Poetry Challenge Update to Issues

The contact form that WP “allows” us to use on our blogs seems to not be working for most poetry challenge participants. Over half of you are having difficulties.

WordPress posted a message on my blog stating:

Customers can’t reach you at contact@colleenchesebro.com – click here to add a mailbox:

Let customers reach you at contact@colleenchesebro.com. We’ve partnered with Google to offer you email, storage, docs, calendars, and more integrated with your site.


Professional email and so much more.

We’ve partnered with Google to offer you email, storage, docs, calendars, and more integrated with your site.

$6 per user / month

$72 billed yearly

Wow… if I sold $6.00 worth of books a month to afford this I would be happy. However, this is way too rich for my blood. WordPress, this is not the way to keep your customers happy! Why can’t they simply insure that the contact form works?

Yesterday, I lost my saved blocks in the editor and they disappeared from my site. When I contacted WP they said they were still there. Possibly, they reset something, because when I went back into my blog after our chat session ended, the blocks were there.

It has been my experience that many poetry challenges ask the participants to simply email in their entries. So, to make things easier… Let’s do that. I would like to continue to add the poems and links to the recap so that is the only solution I can come up with.

Please Email me at colleenchesebro.com. I will need: Name of the poem, #Type of poem, Your Https:// address of your blog post where you wrote the poem, and your poem. <3

Thanks for understanding. Next week, I will delete the contact form from the challenge. If you any of you have any ideas to make this process smoother, please let me know.

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Oh, Colleen. If you’re like me with too many irons in the fire, you don’t need glitches to upset the boat. I hope all gets sorted soon. 💕

  2. Sorry for the glitches and frustration Colleen.. and I have sent an email…hugs ♥♥

  3. The contact form was working fine until 2 weeks ago so WP must have done something. No worries, I will email you going forward.

  4. Mercury Retrograde and Gutenberg = Disaster! So glad I never went there. And WP gremlins are everywhere. 🙁 xxx

  5. It is getting harder to find ways that work, what with everything changing almost overnight. I worry about WP, for they will lose a lot of people if they keep pushing the boundaries…

    • Honestly, where else do we go for blog functionality. The business plan… it costs more but there are tons of free plugins that really make a difference in the functionality of your blog. That is where they are pushing us. My sister in law uses Wix for a business blog. It is difficult to use compared to WP. They know that for sure. I started with Blogger years ago. But even that is limited.

  6. WordPress can be so irritating. I think they keep making things more difficult, not less.
    Mr. Linky is good if participants really use it to read everyone else as well as post their own work, but most don’t I think. And you want to showcase the words in your post. so frustrating! (K)

  7. Just emailed you sis.
    Maybe just make sure everyone posts the link to their entries in your challenge post replies… or is that harder?

  8. Gee whiz, Sis… what a creepy thing to have to deal with. However, I know that YOU, of all people will come on top! <3

    • LOL! I’m working on the issue but not finding many options. If I upgrade to the business plan, I can install plugins that will do the job. I’m thinking about it. It’s really difficult to deal with WP anymore. <3

  9. I’m sorry to hear about this issue. Everybody seems to make money out of authors but the authors themselves… I hope it’s sorted soon. ♥

    • I may just have to upgrade my blog to the business plan to install a plugin to do the job. It just is so frustrating. LOL! All I want to do is share my poet’s work. The cutting and pasting of the recap is around 3 hours to do. I’m still thinking about the issue. <3

  10. What a nightmare for you, Colleen! The only other suggestion I can offer is that dVerse (and also Frank Tassone) uses “Mr Linky”. It seems to work pretty well.

  11. Colleen, what is the first part of the email? ???@colleenchesebro.com

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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