If the goal of a blog is for one person to post content and another person to read it, how necessary is it to stray the reader’s eyes with a page listing contact options?
What about a different page to learn about the blogger?
I share the above links of my blog only because Code Anthem’s blog lacks those pages. Visiting the site, you’ll see article after article listed in vertical reverse chronological order — and the sidebar is equally minimal with RSS and Twitter icons, a list of recent articles, a list of frequently-written topics, and popular articles.
Scrolling down their blog, people do comment. But nobody sends them email messages or knows who they are — because they don’t share. They prefer anonymity.
Amber Shah, the software developer behind the start-up company, elaborates:
Between managing the blog and building the Code Anthem site itself, I never got around to putting up a bio and photo or a contact form. One reader called me out in the comments, saying:
“I am enjoying the articles. However, the anonymity and the stealth-mode is a little weird. I think using real names would give your company and site a lot more personality.”
And I think he’s right. The point is not “don’t do those things”, the point is just to prioritize on what makes the most sense for you, and realize that they aren’t necessary to having a successful blog, at first.
With the caveat I’m not getting rid of my contact and about pages any time soon, what do you think about blogs that don’t have them?
How necessary are standardized blog elements for a blog to exist?