The Cold, Hard Truth About Guest Posts

The Cold, Hard Truth About Guest Posts

Guest posting is a great way to get known and gain exposure for your business. I know, because I used guest posting as a marketing strategy for years. I still guest post when the mood strikes me.

Heck, I even wrote an ebook about it.

But most days, I’m on the other end of the spectrum. This place is a popular blog, and I get hit with guest post requests at least ten times a week. (Sometimes more.)

Now in a perfect world, that’d be great news. I’d have lots of luscious content full of smart advice from rockin’ writers with something valuable to share.

Last time I checked, though, the world isn’t perfect.

In fact, if the average guest post I receive is any indicator of where perfection is going these days, I’d say it’s headed straight to hell in a hand basket.

And luscious content? She checked out about half a year ago.

That means it’s time for some cold, hard truth. I may get flack for saying it, but… most guest posts are terrible.

I don’t want to be mean or unkind, but most guest posts my peers and I receive these days are so slap-together bad that NO comes out of my mouth so fast I nearly burn my tongue.

The writing is low level, the grammar is awful grammar, typos are having a party, and it would be easier to let the post die than trying some serious CPR editing.

And I’m not even being a stickler, here. In fact, I’m pretty darned tolerant about those typos and awkward sentences.

But for the most part, guest posts these days are just flat-out bad. They’re poorly researched. The assumptions and claims are frequently downright wrong – even dangerous to the point that following the advice would probably cause some fast business failure.

This blog’s mission is about helping you get ahead, not get you dead.

Here’s my personal pet peeve: Incredibly scattered writing. It’s like writers submit thoughts that have been riffed off without any consideration to organization, structure or flow. They’re so full of tangents, irrelevant points and straying focus that they read like splatter from a smashed pumpkin.

I know everyone likes to joke about ADD, but some guest posters take it to mass epidemic extremes.

These posts aren’t coming from people who feel they don’t have the skills, by the way. Most guest posts I receive are from writers for hire, freelancers and people who actually want business exposure so they can charge people money.

Sad. Really, really sad.

Even sadder? The people who can write, the ones who really know how to work their words, the folk who may not have all the skills but who can pen a good piece nonetheless… well, they think they’re no good at it.

Despite all their talent and ability to write well, the good writers lack confidence and never guest post at all. What’s the world coming to?

Here’s another cold, hard truth: the average guest post isn’t a gift. It’s a burden. It lands in your inbox out of the blue, and it needs to be read, reviewed, edited, approved, formatted, scheduled, and distributed, not to mention commented on and moderated once it gets published.

And that doesn’t even include the back and forth emails between the hopeful writer and the blog owner.

This takes time, people.

Valuable time. And contrary to popular belief, successful blog owners aren’t lounging about on their recliners while beautiful servants feed them frosted grapes. They’re busy people with jam-packed schedules and businesses to run.

And time is money. Deny it as much as you’d like, but it’s true.

Here’s what really knocks me for a loop, though: Let’s say a blog owner spends his valuable time and reviews the post. The final verdict comes through, and it’s not looking good. The guest poster gets a “thanks but no thanks”. What happens then?

Surprisingly, in many cases the guest post gets published – warts and all – on another blog.

Now sometimes, that’s okay. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and we’re all well aware that what makes for good writing is often highly subjective to personal preference. It’s fine for a ‘no thanks’ guest post to find a good home.

But I’m not talking about a good post, here. I’m not talking personal preference or the wrong fit for the blog’s focus.

I’m talking about a bad guest post. A substandard, poorly-written piece that got turned down because it just wasn’t very good. You could say the guest poster didn’t know the piece was that bad, but I’ve seen writers who are well aware of the fact turn around and shop the piece out to someone else.

That’s a little like saying, “Well, looks like Aunt Nancy didn’t like this natty purple sweater… I guess I might as well give it to Gramma Wilson. She’ll take anything.”

How about taking a good, hard look at that natty sweater and realizing that maybe Aunt Nancy is giving you a big, fat hint that you need some help in the fashion department? Or how about having some respect for Gramma Wilson, who really deserves better than questionable castoffs that make people wonder about her sanity behind her back?

Here’s the big clincher, though… the strategy works. Gramma Wilson will wear the laughable sweater and other blog owners will publish the badly written post. I see them end up on all sorts of blogs, blogs with quality reputations and big readerships.

