My 2 Biggest Roadblocks to Guest Posts
Are Guest Posts right for your blog? You won’t find very many guest posts on this blog, but maybe you shouldn’t read too much into that!
You’ll find a whopping total of two guest posts here on Patrick’s Place.
If you already think that doesn’t sound like many, let me put it into deeper perspective: there are a total of 4,877 posts — I imagine that may include some draft posts that are works-in-progress — and this blog is almost 10 years old.
It probably sounds like even fewer now!
The first guest post I ran on this blog was since removed for personal reasons. I’ll leave it at that.
The second guest post came in 2011, two years later. Thomas Frank, a blogger and web entrepreneur I admire, wrote a guest post for me about three simple ways to improve your blog.
If I keep to my current trend, you shouldn’t expect another guest post until some time in 2014.
I wrote one of my own back in 2004, the first year of this blog, as AOL Journals, the platform on which this blog originally appeared, celebrated its 3rd anniversary.
It’s not that I dislike the concept of guest posts. I do like it, actually. But there are two main reasons I have for not having done more guest posting — either running other people’s guest posts here or writing guest posts elsewhere.
The Name Problem
I should have named this blog something else. Patrick’s Place seemed like a great idea at the time. While it’s easy to remember, it is a little limiting. Any reader who comes back after an initial visit, presumably found something he likes that was presumably something I generated. Why come back to “Patrick’s Place” to read something written by someone other than Patrick? (I do wonder sometimes why they’d come back to read something written by Patrick, but that’s a post for a different day.)
The way I got around this on those two prior occurrences was in reaching out and asking people I knew to write a post. I had a reasonable idea of what they were going to say and how they were going to say it.
That’s not to say I would have said it the same way, but I knew they weren’t going to come in here and “rock the boat.”
Some bloggers enjoy rocking the boat. At times, I do, if it means asking readers to look at something in a different way. Is it bad, however, that I’d rather rock someone else’s boat?
I try to look at two or more sides of an issue. But I also try to present as clear a direction as possible. So it seems to me that there needs to be at least some sort of agreement — or at minimum — a common baseline between me and those who guest post here.
The Time Problem
Earlier this year, the same year that this blog achieved a record number of visits and page views, I moved to a daily posting schedule. Posting something daily is challenging enough when life doesn’t get in the way. But when life does get hectic, a daily schedule takes a great deal more discipline and time to pull off.
That means reaching out and managing guest posting here becomes a challenge, because I not only have to write original content but must monitor the progress and edit a guest post. More time.
It means that guest posting elsewhere becomes a challenge because the time I’d spend writing that guest post would have to come at the expense of writing the next post here.
So between those two simple issues, guest posts haven’t had much of a presence here.
Do you run guest posts on your blog? Have you written guest posts for other blogs? How do you manage the time required for each and how do you select the bloggers or blogs you collaborate with?