This is a guest post by Melanie Slaugh. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest posting guidelines here.
You Can’t Do What You Want…Or Can You?
I’m a writer; it is as simple as that. I love to write. My passion, my preference, would be to write only about the topics I really enjoy. Unfortunately, in life you can’t always do exactly what you want. How I got in to guest posting is an interesting story. I actually have a permanent blog I write for, MyISPFinder.org, and I enjoy writing for that site very much. The only bad thing about it is how limited the topics are.
And now we get into guest posting. Part of the reason I started guest posting is to not go crazy. Yes, you read that right. I wanted to… No, I had to write on different topics. I was getting into a serious rut. Since I started guest posting, I have learned more about a wide variety of topics than I ever thought I would. It’s like going to school all over again!
Another reason I started guest posting is to make connections. Feeling trapped in a little telecommunications bubble, I wanted to expand the audience of readers I had. But how do you do that? How do you get your writing out there? Well, everyone loves quality content, and if other bloggers were like me, we all have days where we just can’t write one more thing. So, why not help them out and me too?
Getting Started Is The Hard Part
You wouldn’t believe how many blogs you have to contact to just get one positive response. You’d think bloggers would be hungry for new content, but that’s not necessarily true. I guess I can understand it. They are not sure if the content will be good enough for their blog. It is their baby, after all.
Anyway, I followed a few blogs, so I started there. I knew what they typically wrote about and I also knew I had an opinion I’d like to share. Gradually, I worked my way out of my comfort zone and fell into blogs that were entirely out of my scope. How did I keep writing?
I learned. I read several of their past posts, usually the most popular ones, got a feel for the blog’s tone and attitude, and then I did my research. It’s not hard to find something you can talk about once you know where to look. The better informed you are about a topic, the better your writing will be.
It Is Fulfilling!!
Another thing to remember when you contact a blogger is to pay attention. Use their name, or whatever information they share with the world at large. Make sure you personalize the email. Don’t just slap in a sir/madam thing. Use their name. Tell them what you like about their site. And give them some idea of what you would like to write for them. If you have done previous guest posts that are similar, include links to those as well so they can get a feel for your work.
It takes some work, but guest posting can be a fulfilling use of your time and effort. Don’t expect everyone to love your writing or jump at the chance to have you write for them. Take your time, build up your portfolio, and, above all, enjoy what you write.
About the Author – Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for internet service providers and topics related to internet service providers. She provides this information so people can choose the right Internet package. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907[at]gmail[dot]com.