I know I ask for guest bloggers. I love guest bloggers. I love good content and I love supporting other blogs. But the majority of responses I get are like this one (I’ve deleted any identifiers):
I’m —- —- a content writer loves writing articles as a hobby on topics related to Nannies. What if I provide you with an unique article for your site as a Guest Post without any charges. In return I’ll be asking for a backlink to my website —- —- “. As “—- —-” is an attempt to reach more qualified nannies looking for work.
I’m sure after reading this you would definitely love to know more about my writing style. Please have a look on some of my writing samples:
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It would be a pleasedful moment for me to see your positive respond on my offer. I will wait for your reply.
There are at least, I don’t know, a dozen things wrong with that email. And this is from a writer with English as her first language?
And why do I always get emails from the Nanny bloggers?
I’m taking down my page asking for guest posts. Gah.
I’m actually going to skip boring you with the details of my weekend. They’re not exciting. You should know that already, because I’m blogging on a Saturday night. The truth is, I had to check the calendar on my laptop to verify that it was, indeed, Saturday. Say no more, right?
During the past few days, I’ve spent some time with a couple of the stories set to release during our catalog launch in April. Formatting them. Reevaluating placements for artwork. Proofreading. Again. And working on some synopses that (hopefully) will make you all KILL to read them.
Because you’d kill for a good story, right?
It seems like these stories have been in the illustrators’ hands forever, but that’s just my impatient inner enthusiast talking out of turn. And needless to say, this artwork was worth the wait. I’m super happy with the way everything turned out, which is getting me geared up for all things emotobook.
And all things blog. Like this one. And like the several other ones I run. But especially this one. It needs a makeover. Maybe just something subtle. I… don’t know yet. BUT one thing this blog definitely needs is a better blogroll. I have this crappy list of links on the left sidebar that I haven’t updated in years.
For a while, I was visiting over 100 blogs. I didn’t have time to give everything my full attention, of course, but I wanted everyone I knew to discover these resourceful sites and network with all these people- these fellow writers and creative souls. But having long lists like that is a huge turn-off.
If every blog had a button, I’d snag them all instead. Not a hundred of them. Maybe ten. But maybe I could create a page for other blogs and include whatever photos or logos I can for them. My question is, what would you like to see? What kind of presentation would make you most likely to check out those links?
I’ve learned so much about blogging just from doing it and from reading other people’s blogs over the years. I’ve read countless articles on how to blog successfully and I’ve helped people set up their blogs and websites. I’ve taken document and web design classes. This is very obviously not apparent by looking at this particular blog, but I do know something about this stuff. Not the technical stuff, but the other happy nontechnical stuff.
Tomorrow I’m supposed to help a friend create a blog. I figured I’d show him some of mine so he can see different styles and layouts on different hosts. But as I’m texting him, giving him solid tips for blogging success, I realize I don’t follow most of it. At all.
So the first thing I need to do is try some kind of schedule so I’m not posting so erratically, start posting some more substantial stuff, and then maybe attempt some kind of organization.
Any suggestions about organization or content?