Open Letter: For You? Seeking Guest Post Contributors

Window on War CC0 Public Domain Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash
One of the greatest pleas­ures in the world is being contac­ted by someone looking to contrib­ute to your blog. There it was, the email “Seeking a guest post oppor­tun­ity”. This contact provided me the oppor­tun­ity to look once again at having others contrib­ute to my blog.

The Importance of Others

cure for the common coldWhen I started the site I asked a couple of writers to contrib­ute a page about what drives them to write. These are still very inter­est­ing contri­bu­tions and I still draw inspir­a­tion from them today. Receiving this email caused me to remem­ber back to those contri­bu­tions and think that it would be a good idea, once again to accept submis­sions on the challenge of writing.
What drives you? What do you believe are your greatest hurdles? By writing about them, by making them public, you declare that you are no longer afraid to face them.
“I read your blog posts and found them inter­est­ing and inspir­ing especially ‘your journey of becom­ing a blogger’” the writer started and added “I have recently started a blog that caters to new independ­ent writers and bloggers”. It always gives me great pleas­ure to see how many people are pursu­ing their writing dreams, even if it is only by creat­ing a blog.
The path of writing neces­sit­ates learn­ing. It also requires other to assist and encour­age. Without the right level of encour­age­ment they can spiral into a cycle of depres­sion. Certainly not something to desire for anyone.

The Guest Post

As I said recently, I contin­ue to learn every­day, both about the mechan­ics of writing and on the subjects I write about. Whether you are in Malaysia, Myanmar, Madagascar, or live next door, the beauty of writing in the modern era it that location matters very little as the public­a­tion medium for the web is all the same. The guest post is a vital part of the process. We as writers should encour­age each other, as well as teach and learn from each other. The use of the blog has opened so many avenues that would other­wise not have been avail­able a few years ago. People simply need the courage to start writing, just do it.
Isaac Newton coutesy Portrait of Newton in 1689 by Godfrey Kneller
It would be great to have a famous person write a guest post, perhaps a modern Isaac Newton. But it is unreal­ist­ic to expect that.
Having taken a look at the writer’s blog it is clear they currently only have one post. I applaud them for taking the step of creat­ing their blog. The next step is getting the second article posted, then the third etc. Each will be all the more satis­fy­ing than the last, especially if they make improve­ments along the way.
Informing people is a vital part of the reason to publish. One of the great challenges of the self-published blog is that it is missing, somewhere in the region of 5 or 6 passes, in front of a profes­sion­al editor. On top of that, the critique given by the publish­er. Most bloggers also fail to look at the work from the publisher’s perspect­ive. They don’t ask wheth­er the piece should be published at all. Newspaper journ­al­ists get used to not having their work published, or having it amalgam­ated with that of anoth­er writer.

Blogs

The vast major­ity of blogs fail, in that they have no longev­ity. The writer is passion­ate about it for 6 months or a year then does not contin­ue, due to changing person­al circum­stances. I would like to encour­age blog writers to build their strengths, contin­ue to publish even if it is one article per month. Perhaps that is the time to publish more guest posts. It is my hope that by sharing the struggles bloggers face they each can grow. In part that growth is because they have shared their struggles with others. But, in part that should be because their build a network linking them to other writers, many of which have the same problem.

Still a Newbie

Comments and feedback should be encour­aged and every person who comments should become a network ally. Feedback is essen­tial for growth and when making comments people should do so in a way that encour­ages growth. Suggest options for improve­ment and tell people what they have done well. Feedback is an essen­tial part of writers sharing their challenges.
“I am still a newbie… Currently I’m working on my second EBook”
Newbie by Igor Miske CC0 Public Domain from UnsplashNewbies are always welcome, indeed should always be encour­aged. The world of blogging may appear confus­ing for them at first glance. Yet, often the unini­ti­ated bring with them a perspect­ive that other writers, like myself, who have been around a while have often forgot­ten. But, “newbies” are not new at everything, they bring something to the table, like indus­tri­al knowledge or that of having previ­ously produced an e-book. They bring with them something others wish to know and to a large part blogging is all about passing on knowledge to a great­er community.
In this case that knowledge is vital. Personally I have self-published one book on Social Media, although I don’t publi­cise it because it needs updat­ing. I have never published an e-book, but would love to learn from your exper­i­ence as I have almost finished creat­ing my first. So in that respect I am a newbie, with much to learn.

Breaking into New Fields

This is one of the pleas­ures of network­ing, connect­ing with people who can assist you in break­ing into new fields. We are able to learn from each other, we each bring with us differ­ent perspect­ive of doing things. This is vitally import­ant and cannot be under­stated.
Networking is of course one of the best ways to connect with others more deeply. I am an open network­er. This means that I am happy to connect with anyone from anywhere. Including people I would have no chance of ever meeting other­wise. On social sites even I have limits, for example, I never follow people who have no bio or no picture, because they clearly pay no atten­tion to what their image is. I know there are people who believe that showing their picture is a sin. But I didn’t say the picture has to be person­al. Simply one that repres­ents “brand you”. Good writers have a social Bio that helps others under­stand who they are and a good picture is a power­ful part of that Bio.
Newbies are of course the life blood of any world, we may not know their capab­il­it­ies before­hand, but every­one should remem­ber the time when they were a newbie, the rookie on the field of play. They should remem­ber those raw emotions, then encour­age others accord­ingly. Perhaps they didn’t have others to encour­age them and it is there­fore essen­tial to help others.

A Chance to Contribute?

ReplyThis reply is both lengthy and public. That is neces­sary. To me your email gives further oppor­tun­ity to discuss the topic of contri­bu­tions to GobbledeGoox as a whole. I want to state to all my readers that I am willing to consider guest contri­bu­tions, in fact I encour­age it.
However I reserve the right to edit your guest post before publish­ing it. I will not publish submis­sions contain­ing offens­ive or inflam­mat­ory writing because I like my readers and wish them to remain loyal. I encour­age you to break new ground, add new thoughts, not previ­ously considered. Please include hyper­links to your own website or other sites you believe we should pay atten­tion to, especially those that inspire you. Links are the life-blood of blogging. However, please do not include any links that are commer­cial in nature.
It was neces­sary, as a part of placing things into perspect­ive. Your think­ing inspired me to write something more than a stand­ard email reply, something that I see as the core of anoth­er piece to encour­age people to write and seek out new avenues of public­a­tion. Darren Rowse (of ProBlogger) has pointed out many times that it is import­ant that bloggers write guest posts for other sites. Personally, I am always seeking out new places to publish. The guest post is a part of my raison d’être. I am happy to have propos­als for new submis­sions for GobbledeGoox. Please send your propos­als for your inten­ded submis­sion to my email. Tell me what you intent do write about and how quickly you can make it avail­able. The guest post, for the writer, is a neces­sary part of Networking. I publish every 6 weeks on anoth­er site and have found that it has provided many new readers regularly.

Inspiration

Your proposed contri­bu­tion about inspir­a­tion and getting into the right mindset before writing would be something a lot of people would appre­ci­ate. A blog post on this topic would be excel­lent and I look forward to receiv­ing it. Readers, please get your pens out.
Peter.
 
p.s. If you wish me to write a contri­bu­tion for your blog then I am more than willing to do that, we can help each other out.

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