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When another blogger asks you to write them a guest post it can feel like you have won the blogging lottery – especially if they are a successful and über popular blogger. Their request will really float your boat and put a twinkle in your eye.
It’s such a nice feeling to know that someone out there in the blogging universe actually likes you and the stuff you write on your blog. Cue teary eyes moment, a warm glow building inside you and the urge to hop, skip and jump around your laptop.
Blogging life doesn’t get much better than this folks!
It’s a wonderful moment when you excitedly type back ‘I would love to write a guest post for your blog’ and then your suffering begins…
Here is what to expect:
1. Your ideas will dry up immediately after you accept their request. Cue the worst period of blogger’s block that you have ever experienced in your entire blogging career. We are talking a serious blog post idea drought! Your blogger will start to remind you about your promise of a guest post either via comments on your blog or via email. Expect your mind to instantly clear when you see their name pop up. This can go on for days.
2. You will agonise a lot over your guest blogger post. If you thought you fretted a lot about your own posts (i.e. are they any good? will anyone like them?) writing a guest post will take this to a whole new level. If your blogger is really popular / followed by a cast of thousands then multiply your current blog anxiety levels by a hundred. This is serious pant wetting stuff! You are faced with the daunting task of putting your work on to someone else’s blog. Your guest post cannot be rubbish / weak / sleep inducing. Their successful blog is in your hands. Cue look of complete terror when this realisation hits home! Followed by sweaty and sleepless nights where you lie awake wondering whether your guest blogger post will send their loyal followers running for the hills.
3. You may consider booking a holiday with no access to Wi-Fi in advance of your guest post going live. Going to a remote spot in the world where you can’t be contacted will suddenly feel like a good idea. If you are uncontactable then the angry email from your blogger saying that your post was so bad that it made their blogging stats tool ‘flat line’ (it got no visitors, views, likes or comments) won’t reach you!
4. You may find yourself praying for a sudden bout of amnesia to take hold of you when your guest post goes live. Hopefully you will forget that you are a blogger for a while and by the time your memory returns your blogger will have forgotten all about your clanger of a guest post. Other bloggers will also have forgotten about your dire guest post so there will be no guest blogger shame for you to endure.
5. You will send your blogger an apology email in advance of them putting your guest blogger post live. In this email you will explain at long length your life’s personal struggles and how these have contributed towards you producing such blogging nonsense. This email will be your ‘get out of jail free’ card when you notice that your guest post got 0 likes and 0 comments.
6. You will dread the day your guest post goes live. Expect similar feelings to taking an exam, going to the dentist and having an internal examination.
7. You will develop a nervous twitch the day your guest post goes live. If anyone mentions the word ‘blog’ in a conversation you will find yourself acting like someone has hooked you up to the electricity mains.
8. You will find yourself kissing the ground when you receive that golden email from your blogger to say that your guest post did ok. Cue feelings of joy, elation and hugs for any other human being standing near you.
9. You will find yourself stepping up your own searches for a guest blogger after this. The need to see some other poor blogger go through the scary and daunting experience of being a guest blogger will be strong!
Your work is done now…