I play well with (blog with) others. Guest blogging in four parts – Part I of IV.
I decided to go to my own guidelines to propel this first “Blogging with others” blog. Later, I’ll cover “Hosting a guest blogger,” “Querying another blogger,” and “Being a guest on another blog.”
Open and inviting – If you are going to openly invite others to write an article for your blog, you should consider creating your own guidelines. Post your guidelines on your blog so they are readily available.
My guidelines – These guidelines work for me. I am quick to tell guests that my guidelines are just that – guidelines – not hard-and-fast rules. I tweak my own guidelines from time to time, depending on my experiences and my blog’s development.
Karen S. Elliott’s Guest Blog Guidelines –
I like blogs that are helpful to other writers or something that is fun and/or educational. For instance –
Social Networking, i.e., blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
Dealing with writer’s block
Proofreading or copy editing
Foreign words or phrases
Words, phrases, or acronyms for a specific job or hobby, like hiking terms, cooking terms, hunting terms, gardening terms, scrapbooking terms, and so on.
Flexible – I’m flexible. If your blog post does not cover any of the above suggestions, that’s okay. I look at uniqueness and originality, too.
Opening photo – I always post a picture/photo on top of blog posts. If you have a suggestion for a picture, I’m all ears (or eyes, rather). Pictures must be clear and crisp. The final decision on picture selection is mine.
Quotes – Many of my original blogs have a famous quote at the end of the post. If you have a suggestion for a quote, I’m all ears. The final decision on quote selection is mine.
Style – I like small blocks of text with bolded headers (proven blog winners). I do not like huge blocks or text with no white space.
Word count – If I feel the blog is too long, I will suggest edits. My blogs are normally about a 1,000 words; I may make an exception if I feel the content is compelling. Please do not be offended if I suggest edits or changes.
Be nice – Please do not slander or defame anyone in your blog article.
Headlines – I try to encourage readership with good headlines. I reserve the right to create a headline or edit your headline.
Re-post – I’m happy to post something that you have previously posted (as long as it belongs to you). If you are submitting a new article as a guest blog, I’m happy to include links to content on your blog if it’s pertinent.
Proofread – I’m sort of a nit-picky stickler for punctuation, typos, grammar, but I do allow for casual flair. It’s a blog – not a letter to the President.
The f-word – I do not care for foul language although an occasional use of a body part or slang on a bad word is okay. I will look at each blog post with fresh eyes and take the entire blog post on its overall merits.
Deadlines – I require that your draft blog post be in my inbox a week before the scheduled blog post. This is to allow me to give it the once-over and to be sure I have it prior to its scheduled posting date. My deadlines are firm.
Linking and blog love – I will link to your blog, Facebook page, website, Twitter, etc. I ask that you mention your contribution and my blog somewhere in your social networking, i.e., on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Google+, etc.
Guest blogger pic and bio – I like to post a profile picture (yours!) and a bio (yours!) so don’t get shy on me.
As a final note, I’ve revised my blog guidelines about a dozen times. I’ve also revised my blog quite a few times – to accommodate my audience, to accommodate my feelings about writing and publishing, and so on. A blog is like a jellyfish – ever changing, ever moving.
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” –Albert Einstein
“Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do you have blog guidelines? What blog guideline is an absolute must for you? What would you add to or delete from my guidelines for your blog?
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