Hi Suzanne!

I think it should work now... I'm still trying to get the hang of this. Facebook, twitter, etc.. talk about learning by trial and error!!

So glad we have connected. I'm having lots of fun with all this!

leslie

Karena said...

You are so wonderful Suzanne always so supportive!

I am featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crowns and Cottages on my site! She is amazing!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Palomasea said...

Hello dear Suzanne!
Are you enjoying this gorgeous sunshine?
Ok, the e-mails should work, I just subscribed...
please let me know ;)
Have a great week!
Hugs,
- Irina

My Beautiful World said...

So happy to be here visiting you again, I have enjoyed catching up on all your wonderful posts, Hope you have a great day my friend.

Always Wendy

Palomasea said...

Oh no Suzanne...
I thought that by e-mail subscription it would work.
How do I do this if I want my e-mail private? Should I just send you a separate e-mail?
I'm sorry...yikes, I am complicating things...
Let me know :)
Thanks,
- Irina

Stitchfork said...

Very good cause and very generous of you Suzanne. I'm pretty sure mine is okay and I do know the frustration of not being able to reply. Good reminder!
xo Cathy

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Thanks for this post Suzanne, I'm a little confused - is it different with the new blogger set up? It doesn't look like you described - I'm not sure if I did this correctly or not.