‘… wherefore art thou?’ – Why you need a contact page …

Well, why not?

It shouldn’t be this hard.

I read superb blog posts every day… hear of intriguing books and great literary offers, see gorgeous photography and artwork and think, ‘I’ll ask them over for a guest post.’

Except, I can’t.

There is no email address visible anywhere on the blog..and if I can’t find one on sidebar, about page or contact page, I’ll probably give up looking.

I don’t really like asking people to come over for a guest post in the comments… it feels a bit intrusive and as if they are expected to say yes. But comments are good…anyone who leaves a comment on my site, also leaves an email address and this allows me to contact them. As long as their email address is still in use and has not been supeceded by a new one.

I can quite understand why someone would choose not to advertise their email address. Even using the forwarding email you can get for your blog, it still lands everything in your inbox and mine gets a bit crowded anyway. But, if you don’t want to add the email address to your front or ‘about’ page, you can always a add contact form.

It is really easy… click on ‘my sites’ top left of the screen, scroll down to WP Admin on the blue drop-down menu and click. Hover over ‘pages’ (or ‘posts’ if you prefer,but it will get lost unless you pin it) and click ‘add new’. There, at the top of the screen, is a button to ‘add contact form’.  Click this and it opens a drop down box…click add this and it inserts a whole bunch of bracketed code. It will show up with your details in it on the preview, but they are not visible to others. And there you have a working contact form.

All you need then is for someone to come along and drop you a message. It may not be me, inviting you over…it could be an agaent ot a publisher. A movie director who wants the film rights to your book (okay, we can dream!) or, more importantly, someone who has been really moved by your work and wishes to let you know.

While you are setting up your contact page, you could also add all your social media links too, so readers can find you everywhere.

And if you would like to be a guest on this blog, just drop me a line, using the contact form below or by email to let me know. It isn’t complicated… all I need is an article, bio and links along with any pictures you would like to include with your work.

If you need further inspiration, you can read the guidelines here.

P.S. The contact form below is by way of illustration and so that anyone who would like to be my guest can contact me. It goes straight to my inbox, so will not work if you wish to leave a comment on the blog itself… please use the comments section as usual for that 🙂

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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32 Responses to ‘… wherefore art thou?’ – Why you need a contact page …

  1. cherished79 says:

    Yes, the contact page is useless on some blogs and I don’t feel like searching around for the info. Also, ‘about me’, telling me about their dogs, city or how many grandchildren they have is wonderful, but why am I reading their blog?

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I don’t mind what people choose to share on their ‘about me’ page…not everyone shares their lives via the blog and it may be the only glimpse I get. But some contact details are nice too 🙂

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  2. Thank you, you made me realize I did not have one on my blog. It’s now on my “About” page. 🙂 Simple fix, like you said.

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  3. I completely agree with you Sue. When reading a blog which reviews books, I often think “wouldn’t it be wonderful to drop the blogger a polite message asking whether they would please consider reviewing one of my books”. However, in the absence of a contact form or email address I am unable to make contact other than leaving a comment. If a site owner chooses only to review books they have read and doesn’t wish to be contacted by authors/publishers, they are, of course perfectly at liberty to adopt such a position (it is, after all their site). However if someone doesn’t wish to be contacted regarding reviews or any other matter, it is, in my opinion helpful if they make this clear (for example on their “about page” or “Review Policy”. Doing so saves authors (and others) searching for a non-existent contact form or email address. I break up my email address which does, I believe greatly reduce the amount of spam received. So, instead of having j.smith@mydomain.com you can have j dot smith (at) yourdomain dot com. Kevin

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      That is another excellent wa of doing it, Kevin. I published my email address long ago as a forwarding email, using the one attached to the blog’s address…and have updated it since. I’ve always got the usual spam but never seem to get any more, even with the address out there.

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  4. When I created my blog, WP automatically created a contacts page. I had no idea how to get rid of it even if I wanted to so I just tried to make it look pretty. I assume that people who don’t have this must have deliberately removed it then for the reasons you cited above.

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  5. Had to go look on my website to make sure I had a contact page! 🙂

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  6. I’ve seen these but never knew how to create them. I’ve got my contact info but I might use this… Anyway, if I do, I now know how. 🙂

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      As long as the contact info is clearly available, I think that is all you really need, but I know a lot of people are wary of putting email addresses online…and the contact form does help with that 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    good advice Sue

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  8. paulandruss says:

    That’s me told Sue! Just added one!

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  9. I had a “duh” moment when I realized I would be creating a new page called “Contact.” Or, as others have done, I could have added the form to my About page (which actually has one of my email addresses). So now I have the form as well. Awaiting contacts! 🙂

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  10. I tried contacting a fellow blogger last week without success. Had to go to their blog and ask him to email me via my contact tab. Indeed, this is a frustration when contact information is not available.
    🙂 Good heads up, Sue. Thanks.

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  11. i agree Sue, but I spent 4 hours yesterday trying to find and fix missing links and info on my blog – and failed – sigh

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  12. Jemima Pett says:

    Yes, I use a contact form, since I was paranoid about spam getting into my inbox. The form is supposed to be set to give me an email alert, but it doesn’t. They all go into ‘Feedback’, but that works – I just have to remember to check it every now and then, and not ignore the little number on the sidebar that tells me ‘You have mail’.

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  13. You are brilliant, Sue Vincent! I just now went and checked my wordpress contact page, only to discover that my contact e-mail wasn’t visible. It is now there because of you. Thank you so much for being a guiding light! So appreciative!

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