It stuns me. It shocks me. And it actually makes me wonder what’s going on out there.

Have we all given up on good, solid, well-written posts in favour of just having something to fill up Tuesday’s empty slot?

I haven’t. And other blogs – the smart blogs – haven’t either. They’re accepting less guest posts and tightening up standards, just like I have.

Because here’s the thing: Getting a yes on a guest post submitted to a reputable blog should be an honour, not a given. It should be a goal we strive for, something to work towards. An achievement that helps us learn and improve.

Don’t you think so?

So for guest posters and blog owners alike, here’s what I suggest: Stop lowering your standards. Stop saying yes to fill empty spots. People are tired of it. Start getting critical and picky. Demand more from what you read and what you write. Stick with what’s solid, what’s well-written and what’s clearly worth reading.

It’s the only way we’ll make this crazy blog world a better place, after all.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Once again, I agree with you James.

    I accepted guest posts for a while, but I found that the submissions I got were not bad per se, but not living up to my standards, and it was wasting my time.

    So I went back to just my own stuff. Easier that way, although in the future, who knows?

    Rocks!

    • It’s tough because there are indeed some fantastic posters whose work I leap on with a, “Yes!”… but it’s like sifting through the hay pile to find the jewel. Sigh.

  2. Hey James,

    Thanks for sharing this post. I love your honesty about this topic. I do have a problem. English is not my first language so I have a hard time writing quality articles. So what I do? I do my own writings, put my thoughts and send it to a professional writer or freelancer, is this practice unacceptable in your opinion or I should start learning how to write like a professional writer?

    • I’ve seen plenty of great writers who have English as their first language be in definite need of an editor to help them shine even more. Having great ideas that should be shared is fantastic! So not everyone needs to learn to master writing to get those ideas across.

      So I’d say do your best to write, have that editor help out and post with confidence. And if you can, observe what the editor did to improve the writing… and try to apply those changes to future work. That way, you get the ideas out there, learn slowly through observation and eventually save yourself some money as your writing improves.

  3. Interestingly, I never had to guest post. I got one gig early on that was paid blogging with my own author box and that was all that was needed to land more.

    Of course, one of the reasons I never sent a guest post here or any of the big leagues was a. I was scared my post wouldn’t be good enough and b. I didn’t have anything ready to capitalize on the exposure that would result if it got accepted. Yes, I know both reasons reek of twisted logic.

    My gripe is with blog editors. I’ve seen posts of mine (probably others too, but mine are the only ones I pay attention to) butchered with bad grammar to fill in the preview space or meet some other such requirement. I’d rather the editor send it back to tell me that X paragraph needs a few more sentences so it shows up on the website in alignment or whatever instead of doing it themselves.

    I lose credibility as a writer with awkward sentences and bad grammar popping up in the middle of the post!

    That said, I’m tempted to send you a guest post just to see if I make the cut :)

    • What’s even more interesting is that in most cases, the ones who worry and hesitate usually have pretty stellar material to offer up – the lack of confidence holds them back, not the lack of writing skills!

      The ones who care less, who riff off crap fast and who don’t have self-confidence doubts typically fail the standards test… but they DO get the post to the big-name bloggers.

      Something to think about, eh? :)

      As for editing, I hear you. When I edit a post, I always send it back to the writer for his or her approval – the author should always have the right of saying, “I don’t like what was done.” I know that when I guest blog, I dislike seeing my post changed without my knowledge, so I never do it to others – it’s just polite!

  4. It seems pretty simple to me. Almost all of us can benefit big time from taking writing courses or lessons.

    I was an author and wrote for a publication with 49+million readers.

    Although I knew my subject matter, I struggled and struggled to get a decent enough piece written to hand in. I rarely felt good about my work.

    Bottom line? It’s a BIG MISTAKE not to work with an expert on improving your writing.

    As I’ve said many times before: “I used to be someone who wrote for a living. Now I’m a writer who is practicing and improving….step by step. Thanks to DFW and James.

    Am I going to stop taking writing lessons or courses? HELL NO! I need guidance to keep me on track and continue to hone my skills. Fran

    • I think people also tend to forget that good writing skills aren’t just for blogging and guest posting. I’ve had a few moments where I’ve received an absolutely terrible email – grammar, typos, lol-writing – and a beautiful post.

      It made me wonder if the person emailing me was actually the writer or if he stole the material!

