I'm a big fan of Google services in general, and use quite a few of them. I don't happen to use Gmail though. I do have a Gmail address as part of my account, but I don't ever check it. I have added my regular email account as an alternate in my account settings, but I can't seem to figure out how to make the alternate address the primary one. Because of this I never get any notices from my account because they all go to Gmail, which I never look at.
This page: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045580?hl=en# has a note about setting the alternate address as the primary by first deleting it, but gives no further information on what to do next. OK, I've deleted it about a dozen times now but I still can't set it as the primary address.