Blogging, Time Management and Contact Form Use

Blogging tips blogs like onecoolsitebloggingtips.com can quickly become “revolving door” blogs.  As most bloggers asking for help do not have related blogs the likelihood that they will publish a post containing a backlink to the blogging tips blog of the person they received help from is very low.

Contact form use issues

One can find oneself spending a great deal of time “privately” answering  the same questions posed through contact form use over and over again.  By answering “off-the-blog” the blogger gains nothing  in terms of blog promotion via publicity,  and also gains nothing in terms of increased readership, hits and backlinks to the blog.

Time management issues

I am a time management wizard who is skilled at mutitasking. I’m self employed and making a living is where the majority of my time is spent.  The second draw on my time is relationships with family and friends.  In third position for drawing on my time is blogging.

Solution

As my time is in high demand, I have made the decision to change my approach to answering questions posed through comment form use in 2010.  In the event that I am asked a question by way of  contact form use on a topic that I believe other bloggers may benefit from hearing the answers to,  I will publish a new post on the topic.

Benefits

Publish a new post on the topic will result in me, my blog and other bloggers benefiting in the following ways:

  • the blog posts will be indexed by search engines so other bloggers can locate them;
  • the  posts themselves will then receive hits from those who come to read the posts and benefit from the information in them;
  • the blog will be able to receive the benefit  backlinks from those who link to them;
  • and I will benefit by making better use of my time.

Question to readers:
What’s you opinion on my contact form use policy change?
How do you manage “off-the-blog” contact form requests on your blog(s)?

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12 thoughts on “Blogging, Time Management and Contact Form Use

  1. That is exactly how I have managed answering my readers’ questions. The step-by-step instructions that I spend an hour writing up almost always make great content on my blog.

    • @jenn
      Instructional posts and tutorials often attract more traffic than other posts do. They do benefit more readers than sending individual email answers to individuals do. Also the same questions do tend to be asked over and over . Best wishes with your blog. :)

  2. I feel you on this, I think its safer and easier and keeps everything clean. I took your ideas on board and created a contact form page and I wrote a thing telling people their emails may be used in future posts. Not that I’ve ever got many emails from readers but the one or two I did get makes me think this is a great idea. Thanks!

  3. Re your “question to readers”, I agree with the change. As you may have noticed, in my tips blog I don’t even have a contact form: I don’t see why someone would want to –or why someone should be allowed to– get in touch with me in any way other than a comment. And I’m writing this because our blogs are similarly oriented: whatever piece of advice we may be able to offer may be of interest to someone else too, so for me comments and only comments it is. (The only time I was asked for an e-mail address was by devblog, and that was just because of his kindness and discretion: he wanted to correct me on something, and apparently he wanted to avoid doing it publicly.)

    • @Panos,
      It’s always good to hear from you, and particularly good to hear from you on this topic. The best way to help the greatest number is to publish … to blog. :)
      P.S. devblog is a gentleman.

  4. G’day Timethief, I appreciate your site and check it via a feed link every day. I find many good tips, some I never thought to ask about because I did not know it was possible. If I had a specific problem I appreciate the way I can now contact you. When I have used one of your tips I do give your site a link in my post.

    • @Pauline,

      G’Day and Happy New Year!

      Thanks so much for posting a feed to my blog. I really appreciate it. I also appreciate the backlinks as well.

      My news is that I have purchased a domain for the blog and domain mapping. This has resulted in a loss of PageRank but I expect that it will recover in the next few months. Welcome to http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com

      I hope you have a superb blogging year. :)

    • That’s true. I have wondered about this for a long time but have never asked other bloggers what they do. I have to make this change so thought this was a good time to ask others what they do.

  5. When I had my Thinking Uhuru blog going regularly, I never had a contact form, only comments. I maintained this policy when I switched it over to WordPress later. If you’re blog is more marketing-slanted, then clearly a contact sheet/form/database system is key, otherwise, it’s more of a preference IMHO.

    What do you think about subscription by email for blog posts? I’ve never had blog subscribers with WP, but had comment subscribers.. I had enough readers with my Thinking Uhuru WP blog, but it would be nice to see people commit to subscribing to THE BLOG..

    • @jesseosmun
      Hello there. I do recall your Thinking Uhuru blog. :)

      I provide RSS feeds to my posts (entries) and comments. In addition I provide feedburner service to subscribe to email updates. This blog does have a fair number of subscribers to the email updates and I’m happy about that.

      On one hand, it’s good to have subscribers. One the other, it could be that those who do subscribe to email may not click into the blog often.

      Thanks for your feedback on contact form use. I suspect that many bloggers don’t use the contact form. Of those that do I’m thinking that most won’t get many off-the-blog questions, and only if and when they do receive a lot of them they may reconsider contact form use.

      Best wishes with your blogs and for securing more subscribers too. :)

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