      With good writing skills, you write a beautiful guest post AND you write an email that wins over the blog owner!

      • That’s funny… like running a marathon and collapsing just before the finishing line. At least it seems that way to me. Why go to all that trouble if the email won’t get your post read? But somehow, if both got read, then this writer MUST have done something right to get and keep your attention. Can you put your finger on what that was? Was the post ever published?

      • Very funny….hey, you converted me …what can I say???

  5. What I love about reading your blog posts is that each is a lesson in the right way to do it. You have structure, your sentences flow, there is poetry in your images, your sentences/paragraphs vary in length and design, your message is clear with lots of examples, you tell us exactly what you are looking for and what is a waste of your time. You have internal links. You always include a smile or two. You’re even getting bold enough to include a couple colons:)

    And, for your t-shirt collection, you should add: “Helping you get ahead, not get you dead.”

    Thanks James. Someday I’ll get the courage to submit a guest post.

  6. You’re entirely right and I found the process of inviting submissions to be far more trouble than it was worth.

    It would help if guest posting wasn’t built up to be the best way of driving traffic. Because that’s all it becomes for people – a way to sell and be seen. Any notion of quality assurance goes out of the window.

    The subject makes me grumpy. Sorry.

  7. Hell and Yes.

    It’s the blind leading the blind. Bad writers think bad guest posts are acceptable because they look fine to them: they don’t know any better. And if the blog’s owner is hardly any better than a cheap SEO link-monger himself, how is he in a position to turn down that guest post robo-form inquiry email? He’s doing the same thing, anyway, and don’t they want to scratch each other’s backs?

    • The SEO linking? Don’t even get me started on that. I’ve had a few bait-and-switch cases lately where people send me a post, waste my time and money while it goes through the process and when I say it’s approved, they say, “Great. Now put in this link to some absolutely irrelevant and obscure company you’d never promote, please.”

      Which of course, I turn down… and send them the bill for my time. :)

  8. “top lowering your standards. Stop saying yes to fill empty spots. People are tired of it. Start getting critical and picky. Demand more from what you read and what you write. Stick with what’s solid, what’s well-written and what’s clearly worth reading.”

    Yes, yes, YES!!!

    I’m sick of reading the same old bull crap all over the place. Let’s raise our standards, let’s produce impeccable work EVERY time. If we’re serious about being writers, we owe it to ourselves.

    PS. Guest post coming soon… just ‘cos now you’ve laid down the gauntlet.

    ~Nikki

    • Damn “S” key slid past my Ctrl + C.

    • Well, I don’t know about impeccable… guest posters are only human after all! But I’m totally with you on the hellfire cheering for upping the standards!

      • No one should expect perfection from mere humans. But writers should be fully aware of the mileage they can get from a quality guest post in a successful blog. They should at least aim for perfection, so I have to agree.

        In my case, the hesitation about pitching for a guest-post is for the same kinds of reasons some of the other folks on here have given. For one, I feel like my present niche is too far removed from the blog I REALLY want to write something for. So while I go about getting my new blog set up, I’m working on a few ideas. I was taught that what you submit to a popular blog should be better than anything you would routinely write for your own blog. If I get turned down I figure I’ll have learned a great deal about what NOT to do.

  9. Guest posting is bad for business. I haven’t seen a shred of evidence to the contrary and that’s why I don’t allow them.

    Where’s the ROI at for the time and effort involved? I’d rather publish nothing.

    nuff said.

    • Hee! Depends what you mean by “bad for business”.

      Guest posting was my single-most important marketing strategy that shot me to fame and allowed my blog to become the successful, well known resource it is, and it still works for me today. So definitely good for business!

      Publishing guest posts to my blog, though, doesn’t bring many returns – if any. I accept guest posts because I believe that up-and-coming people need a chance, just like bloggers gave me, and I want to help them get the exposure they’re working hard to achieve.

      But the posts don’t bring MY business anything extra… and in fact, some have even caused damage.

      • OK James, I get how it doesn’t really add that much value to business. I see guest-blogging more as something that allows talented people to move up the blogosphere “food-chain.” Up and coming talent have EVERYTHING to gain and nothing to lose by getting a quality post published in a successful blog. IMHO they should aim for nothing less than a post that goes viral or at least ranks highly on the host blog for quality engagement. This pulls talented but unknown writers out of obscurity. I’m sure if he thinks about it long enough, Peter can come up with how that can be good for business on the long run if he does it right.

