I haven’t been around the blogging world long, but I’ve been around long enough to see that guest posts are quite a thing.
From what I’ve noticed and what I’ve read about them, they have a few pros and cons:
- Fresh content
- Different voices
- Less posts for me to make
- More exposure when the poster shares their post on my blog to their followers
- The time you spend not writing posts, you spend editing the guest’s post.
- Sometimes you have to be mean and reject peoples’ posts.
Well, at this point in time, I have a hard time coming up with cons.
I, for one, think (as of right now of course) that allowing guest posts is a great idea. We’re a community here, and I want to be able to let other people share their posts on my blog, and vice versa. That way we can find new bloggers to follow, with a beaming recommendation from someone we already do follow.
I think there are a lot of opportunities to be had by allowing for people to guest post.
Everyone is always looking for a way to get their name out there. My blog is not huge by any means, but I’m hoping it works its way up. Someone with a smaller blog can guest post here and get more exposure for themselves. On the flip side, someone with a huge following can guest post here and I can get more exposure when they share the link with their followers.
Look, I think we all get the picture here –
I am opening submissions for guest posts.
My plan as it stands is that these will be shared on Fridays, for as long as I have people interested in doing this. I am going to add a page to my menu including a contact form and guidelines so that everyone is clear on what I’m looking for and how to submit your pitch.
Here’s the skinny:
- I’m only looking for original content. I have no interest in someone claiming I stole their work online. I also prefer that your post has not been published before to your own blog or somewhere else.
- Only one outsourced link is allowed, not including a link to your blog and social media accounts. I mean to outside websites/articles, etc.
- You must use the contact page or the guest post contact form on my blog to submit. Your message should include your name (username is fine), email address, and a pitch for your post. I’m not a literary agent, I don’t need something super polished. Just pique my interest is all.
- I will respond to the email and let you know if you should write a post and send it my way. 🙂
- After I’ve responded to your email asking for a post, you have 10 days to submit it to me.
- If you need longer, no problem! Just shoot me an email so I know. If you know it’ll be more than 10 days period, add that to your pitch email.
- All posts must be related to at least one of these three subjects. Wherever you go with them is up to your interpretation.
- Caffeinated beverages
- I prefer posts to be between 350-750 words.
- You are more than welcome to send along some pictures you’d like included.
- If you do not, I may add one or two in myself.
That’s all I’ve got right now, but I of course reserve the right to update those as I see fit.
So, to any awesome bloggers reading this post. Do YOU want a write a post and be featured on THE CAFFEINATED WRITER? Send me your pitch!