would-be guest blogger.
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a guy who made reference to that article and claimed he had written something that would fit my audience. I figured that if he had read the cautionary tale, he would probably be on the right track.
I wrote back, saying, "Remember that I'm looking for articles that relate to my blog's main topic - marriage and relationships. If your topic fits, I'll be happy to take a look."
And that was that. I haven't heard from him since.
An online search found just one guest post he had written. It was for a writing blog, on the topic of choosing titles for blog posts. I have a feeling that he didn't really know what my blog was about. He probably just did a search for articles about guest posting, found mine, and didn't take the time to look at the larger context.
I know there are a lot of people out there who would love to write guest posts. If you do a Google search on "how to write guest posts," a few million results appear. I often hear from people who want to write for my blog. Actually, that's not exactly true. They want to write something for a blog, any blog. Most of them seem to just send their inquiries out randomly, without any clue about the bloggers they contact.
In the meantime, I love the fantastic guest bloggers who have enriched this blog with wonderful articles. I'd like to meet more of them.
For anyone who's interested, I've written a set of guest posting guidelines.