Guest Post?

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We received this email today. Is it me or does the first sentence undermine the first sentence of the second paragraph?

Hi there-

I'm dropping you a line to see if you accept guest bloggers on [name of blog]. I like to write about home improvement projects and thought an article about home improvement would be a good fit for your blog.

The post will be 100% original, written just for your blog and will not be posted elsewhere. I would appreciate an author bio with a followed live link back to my site, or link within content. If you're interested in this idea, please get back to me.

Thanks,
Name Withheld



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Comments

Indeed. That's a little bizarre.

(Found you on Chicago Bloggers. Hope you don't mind the random comment).

J

Guest blogging happens all the time. It's not the same as ghost-writing. And I'm guessing he would have appreciated having his full name excluded from your post.

Hi Alicia - I wasn't intending to comment on the idea of guest posting, which we've in fact done a few times here over the years. I just couldn't help but find humor in the offer of a "100% original" blog post for us to post on "[name of blog]."

Separately, your point about the name of the person was a good one and I've removed the name from the letter. Thanks for pointing that out.

I don't get it. The humorous part, I mean. It seems like he's asking to trade some original content (in the form of a blog article) for a link back to his blog. Sounds like a fair question to pose.

The note does beg the question: What would a 50% original blog be or 75% for that matter? God bless them though. I barely have time to writer on my own blog, let alone offering up my "services" to others. Glad you guys are still active and no longer at the bottom of my blog list. Can't wait to see the latest "progress".

Wait, did it actually say "[name of blog]" in his email to you? When I first read it for some reason I thought you had redacted your own blog name.

I'm with you Aaron - I'm amused by it. If someone is going to take the time to contact you about guest-posting on your blog, they could at least mention your blog by name!

Definitely seems to be a form letter, which makes you wonder how many other bloggers have gotten inquiries regarding their [name of blog]s.

So glad to see House in Progress active again. So, the curiosity is killing me -what was the dumpster for?

I'm with you Aaron - I'm amused by it. If someone is going to take the time to contact you about guest-posting on your blog, they could at least mention your blog by name!

Definitely seems to be a form letter, which makes you wonder how many other bloggers have gotten inquiries regarding their [name of blog]s.

So glad to see House in Progress active again. So, the curiosity is killing me -what was the dumpster for?

Maybe that wasn't clear in the original post: the person wrote offering to provide a "100% original" post for our site but referred to our website as "[name of blog]."

I'm not questioning his sincerity or the fact that he would in fact provide an original entry. I also am fine with him working to expand his own readership - anyone interested in writing and willing to work for it deserves credit in my book.

I just thought it was a funny unintended error.

And with that, I'll remind myself that a joke that requires an explanation wasn't a good joke in the first place.... :-)

I don't see the problem. It sounds like he is just looking for a gig guest blogging, albeit sans experience in that area, or at least 'house blogging."

Lol! I get it now! Took me quite some time.

It got me confused since I thought the "[name of blog]" part was an editorial act in addition to the "Name witheld". The letter reminds me of comments such as " Great post! Very Informative!" and "Thanks [insert name of blogger], I found your post useful"

Yes it's a generic letter and I often use one. I just make sure to call address the person by first name in the opening and add a PS note at the end.

However, it needs no poetical imagination but only clear and sober scientific reflection to recognize that we are here obviously faced with events whose regular and lawful unfolding is guided by a 'mechanism' entirely different from the 'probability mechanism' of physics. ,

Dreamin. I love blogging. You all express your feelings the right way, because they are your feeling, focus on your blog it is great.

 

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