I don’t usually rant. In fact, I’m not sure I know how. But here goes.
Bit of a Rant on Guest Post Submissions
I get a fair amount of requests for guest submissions on this site. I assume in part it is because I put up a page called Guest Post Guidelines, a page that gets a lot of hits according to my analytics. Feel free to hop on over there and take a peek – or just stay here and let me tell you that I welcome posts on a wide range of topics related to tech, design, websites and small business. But I do have a strong preference for posts that won’t make me fall asleep midway through the post. This is how I phrased it on the guidelines page:
Here are some examples of what I’ve gotten as requests. One blogger described herself as a photographer. So she sent me a post on some dull topic. I said, as you are a photographer, can you send me a photo to go with your post. She sent me some dull, free stock photo (and not her own). Um, no, that was not what I meant.
Another example is a guest post request with spelling errors or grammatical errors. No, I’m not going to accept those posts. Sorry.
Many of the posts seem to be submitted by someone with a woman’s first name who is obviously just a front for a company who needs some incoming links. I suppose if the topic were really fascinating, I might consider the post. But usually it is the same old same old same old that one can read on the too many proliferating blogs of today.
Sometimes it is my fault that I miss a good submission. This has not been the easiest year for me (my father got very sick, I was his main caretaker for several months, and then he sadly died in October). So if anyone wrote to me in some of the harder parts of this past year, I may have missed a good opportunity. But I know none of those submissions where by people who have left regular comments.
I got a great post last week from a blogger who wrote on a topic that unfortunately is not really appropriate for this site. I do recommend having a discussion for me via email before writing an entire post. On the other hand, he can easily submit it to another site. It wasn’t like it was tailor-made for this one.
Many Guest Posts are Great
I just want to make it clear that I’ve greatly enjoyed many of the guest posts that we have had on this blog. I learn a lot when someone knowledgeable posts on a particular topic such as analytics or apps or social media. I hope to continue to accept guest posts as I see fit for the blog and the blogging audience.
Your Turn, Please – Your Guest Post Stories
Do you accept guest posts on your site? Have you had good, bad or otherwise notable experiences? How do you handle guest post submissions?
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On a related topic (related in the way that I am encouraging positive and praiseworthy blogging as opposed to rants and negativity and rejection), I am working on a post of Favorite Posts of 2012. I will include some of my own, but I would love your help in finding favorite posts by other bloggers. If you have a favorite post of your own or even better of someone else, feel free to share the post via Twitter with @leoraw in the tweet or hashtag #favPost2012. If I get a lot of response, it may become a series of posts. Thanks for sharing!
*If you want to see a larger version of the teacup watercolor, visit this explanatory teacup watercolor post.