        But isn’t it true that as bloggers become more successful it helps to have a trusted group of contributors you can depend on to create content every so often? You may have a pressing personal concern or health issue that needs attending to and will take you away from your business for an extended period of time. The plus side of this is that over time, you can be very selective who gets into that inner circle. And it also allows you the option of concentrating more time on other kinds of content that have nothing to do with writing. This may not be a big deal in every niche, but I suspect is is a huge concern for others.

        Maybe the benefit from a business standpoint isn’t direct or instantly noticeable, but If I ever get to be as popular as you are, I think I’d like to be able to do the same thing you’re doing for others for the reasons I outline above as well.

  10. LOL – “to hell in a hand basket” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_hell_in_a_handbasket ).

    A favorite expression of my Mom’s. I think mostly used among us kids.

    I second Mary’s comment above. The reasons (flow, imagery, etc.) why I enjoy reading your writing.
    Also, as a reader, I don’t need to slog through or rarely have to go back and re-read good writing to understand it. Thank you, James.

  11. I believe many writers simply don’t know what constitutes great writing. They belive they know, but they’ve never bothered to pay an editor to hack the flab, and they’ve never joined a course like DFW. If they had, they’d understand what you mean.

    Do these writers know what structural edits are? How about line edits? How about weak sentence structure, explitives, and nominalization?

    In sports, split seconds separate first place from second. Writing is no different.

    • That’s what’s interesting, Shane. Most writers can string a sentence together and make the writing itself LOOK like good writing… but if you read, you realize that the structure is terrible, there’s irrelevant material, there’s no POINT and nothing of value.

      It’s a little like dressing up for Halloween – great costume!!!! But what’s underneath?

  12. Word!

  13. Rhiannon says:

    As a writer the kind of guest posts you describe are quite alien to me. I take a pride in work well presented, researched and proof read but perhaps I am the exception. I agree with those who said some people see a guest post as just another traffic generation exercise and as for the blogs that accept these poorly written posts, they can hardly call themselves professional as the writers may eventually learn if they get enough rejections from top qualty blogs like this one. But with the proliferation of text speak, the absence of teaching of grammer in schools now, the instant gimme, gimme, gimme now! culture where so many expect to be famous for a damn site more than five minutes without a single talent to speak of, the slog of producing a quality, well researched piece of writing is perhaps too much of an effort.

    • I agree that fast and furious has become a norm and that craftsmanship standards are suffering because of it. On the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that many guest posters aren’t actually professional writers.

      They’re businesspeople. They want exposure, marketing, credibility… so holding them to professional writer standards isn’t fair or right. (That’s why we have editors in place to take care of that for the writers.)

      What they do need to remember, as businesspeople, is that while the writing may not be puritanically perfect, it does need to present a good idea with a good angle and bring value to the reader!

  14. Hi James,

    I’ve got letters from my grandmother and her cousin written in the 1920’s that read like personal essays – beautifully written, eloquent, humorous. They lived in a time when expressing yourself through the written word meant something.

    Today, it’s all about the sound bite. I’ve written guest posts and most of the site owners have thanked me for sending them something coherent. Most have been published without any edits or the adding of a paragraph near the end.

    Good writing takes practice and time and desire. It may not be everyone’s forte. Non-writers might prefer to use video.

    Folks can gravitate towards whatever medium they feel comfortable with.

    Guest posts are important and wanted to thank you for letting others share their voices on your site.

    Thank! G.

    • Heh – I’ve thanked people profusely for sending me a post that barely needs edits as well. It’s rare – really, really rare.

      As for writing from the past, my wee one recently saw her grandmother write out her name, by hand, in beautiful flowing script. And wee one exclaimed: “What’s THAT?! That looks hard! Why don’t you just use a keyboard, gramma?”

  15. Well, I have almost come to hate guest posts. I remember reading a popular blog but then the owner stopped writing much and to stick to schedule, published guest posts everyday.

    I just plainly hate that. Not to blame anyone, I have been on the other end of spectrum too, I have submitted bad posts.

    I think guest posts are going down the way link exchanges went. Slowly, something new will take their place. But what?

  16. Finally someone has touched on this subject. Lately I have been noticing an overwhelming amount of typos, bad grammar, abruptly ended thoughts and the list goes on. Thought for a moment that maybe it was just me.

