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 As long as their email address is still in use and has not been superceded by a new one.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 add a 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 agent or 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 🙂