Variety is the spice of life, or so they say, and there is plenty of variety in the Tots100.
Each week, we invite a different blogger to guest edit the Tots100, and select their 10 favourite blog posts for our Friday Ten at Ten round-up. We’ll also be asking our guest editors to submit a guest post and tell us what’s on their mind. We know you’re an opinionated, lively bunch so we can’t wait to see what our guest editors come up with!
This week, our guest editor is Tasha Goddard who has been blogging at WAHM-BAM! for three and a half years. Random Tasha fact: she was home-educated for a few years and part of her education included hitch-hiking to Antwerp with her mum for an Esperanto conference!
Tasha will be back on Friday with a Ten at Ten, but in the meantime she asks – do you mind writing blog posts for other bloggers?
Is it still okay to ask other bloggers to write guest posts for free?
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about how much bloggers’ time is worth and complaints about outrageous requests from brands and random people we’ve never heard of flooding into our inboxes to write for free.
But what about writing guest posts for other bloggers? Who would you be happy to write a guest post for? Just the big bloggers, only your friends, or would you consider writing guest posts for smaller and newer blogs, to help them get started? After all, most guest posts involve spending a chunk of time writing, some research, finding images, linking to various pages and posts and usually you’ll feel obliged (or be asked) to publicise the post on social networks.
Is it okay to ask a blogger to guest post for you? Or put out a general call for guest posts, to fill some down time, or run a feature or event? I run a sporadic (very – it’s been over six months since the last one) Book Week, which relies on guest posts from bloggers, authors, poets and publishers. But, at the moment, I wonder if it would be presumptuous to ask anyone to do such a lot of work just for my blog.
Personally, I like writing guest posts for bloggers I know and whose blogs I read. I find it can bring new readers in, helps build community and is usually fun. In fact, I often find it easier to write a guest post, with a set deadline and topic, than actually writing any of the hundreds of posts rattling around in my head.
What about you? Do you write guest posts? Would you be offended or flattered if a fellow blogger came to you asking if you’d write something for their blog?