    I think one reason for it simply could be the big push the writing/blogging “Gurus” give on the matter. That any very few people actually taking the time to sit down and write something that has quality to it. With these combined factors, not just guest blogging suffers, so does the blog owner and their blogs brand.

    • That’s absolutely true. So many times we’ve seen “Just write, just keep writing, just put in more time” as a method of quality improvement.

      I abhor the notion that better writing is achieved through quantity alone. It’s just not that simple.

      Then throw in the rigorous and periodic nature of blog updates (whether daily or weekly). Is it any surprise we’re awash in an ocean of crap?

  17. You had me up to here:

    “They’re accepting less guest posts and tightening up standards, just like I have.”

    It’s fewer, not less: “…accepting fewer guest posts…”

    Dude!

  18. For years now there have been about 15 prominent blogs, all hovering around the same general subject, advocating for guest posts as a “great way to build your reputation/traffic/ego/whatever.”

    Yours is the first to criticize that practice, and I respect the hell out of you for it.

    You hit on a key point: Good writers don’t think they’re very good. This is 100% analogous to good comedians and good musicians. Think about it: You NEVER hear true pros talking about how great they are. They just do their thing, filled with an odd mixture of confidence and self-doubt. That’s the hallmark of a pro.

    • “Good writers don’t think they’re very good. This is 100% analogous to good comedians and good musicians. Think about it: You NEVER hear true pros talking about how great they are. They just do their thing, filled with an odd mixture of confidence and self-doubt. That’s the hallmark of a pro.”

      How true. I like to think of myself as a magician, but anytime I finish up a show I’m always thinking, “Damn, that sucked bad.”

      Of course, that’s followed up by a number of audience members coming forward and telling me how much they enjoyed the show. They’re crazy right?

      When it comes to the good writers, good entertainers, or anyone who is more talented than they know, we need to tell them. Not just that they are good, but why we think that.

      I feel like I’m rambling way off topic. So … what’s a guest post and why should I care (especially when you don’t have a blog)?

      I need to hit “post comment” before I get self-conscious and run away back to just lurking.

  19. I lament the dearth of good writing skills and sense to proofread too (a dictionary check helped me avoid embarrassment about the spelling of dearth), but there is also a lack of focus on good research skills. Few seem to realize how getting basic facts wrong or generalizing erodes credibility. And blogging is after all about building relationships by building trust, right? Without credibility, you never have the chance to get to trust.

    Some of the research skill issue is due to its invisibility to the reader. Bad writing is apparent because it is right there in front of you. But no one sees the research you did or didn’t do for your post. For example, I am writing a post now about how changing health attitudes affected the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in the 1990s. In the process I am mentioning the rise of diets during that time. But behind the scenes I want to know exactly which diets and what year they came to prominence. Specificity will make my point stronger and more resonate.

    The secret about research is that checking even the most basic facts leads to greater accuracy and precision which strengthens your credibility. And prevents you from embarrassing yourself. A worthwhile investment in time!

  20. I agree that there’s a lot of lousy content out there – written by guest posters as well as blog owners.

    I like to think however there’s a certain amount of natural selection occurring. For example:

    – Does crappy content generate useful traffic?
    – What about comments and other forms of audience engagement?
    – And what about word-of-mouth?

    Ultimately, content needs to relate to the bottom line (assuming of course there’s a business purpose driving the blog) otherwise crap isn’t going to do much more than what crap does: draw flys and other types of bottom feeders.

    Can’t escape from natural consequences.

  21. Oh if only people would listen to you! The answer is yes, yes and yes to all your questions. Blog owners and businesses are just looking for content to fill the spaces and hopefully win a prized position on Google’s page one. They have yet to learn that it is QUALITY content that works, not crap. And this is why we bloggers are paid slave wages for what we do…because many business owners simply do not understand the value of good, quality content, therefore they believe it is not worth the money. I will just keep plugging away and hope that someday I find that site that wants to pay $300 per blog post. If so, be certain that you will find me living up to the image of bloggers lounging around all day!

  22. Thanks, James. I was about to hit send on this awesome guest post I’ve been working on for 5 weeks but then I read your post.

    Just kidding.

    I don’t have a guest post ready. But after reading this I think I’ll give it a shot. I like a good challenge and you’ve just virtually slapped me accross the face with a tiny leather glove, like the guy in those old movies wearing a top hat and holding a shiny silver pistol.

    50 paces!

