In all the years I’ve been blogging, it’s only recently that I’ve come to really appreciate the Comment Reply via Email feature that WordPress offers. In my defense, the type on the email is REALLY tiny and hard to see, but it is there! If you get email notifications for new posts from bloggers you follow, or comments left on your blog, you’ll see a little, teeny tiny sentence that reads, “Respond to this post by replying above this line.” In my email program (Windows Live Mail), It’s grey on a slightly lighter grey background. To be honest, I never really paid that much attention. I saw the email telling me about a comment, so I’d go to my blog and read the comment. A couple weeks ago, I saw that little line and thought, “Huh. Who knew? I wonder if it works? Do you just click reply?”
Why yes. Yes, it does, and yes, you do.
For me, this is pretty epic. It means I don’t have to use a browser to respond to comments, or posts. My computer is about the same age as me … in, you know, computer years, and it creaks and groans at booting up, just like I do. Trying to open a browser (doesn’t matter which one, they all are heavy resource hogs) makes my tired little box sigh in resignation. Eventually it gets around to opening a window. I’ve learned that when I click to open a browser, then just go throw a load of laundry in, or make the bed or something, and by the time I’m done, voilá! Open browser! It’s like magic. Really … really … really … s l o w magic.
So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to tweak the filtering for my emails, so all the comments and WordPress stuff go into a single folder, and all I need to go is go down the line. Isn’t that cool?
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