How to find out who posted on your blog by email

Blogger’s mail2Post tool allows you – and others – to post to your blog using email. But it shows the post author as the person who set up the mail2Post address that was used, and doesn’t show the email address the post was from. Combining mail2Post with sending email tells you the email address, and gives you some other tracking and post-management options. This article explains how to do this combination of functions.

Mail2Post and Blogger

The mail2Post feature (sometimes known as Post-to-profile or M2P) is one way you can let others write to your blog

You can also use it to create posts yourself, when you don’t have access to the full Blogger tool.

It’s easy to install, and it works quite well, although there are some limitations (without labels, pictures can’t be processed properly).

But if you want other people to write for your blog with mail-to-post, a problem is that all the posts that are sent to your blog via mail2Post are shown as having the same author, that is, the name of profile in the Blogger profile of the blog. Google account that has installed the mail2Post feature. So what you have no way of knowing who sent in who places

Emailing is a way around this, and it also gives you a tool to solve other problems (eg images not showing up in email posts).

How to configure mail2Post with a forwarding address, using Gmail

Note: These instructions use Gmail to create the forwarding email address. You will need to log in and out of your Google account several times – it may be better to use a separate browser, or even use another email system that supports sending (e.g. yahoo mail, hotmail, your ISP) to do this sending it. address

1 First, create mail2Post for your blog – and remember the secretWords address that you have installed.

2 Turn off your blog’s RSS feed.
(This is so you don’t accidentally tell the world your SecretWords address when you approve the send – you’ll turn it on again at the end)

3 Install a new Gmail accountfor this purpose only.
I will call this the mail2Post-forwarding address in the rest of this article. Make sure you remember the password for this account.

4 Request to send mail in this account, from

Choose Settings from Gear options (NB this is based on the “new look” gmail – see Gmail help if you need to find the equivalent option in the older gmail interface).

Choose the Transfer and POP/IMAP tab

Click Add a Forwarding Address

Enter your secretWords address in the window, and press Next

Click Ok on the message that tells you that a confirmation code has been sent.

5 Back to Blogger: in your blog, there must be a new post containing the message with the verification code. See this post.

(The format of this message may seem a little odd—it’s written to be treated like an email, not a blog post—but the approach works.)

6 Click the verification link which is shown in this post. (Fyi, your blog is the ONLY way you can access your secretWords “email address” – there is no way you can send email messages from it).

7 Test that sending works well, from using your personal email to send a test message to your new mail2Post-forwarding address.

8 Check that the test message from your email appear on your blog as a post, either draft or published depending on the settings you used. If it’s not there, go back and double check your mail delivery options.

9 Once the submission works fine:

  • Wipe out the test seats and the return validation email from your blog.
  • Turn u RSS feed on again.


You, and anyone else you tell the address, can now use the mail2Post-forwarding address to post to your blog, depending on the options you chose when you create mail2Post.

What your readers see

Your readers, even those who use it RSS readerso follow me by email, will view posts normally,

If your blog shows the post author, then the one that was used to set the mail2Post address will be shown.

What you can see and do

Your blog will look the same to you – both when you see it and in the dashboard screens and the list of posts.

But you can too log in by email using your mail2Post-forwarding address – and here you can see all the email messages that have been sent to your secretWords address. It shows you who they came from. It also gives you other options:

Photos and videos

If the attached images did not make it to mail2Post correctly, you can save them to your computer and then put them in the post in the usual way.


In addition to redirecting incoming posts to your secretWords address, you can add extra rules to notify other people (eg blog administrators or authors) of new posts.

Advanced filter

Maybe there are some posts that you want to be published automatically, while others should stay as a draft. You may not be able to accomplish this – but you may be able to use gMail’s filtering rules to send some posts to your blog and some to you.

Spam and hacking

Any email address, including your secretWords address and the mail2Post-forwarding-address, may contain spam. Gmail’s filtering tools remove most of this (which is an advantage of using only your secretWords address, which AFAIK has no spam filter). However:

  • If hackers guess your secretWords address – you need to change the secretWords address and then change the auto-forwarding rule in your mail2Post-forwarding address.
  • If hackers guess your mail2Post-forwarding address, you can either add extra filters to deal with them, or just delete it and set another mail2Post-forwarding-address and just tell the appropriate people.

Related articles

Setting up mail2Post for your blog

Enable or disable your blog’s RSS feed

Give someone write access (ie author permissions) to your blog

What is RSS and why is it important for your blog

Put a photo in a post

Put the posts in your blog pages – using Tags

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