  23. Yes, James. Your pet peeve is something I whine about every day.

    Many writers who call themselves by that name don’t know how to write correctly, not to even mention luscious content.

    There was a time when it mattered whether one was regarded as being educated. The basic ability to express oneself correctly in writing was one of the key building blocks with a built-in emphasis on organization, structure and flow. This was a non-negotiable requirement for general written communication.

    Now, sadly so, many writers do not even know the basics that should be an intrinsic assumption before other style and skill factors even come into play.

    They regard the substandard submissions that end up in our mailbox as an easy way to exploit the publicity they can hopefully get from being associated with your brilliant site.

  24. It is sad that people see guest blogging as a way to generate a backlink rather than the chance to show off your best work to a new and wider audience.

    I’ve written a couple of guest posts, and each time I’ve tried my best to create the best content that fits in with the general ethos of the site owner. If you create quality content then it becomes a win win situation as the blog owner is going to get more comments and the guest blogger will move up a notch within the niche.

    It’s so sad that you’re having to deal with this sort of crap, I think you may need to put in place a stricter application process?

    Andrew

    • Nicely said Andrew. That will be how I hold this moving forward.

      ” If you create quality content then it becomes a win win situation as the blog owner is going to get more comments and the guest blogger will move up a notch within the niche”

  25. All credit to you for continuing to accept guest posts even with all the hassle! Here’s hoping that future guest posters read this article and then re-read their submission first!

  26. I am guilty of all of these things here on this site.

    Holy hell.

  27. Go and Google some topics in your industry. Find some garbage guest posts that are ranking. Write the blog owner and offer to write them a great post to replace the crap that’s on their site now.

    You’ll find many blogs receptive to this AND you get your post published on a page that is already ranking.

  28. Hi James,

    You are stunningly brilliant!

    If I could find a guest blogger who is just half as good as you.

    I would literally approve his work without thinking. And even offer to pay him some bucks for such an article well done.

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder. It is important to hold our standards high. Else we see our blogs degrading in quality as time goes by…

  29. Vic Lewis says:

    It looks like I’ve found a site to follow, to be inspired by, to gorge on and to emulate.

    I’m truly one step away from getting my foot on the first rung of the blogging ladder; it’s time to consolidate my disorderly notes and whack a post in.

    No, not a guest post…not yet anyway – on account of my procrastination and blogophobia; are they the same?

    I’m taking advice from the esteemed writer and doyen of the short sentence: Ernest Hemingway.
    I didn’t realize it, but I’ve been using one of his techniques for effective progress since my bout of stage fright first engulfed me, here it is:

    “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”

    Except, I was throwing away reams of pages of absolute shit and keeping half a page of bottom of the ladder mediocrity.

    OK, time out! I admit that it may take a while to get around to shortening my sentences, and it could be some time before I write a ‘page of masterpiece’, but after spending some time reading James’ blog, and mulling over everyone’s responses…whaddya know, my procrastination is easing up; I’m ready to slog-a-blog. Thanks to all, I’m inspired already.

  30. Good calling-out. I feel a bit like I did in grade school when the nuns would call us to task. Straighten UP! Get your grammar in order! :)

    I’m currently working on my own articles and several guest posts. I hold a high standard, but a recent rejection – polite – but a ‘no’ nonetheless – has me shrinking back like the wicked witch’s legs curling up and dying under Dorothy’s house.

    Was the post really not for that blog or was it bad? I can’t tell.

    What’s really missing in blogging is in-house editors. Blog buddies, hired editors, some sort of checks and balances to ensure that what we’re sending out isn’t just decent but smokin’ hot.

    I’m taking this post not as a slap-down but as a glove-down challenge. I’m spiffing up my articles, stretching my metaphors and getting a last-minute collegial critique before sending anything out.

    Thanks for the challenge!

    • Hey Cynthia.

      I’m so with you on the rejection. It makes us doubt our abilities! I sent in a guest post to a big freelancing blog and didn’t hear back. I waited two weeks, edited it some more, and sent it in again. Again, no response. I didn’t even get a no thanks.

      Highly demoralizing. Something about that post wouldn’t let me discard it though. I decided to change the focus a bit. I sent it in to a web design blog that covers freelancing as well. Not only did it get accepted, I was paid for it and offered a regular blogging job with them.

      So hang in there and look for other blogs to send the post to. Send over your post if you’d like someone to go through it.

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