May 2, 2011

While You Wait

We spent nearly all of last week in southern California with Bart's family, swimming, visiting the beach, eating at In-n-Out, and going to Disneyland. It was a delightful week.

I will not deny you the pleasure of many pictures of Ella, but while I get my life together enough to share those pictures, might you do me a favor?

I spent some time last night responding to comments and noticed how many many people do not have their email address attached to their profile. This is troublesome, when there are so many of you that I want to respond to and say, "Yes! You can be in my very (non) exclusive friend club. We will eat cookies and marvel at Kayla's abilities to dress herself."

If you don't have this set, when I get your comment via email and go to respond, it looks like this. I'm guessing your email is not "" Unless somehow dozens of you signed up for the same email address.

And because I care so deeply, here's how to do it. It is incredibly easy (we're talking two minutes, tops) and then I will be able to respond when you ask things like, "What book should I read?" (Answer: Okay for Now).

Also, even if you DON'T have a Blogger blog, many of you still have Blogger profiles so that you can comment, so it'd be very very lovely if you could do this to your profile too.

Anyway, without further ado:

Step 1: Go to, sign in, and ta-da, there is your dashboard. Click "Edit Profile" (for your convenience, I've drawn a very impressive red arrow pointing to it with Paint. Because I am a high-tech blogger).

The "Edit Profile" Page will open. Two things to do on this page. First, check the box that says "Show my email address." And then, if you scroll down a bit more, you'll see a box labeled "email address." Enter the email address you'd like people to respond to in that box. Please.

Then, scroll to the very bottom of that page and click the big orange "SAVE PROFILE" button.

That's it! So easy!

And I will love you forever because I'll be able to respond when you ask a question or if I want to ask YOU a question or just say "Hey, how about we be friends?" And believe me, if you have your email address set to display, we will be friends.


  1. Last time you posted this it changed my blogging world. I had been responding to comments of people whose addresses were . Really should've been paying better attention.
    Everyone who reads this blog should listen to this vital piece of advice. So glad I could join the non-exclusive circle!

  2. Wow, I don't if I have mine set or not. I'll go look.

  3. I do believe that it was you who showed me how to do this, many months ago! So glad we're friends!


  5. That is one thing I love about your blog! You respond to everyone's comments and make people feel like they're your friend that you've known forever. :)

  6. Ha ha. That's so funny because I have been meaning to do this for a while. But you gave me the final push I needed to make it happen. Thanks Janssen!

  7. People without email addresses, listen up! Getting an email from Janssen is a treat!

  8. Yay! DONE! Thank you. I figured I had done that long ago...

  9. I'll have you know that I did this awhile back JUST FOR YOU!

  10. Ok - I just finished reading Okay for Now literally 10 minutes ago.

    I read the first half in 2 days and the second half in 2 hours. Love books like that.

  11. Its great getting an email from you!

  12. Thank you for doing this! I read your blog regularly (and, because of you I read Kayla, Merrick & Bethany's blogs!) and I often want to comment...but can't seem to do it.

    Now I can! You rock!

  13. I have been meaning to do a post like this on my blog. Thanks for reminding me or I may just link to your lovely post. :)

    Oh and I've loved getting emails back from you when I've commented, it is a treat!

  14. I also love that you respond to comments - it definitely is a treat to get an email back from you!

  15. Hope you had an excellent time in So Cal! You were only 5 miles from my house when you went to Disneyland :o)
    My husband and I sometimes hop a bus that pretty much goes directly from my house to the front door of D-land. Very convenient and no parking costs. Bus fare is much cheaper than parking at theme parks around here. I love saving money.

  16. I just wanted to say this is a brilliant post!!! It can be so sad when you can't reply to someone's comment! You need to tweet about this and link back to this post so EVERYONE can do it ahhahaha!!! I will retweet it!!!

  17. Augh, I just started getting more involved in the blogging world again. The last time, it was Xanga, which makes commenting and replying and getting replies so, so simple. But now, I have a wordpress, but read a lot of blogger sites. And I've realized that if I comment as my wordpress, I have no way to seeing blogger replies. But I want to link my own blog somehow!

    Is there a better way to do this than what I'm going to do here, commenting with my google account and adding my blog as a signature?


I try to respond to most comments, so it will make my day if your email address is linked in your profile. If you're not sure if it's linked, you can add it by following these instructions.


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