Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Q & A Edition 2

Your questions answered

In every Blogging Tips and Tricks post there is a link to a form where you can submit questions for future Tips & Tricks posts. Sometimes these questions require lengthy responses and so I have answered them in a full post, but others are shorter and don't really need a long post explanation. For these shorter questions I've decided to compile a few and answer them all in one post.

Q:How do you do the email thing when you've answered a comment on your blog?  Do you do it manually or is there some way of doing it automatically?  I'd love to be able to answer all my commenters too.

Unfortunately, I don't use an automated system. I manually send out emails when I reply to each comment. It's pretty time consuming, but I consider it time well spent given how many people like it.

I have, however, enlisted the help of my computer whiz of a fiance to see if he can come up with a way to make the emails automated. If there's a way to do it, then I'm confident that he'll find it (the only question is when will he actually get around to doing it!) If he figures out a way, then I'll be sure to pass that knowledge along to all of you.

Q: Are you on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc?

Nope, I'm sorry! But it warms my heart that so many of you have asked. I am on Goodreads, so please feel free to friend me there!

Q: I want to make a link that people can click so they can email me. How do I do this?

Easy peasy. Just copy this code:

<a href="">Email Small Review!</a>
Then replace the email address in pink with your own email address and the words in blue with whatever you want the link to say.

Now if you want a button people can click on to send you an email, copy this code:

<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Small Review" src=""/></a>
Then replace the email address in pink with your own email address and the link in blue with a link to the picture you want to use as your button image.

The form is anonymous, so please don't feel shy at all! 

These tips and tricks posts are a bi-monthly feature, so it may take a little time to answer your question, but I WILL answer it!

I'm certainly not an expert, but I'll try my hardest to explain what I do know and research what I don't know.

Click here to read previous Tips & Tricks Posts 


  1. Nice tip about the email code! I'll be saving that one too!


  2. Wow, it sure sounds time consuming to send out all those emails! But it's always cool to be notified when you've replied because it's difficult to remember to check back all the time.

  3. The link with the email is such a handy tip! Thank Small :)

  4. It's sad that you're not on Twitter...but smart not to waste all that time. I wish more people left email addresses when they comment so it's easier to respond.

  5. I've learned so much from this feature. Now I know how to link to my email too. Thanks :)

  6. I resisted twitter and facebook for as long as I could, but peer pressure made me join. But I'm hardly ever on. Even with the little time I spend on it, when I catch myself becoming too addicted I make myself stop.

    Maybe you'll come around someday.

  7. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Glad you found the email bit helpful :)

    Aylee, Yes, it is time consuming (and lately I've been so behind!) but I agree, I would love a notification. I so often forget where I've commented and where I need to check back.

    Alison, Aw, maybe some day I'll be on Twitter. But not today :)

    Missie, The peer pressure is a force to be reckoned with! And the lure of Twitter giveaways... but I have barely enough time to keep up with blogging as it is. And I ramble way too much for Twitter. :P But who knows, maybe some day I'll join up.

  8. I thought you did it automatically!
    Wow it must take you ages and you comment on so many other blogs too!
    Pleassee get on twitter! ;)

  9. TWITTER! I think I'm going to find a way to mention it every day now until you cave.

  10. Books for Company, It does take a while, but while I can do it I will :)

    Logan, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! You've found my weakness. I'm very susceptible to guilt and nagging.

  11. Thanks for very helpful tips. :D


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