I play well with (blog with) others – your guest post

I play well with (blog with) others. Guest blogging in four parts – Part IV of IV. You can see Part I, blog guidelines here, Part II, hosting a guest blogger here, and Part III, query another blogger here.

Your guest post –

Your blog host accepts your blog idea and gives you a deadline. You are scheduled to be a guest on another blog. Fabulous! Don’t simply walk in, drop the gift, and walk away…

…now the work begins.

Deadline – Your host tells you, “Please have your submission to me by December 31.” Make sure it’s in her inbox by that date. Better if you have it to her before the deadline.

Dress up – Don’t send a slopped-together article. Go in your best dress. Brush your teeth. Shine your Mary Janes.

Check the mirror – Proofread, edit for clarity, adhere to word count, include all the information your host asked for. In addition to the article, your host asks for your bio, a profile picture, and your URLs. Don’t make her come back and beg you for them. Submit these as attachments to the submission email.

The extras

BIO – Your host asks for a 50-word bio. Don’t send a two-page resume and expect her to edit.

PIC – A profile picture – Have one. Have a recognizable profile photo, not you amongst 37 cousins at your last family reunion.

URLs – I keep all my URLs in a list, so I don’t have to retype them every time.

Post Day

Share and promote – Make a post on your own blog that directs subscribers to your host’s blog. Go to the host’s blog page and click all the buttons to share it, tweet it, Google it, etc.

Socialize – Visit the host’s blog over the next few days and look for comments. Respond to comments. Be nice. Don’t embarrass your host.

A dud – It your guest post is successful, great! If not, don’t go off pouting or FBing “Why isn’t anyone commenting on my guest post?!” You posted it to your blog, FB, Twitter, and so on. Let it sit for a day. Then consider posting it to your Facebook again.

Send a thank you – Even when I thought Laura’s 10th birthday party was a dud, my mom made me send a thank you note. It’s the right thing to do. Send a thank you to your host.

When in doubt, remember what mom said. Sit up straight, mind your manners, say thank you.


This is the last post in the series about Guest Blogging. Are you psyched to have a guest or be a guest?

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”  ~John E. Southard

“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” ~George Colman

“There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.” ~Robert Brault

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Filed under Blogging, Branding & Platform, Editing & Proofreading, Social Networking

7 responses to “I play well with (blog with) others – your guest post

  1. I just did a guest post (the first ever) and am gratified to find that I hit all on your list of playing nice! It’s a great list, that seems only logical and polite, but apparantly not everyone knows about. Great job on informing the masses!

  2. Thanks…works for me! Thanks for stopping by Lara and Shawn!

  3. I really enjoyed this series Karen. Lots of tips to think about to improve the experience for both the guest and host. And, loved the Mary Jane comment.

  4. Thanks, Stacy. These posts were fun to do. Mary Janes…I think I had the originals.

  5. Fantastic advice…especially the one about writing a thank you note :-). You know I’m on a mission to revive the art of personal note writing.

  6. Pingback: How to play well (and blog well) with others | Karen R. Sanderson's Blog

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