Are you a freelance writer with experience to share? Have an article or blog post in mind that might prove useful to folks new to writing for the web? Let me give you an idea what I’m looking for in a guest blogger.
The ability to maintain a professional perspective with your writing, but still keeping it real, useful, conversational, and engaging is an absolute, non-negotiable must. Our audience is diverse in professional backgrounds, writing experience, and career goals. Some community members are stay at home moms writing in their spare time for extra money. Others are true blue professional freelancers looking to make the shift to writing for the web or pick up work during a slow period. Some community members work exclusively with content companies. Others spread themselves out between private clients, content work, and print publications. Our community is savvy and independent, not stupid.
Everything you say should mean something. No hype. No hyberbole. Don’t tell us something is wonderful, show us. No bashing or unnecessary negativity. A bad experience should be shared so others can learn from it and develop systems and processes to avoid a similar situation. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be ugly about it. If you have a negative review of a company or something you think writers should be aware to protect themselves, that’s fine…but let’s keep it professional.
Your post or article can be 300 words or 12,000…I just expect guest posters to have something valuable to say. Imagine sitting across from your favorite person, chatting about your post topic over coffee. What would you say? What would you tell them? Would what you offer be valuable to them, offer them something new, better, easier, or otherwise prove useful to them? Be yourself and offer up your best to the folks who will be reading. Have them walk away saying “gee, they really know their stuff.”
When you’re trying to sell me on your idea, that’s what I’ll want to know. Why would this community want to hear what you have to say?
If you can do that, with an article that speaks to this community, then tell me! I’m always open to ideas, suggestions, and guest posters. Oh, and here’s the important part that most writers really want to know…yes, I pay for top quality guest posts. Not a lot, but a respectable rate for a blog with little to no revenue…I like being able to say what I like without worrying about offending sponsors.
Drop me an email at sandi (at) the blue inkwell (dot) com. Tell me your post idea with a few links to your published work, and we’ll talk. (Come on…don’t be chicken!)