Guest Posts and Networking

Guest Blogger Post SeriesFor the past month, I’ve been shamelessly whoring myself around other WordPress sites, offering to write a guest post or (ego in check), provide an author interview.

Self-publishing a novel with aspirations of it finding an audience outside the Reid family necessitates a need to bang my own publicity drum. I’m no Tolstoy but I do believe that if I can’t better, then I can certainly get close to matching some of the self-published titles that I’ve read; titles considered ‘successful’.

Turns out it’s a lot harder to get a guest post gig than I expected.

I remember when I first started blogging two years ago. There seemed to be a tighter network in the blogging community – reblogging and advertising of guest posts was common place, even encouraged.

Now, I’m finding fewer opportunities.

Is it because bloggers are measuring their success on the number of likes they have? – figures that can be easily manipulated? (example – yesterday I received a like, and a generic two word comment on my latest post. Digging into the source, I saw a poorly constructed blog, riddled with typing errors but HEAVING with likes. Later that day, reading my own feed, I saw the same commenter dropping the ‘Nice Post’ comment and smiley face into several other blogs, requesting a view back. WTF?! Is that how people measure success now?)

I enjoy merging communities, exposing people to new ideas or experiences that they might not have heard of before. Introducing well written content to a wider audience. Funny, educational, entertaining – it doesn’t matter, as long as the person has been thoughtful and clearly taken the time to craft it.

I decided to create my little interview series #Reid2Write to introduce interesting voices that I had admired from afar, and bring their original insights to my tribe of followers.

In the last post, I decried my inability to sort the wheat from the chaff and find compelling content through my WordPress reader. Following that, I received some new recommendations for blogs to follow – blogs that might not ordinarily have appeared on my reader but which, now I’m eager to follow considering the source of the recommendation – an excellent blogger I respect (thanks Tric!).

Red and Blue Paint Mix
Gratuitous, paint shot – I’m sure there’s a message in here somewhere about creatively using two primary colours

Many of us operate in our own little blog bubble. Let’s be honest, given the choice, most of us would like more blog readers. The important thing, in my opinion, is to reclaim the ideals of what WordPress, and to a greater extent, social networks stood for. Networking. Not, writing a blog post on Prince minutes after he dies to capitalise on that trend. Not, randomly liking posts based on the fact a borrowed image was cute, yet the person hasn’t glanced at the content.

With that being said, I’m happy to open my blog doors should anyone be interested in writing a blog post. Likewise, I’d be happy to write one in return or offer something else (whether it be advice about SEO best practice – I used to work for Hubspot; finding freelance opportunities or some tips on self publishing).

While Facebook is a lost cause – all shred of genuine interaction and connection long since eroded – I still harbour hope for the blogging community, but the way things are going, the ‘noise’ is making it harder to concentrate.

The WordPress Community Pool in its current format is a lost cause in my opinion. What newbies must think when they log in for the first time, I really don’t know. Bumped to Page 4 because of self promoters who are poised to pounce when the post is announced.

They pitch their shiny blog at the base of the hill in full view of the others who stumble into camp, nervous and uncertain of directions. Some of those new entrants aren’t heard, the noise from those who have camped asking for feedback (again) while our newbies shuffle through and try to find a habitable piece of turf on the fringes where they can assess their landscape, usually alone.

Genuine engagement, collaborating and sharing good blog sites can help streamline our blogging experience and effectively manage the time of those who are passionate about writing.

If anyone has an interest in writing a guest blog on my site (about any topic), or if you would be interested in my writing an original post (again any topic), please leave a comment and I’d be happy to collaborate, provided your intentions are genuine.

Together we can reach new audiences. Besides, it could be kinda fun. 🙂

Further ReadingEpisode 1 of #Reid2Write – Power Blogger and Published Author Catherine Ryan Howard, The ‘Follow-Me-Follow-You’ Blog Chirade

pathfinders chapter 1

photo credit: How Small Business Owners Navigate Guest Blogging via photopin (license), photo credit: Red & Blue Acrylic Fluid Painting via photopin (license)

28 thoughts on “Guest Posts and Networking

    • Sorry, about that. I know what you mean about fake engagement. WordPress is pretty vast and much as I’d like to read every post of every person I follow, there’s just no way to do it. I realize the same thing applies to my blog too, so I can’t blame people for faking it a little. To be honest, though, I think I’d rather have a genuine comment every fifth post than a fake one every single post.

      Anyway, I must rush off now. I’ve got to put the finish touches to my post about Prince and how much he meant to me throughout my teenage years.

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  • I totally agree with you about people juts writing comments for the sake of it. I remember when I first started blogging, I did that, without even reading the blog. I find that there are tons of blogs out there that are over-rated like you said. I’m not saying mine is any better but I’ve found many good blogs that don’t get as much as attention as others which is a shame. Anyway, *great post!*

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    • Thanks trainofthought. After two years I’ve stopped fishing for likes. Now I have the freedom to write about anything without fear of conforming. Next up, how Justin Bieber is the antichrist 😉

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  • This was refreshing to read. I know many people just go down their readers and hit “like” on all the posts without even bothering to click on the actual page. I like how you’re offering your readers to write guest posts. I may take you up on that, if I can think of anything to talk about. 😉

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  • so relieved to hear a professional blogger/writer like yourself struggles with the issues i worry about myself as an enthusiastic amateur. Although I wish that neither of us were frustrated by struggling to be read . I try to set aside an evening a week (usually every other week) to go through my reader list and read /comment/ share the ones i genuinely connect with. i don’t know what the answer is… if you have any tips…..

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    • I’ve decided not to get too attached to the outcome. Either in the writing of my books or blogs. If I receive no “success” it won’t be through giving it my all, and sticking to my code of ethics. I refuse to get drawn into this blog merry go round. Hopefully the cream will rise to the top and I have much more respect for the little tribe that take the time to comment. Likes are worthless. The genuine commenters are the voices I’d be happy to support and dialogue with. Everything else is noise that distracts me from creating something original and finding other like minded people. Thanks for the comment Rose Tinted!

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  • Hi Aidan. It’s a whole lot easy to get a guest post on my blog. In fact, I was about to put out a post soliciting guest posts. Let’s keep in touch, I will read more of your stuff on the blog and check the novel. Meanwhile, you do the same and see if my blog us worthwhile your time. Cheers!

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  • Hi Aidan, this was a great post, and I agree with your sentiments. As a new blogger, I too find it hard to ‘break in’ and to find bloggers to connect with. Thanks so much for visiting my site, best of luck with everything!

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  • Great post Aiden! For some reason, I’ve found that I’ve been doing the opposite: not commenting at all. I’ll usually just lurk through the blogs of the people I follow and click like if I enjoyed a post but never put my own input in. I’m thinking that part of it has to do with the fact that my introversion seems to transfer online too (potential conversations? with people?) 😂

    But I’ve discovered that being in the blogosphere is far more enjoyable if you actually engage with other people.

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    • Thanks for reading Maria. Yeah, I’ve started to go outside the little bubble I lived in online for the past two years, finding new voices. It’s a great community full of interesting people. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  • Fully agree! As much as we would all appreciate more likes and followers, it wouldn’t really mean much having them unless they’re genuine, would it? I’ve never understood the whole ‘likes-for-likes’ or ‘follow me and I’ll follow you back’ strategy… My blogging goal is to attract readers that can actually benefit from my content, find a solution to a problem or just learn something they didn’t know. Getting the ‘Nice post!’ comment definitely doesn’t define success from where I stand… 🙂

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