Keeping Track of Certain Blog Post Conversations on Active Rain Since the 'Notify Me' Option is Gone

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So I'm sure we've all had several conversations in the rain about the numerous changes here.  One of the changes more recently is the removal of the 'Notify Me of Comments' option.  That was the little box you checked after you made a comment on another AR member's blog post.  This way for those of you who wanted to keep track of the future conversations happening because of the topic at hand, you could.  And when you were tired of keeping up with the conversation, you would go back to that blog post, select the Edit button and uncheck the 'Notify Me of Comments' box.

For me, keeping track of all the blog posts I commented on got overwhelming and everytime someone else commented on the same blog post that I did, I would be notified of it in my AR message box and in my email.  Needless to say - the constant messages after a while, especially if I made comments on featured posts (that usually got 40 to 100 comments over time) became so overwhelming that I fel I was drowning in comment notifications.  ARRRGGHH.

So I think AR's change was a good one to remove the option all together.  But for those of you who enjoyed keeping up with each comment log, there is an option so that you can keep up with the conversations going on with every post you've commented on.AR Blogger


Here's How:

When you comment on another AR member's blog post, you will get a notification in your AR mailbox on your HOME PAGE, that YOU just commented on "Jennifer Allan's" post for example, with a link back to that particular blog post.  Instead of deleting your inbox messages, keep them.  That way you keep track of who's posts you have commented on and if you want to revisit that post to see if the blogger has responded to your comment, or to see other AR members' comments, this is a very simple way to stay on top of the AR blogging world.

And when you're finished with a particular blog conversation - just delete the message in your message box.  It's that simple.

I was racking my brain over this for a while and it just hit me today how simple it is to stay in touch with everyone on AR - in regards to blogging.  I know it's so simple and really very obvious, but sometimes when we're all caught up in the fast paced lifestyle we all lead - those very obvious solutions don't necesarily jump out at us so quickly.

Enjoy commenting and blogging in the rain and I look forward to commenting and keeping track of all of you and your blog posts.  Ciao'  Jessica


Copyright 2009.  Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved.  *Keeping Track of Certain Blog Post Conversations on Active Rain Since the 'Notify Me' Option is Gone*

Comments (6)

Winston Westbrook
Westbrook National Real Estate Co - Victorville, CA

Good stuff Jessica. Hey are you any relation to a Michael Bigger?? I knew him down in the LA area. 

Mar 20, 2009 05:20 AM
Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
Freelance Real Estate Business Writer

Hey Winston - You know I might be.  It's my husbands last name.  I'm sure we have some distant relation with Michael.

Mar 20, 2009 05:27 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Jessica, I hadn't noticed that they removed that button. I also haven't used it in ages. I do keep my comments until I see if they answered a question I've left. It is a good way to follow a post!

Mar 20, 2009 06:16 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Jessica- it's not gone... it just moved to right under the post.  You can book mark, flag, email or check the box.  Still there, just moved a bit.

Mar 20, 2009 09:09 AM
Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
Freelance Real Estate Business Writer

Connie and Tammy - I guess my button's been removed for a while.  I actually contacted Bob Stewart on AR about it a while ago and he said they were removing that option.  Either way for those folks out there who are in my situation.  The above post works as a good solution for keeping track of whats going on.

Mar 20, 2009 04:56 PM
Cindy Roeschen
Tricon Homes - Wylie, TX

Thanks Jessica for the post, I have been looking for the option to check in my settings and couldn't find it.  :)

Jul 29, 2010 12:05 PM