Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
I like to talk. With my fingers or my mouth - doesn't matter. That makes me well suited for the blogosphere. Sometimes there are things I'd like to say that don't really suit our little blog here. Which is when guest posts are a great outlet.
When I'm out and about reading your blogs I always jump at a chance to provide a guest post if the blogger is putting out a call for them. Sometimes bloggers will do this when they are planning to be away from their blog for a trip or other important moments in life. Other times they have recurring features that allow bloggers a space to speak out. Volunteering to appear on someone else's blog is exciting, challenging, nerve wracking and beneficial to both parties.
You get to share something with a new audience. The hosting blogger gets to feature a fresh voice rather than taking extra time to advance write posts for the scheduled absence. Win, win.
What I find uncomfortable are unsolicited requests for guest posts on our blog. I'm always open to suggestions. But it is still our space. Not a place that is open for just anyone, anytime to provide material. That's what the comment section is for. In fact, I love inspired comments that encourage conversation and lead to collaborations. I'm not talking about those kinds of solicitations. I mean receiving e-mails from folks I don't know wanting to pitch something. It is never out of the goodness of their heart. It most always requires a return favor. If I let them guest post and link here, then they'll let me do the same there. That sounds more like work to me. Someone wanting to market and promote themselves wherever they can, rather than focusing on their own space and being an invited guest elsewhere after spending the time to build relationships.
Maybe I'm taking those types of messages the wrong way. I generally disregard them entirely if I do not know the blogger at all. Perhaps I am missing out on meeting a cool blogger because of that. But if it feels spammy I'm not taking the risk of wasting my time.
I would love to open up the Friday blogging posts to any of you though. Whether we've spoken before or not. Strangers welcome to solicit this time around. Do you have something that you'd like to share on Blog Tips? Or something you'd like to confess or vent about on BlogAnon? Let us know in the comments or send us an e-mail if you are shy.
Guest posting is a lot of fun and good exposure. And when arranged in the right way, it can also create new blogging relationships that you'll value for a long time. Here's your open invitation. Give it a try!
Have you ever done a guest post or hosted someone else on your blog? Did you use the opportunity to get to know a new audience? Did you know that a guest blogger will bring new visitors to your space as well as introducing your readers to that blogger? Cross pollination at its finest!