Second things second: Guest posting.
Most of the time, we talk about the importance of getting out there and guest posting from a blogger’s point of view. It matters to bloggers. You get more views and expand your audience. Maybe there is some other incentive involved. These are not wrong.
But forget blogging a moment—writers should guest post too, for writerly reasons. See, look:
1. It’s Writing PracticeIT IS ALL WRITING PRACTICE. Practicing is how we get better at our job. This kind of practice, though, does not just exercise your writing muscles but your critique-receiving muscles. A new audience means new blood, and with that? New reactions to respond to.
2. You Make ConnectionsConnections are important to writers. That is what I have been told. And also I know it for a fact. Through guest posting, you can meet new CPs or beta readers, new friends to enter your support group, or new readers who love your writing. Guesting posting is the big cheese… just another way to get out and about.
3. It Will Challenge YouGuest posting is challenging. When I do it, it is because it scares me—I recently entered a contest just because my first reaction was “oh my hell no I would never do that not in a million years nuh-uh.” So I made myself do it to grow as a person. I didn’t win, but my victory was in the submission and kicking fear in its face. Not everyone gets challenged that way, obviously. Even so, I think guest posting inherently comes with the challenge to speak to a new audience, find where your interests intersect, and then present yourself and your ideas in a way that will be meaningful to them. Is that not challenge itself?
4. You Read (Reading Helps)Well, maybe not everybody does this. I do. Before I guest post, I read samplings of the host blogger’s work and guest posts they’ve previously accepted to get an idea of what they’re looking for. How will I do what I will do? In doing this, you take on the job of studying style and being damn stylish in response to that.
5. It is Fun!Writing should be fun, and ultimately guest posting is. You have the awesome opportunity to connect with other people, especially other writers, and who knows? Maybe they will give you a vacation to Hawaii if you rock! (Just kidding. No one does that. But trust me, it is fun.)
And now I present the awkward transition, where I switch to the end, and as you may have guessed, is where I ask for guest posts. I say something like “next month is the end of the semester which will be super complicado so it would be the coolest thing if three or so people were willing to guest post on my blog so I don’t have to.”
Next month is the end of the semester which will be super complicado so it would be the coolest thing if three or so people were willing to guest post on my blog so I don’t have to.
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I am flexible on that though. We could trade guests posts, if you wanted (although letting me get back to you in May would be a bro move on your part). You could have all the thunder to yourself and just donate a post. And if you don’t want to post, you could still show up here and give the currently non-verified guest posters some high fives to say “Good job!” and “Yay you!”
If this sounds like something you might like to do (and, I mean, why wouldn't you? I just gave you five great reasons to give it a try), visit my contact page or DM me on Twitter and I can give you a fuller idea of what I have in mind for guest posting, and you can pitch a few ideas about what you might like to talk about.
I fully recognize that this post is both pleading and suggestive. That is all.