I am having a hard time saying no. But, I believe that I need to start saying no in order to achieve more in life.
It’s not just about blogging. But, it’s a lot easier to use blogging as an example.
I have given this some thought, not a whole lot, but I have giving this some thought while I was on vacation in Italy. And, I have read some really interesting posts lately, that are sort of related to my predicament – especially the one from Bill Dorman about the virtual love fest that’s been going on (but not anymore), and the one from Adrienne Smith about her new commenting rules.
Saying no is not as easy as it sounds. But, it’s not why I gave money to a beggar.
What’s happening to me?
Lately, I have been receiving a ton of emails. It’s not just spam, or emails from all the lists I’m still subscribed to. I’m actually receiving a lot of personal emails. So, you probably understand what happened when I was offline for 14 days while I was away on vacation. I am still doing my best to reply to all the emails.
It’s actually a good thing. I really enjoy reading emails, and especially from people who are looking for advice, or who’re giving me comments on something I’ve written. I really love feedback.
I don’t really have any problems with emails. It takes time, and people who are contacting me might not get a reply in less than 24 hours any more, but as long as they tolerate a delay, there are no problems at all.
But, I am receiving a lot of guest posts as well. I never thought that I would receive several guest posts every single day, but that’s actually what’s happening. And, I really don’t like to say no.
Why I probably need some guidelines for my guest posts
I want to use this post to discuss with you why I need guidelines for my guest posts, and what my guidelines should be. Remember, the reason I am writing this blog, is because I want to share my knowledge and experience with you. So, it’s in both our interests that the guest posts are of high quality, and that it’s related to what you’re interested in reading about.
Most of the guest posts I have received are of fairly high quality, but some or not, and I still have a problem saying no.
The thing is, I really want to say no. I’m thinking; it’s my blog, and I only want to publish content that I want you to read. But, at the same time, I don’t want to dissapoint anybody, not even the person who’s looking for a backlink.
Saying no is not as easy as it sounds.
On the other hand. It’s my blog, and if I don’t say no (have any guidelines for guest posts), too many people will continue to contact me, and my problem will just continue to grow.
Please help me out.
I have been thinking about four things that are important when it comes to the guest posts I’m going to publish from now on.
1. The topics should all be related to marketing.
2. The posts should be from personal experience. You probably already know this, but I’m saying it again, I don’t care much for generic posts. I want you to be personal.
3. I want all the authors of the guest posts to share them (at least via Twitter) and to reply to all comments. It’s not just about writing a post to get a backlink.
4. I also want my regular readers to write the guest posts, and not just a random person who happened to find my blog on Google or on some list. I’m not sure how to know if a person is a regular reader though. Maybe if they already commented on at least one of my blog posts, or been in touch with me (via email or social media).
What’s your opinion?
Do you have a hard time saying no?
I’m not really advocating guidelines here, but I think I might need some when it comes to guest posts. Please let me know what you think. I want this blog to continue to be my personal blog, but on the other hand, my main goal is to keep adding value, and do whatever I can to help people. And since I’ve already started to say my opinion about guest blogging, here’s a
free blogging book about guest blogging. Guest blogging is very powerful, if you do it right.
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