Last Updated on: February 5th, 2018
20 Blog Post Must-Haves is officially available to everyone now! I’m pleased to say that you can get it for free, too, if you hurry!
Let me tell you my story about how this came to be.
That’s not the half of it, either! The two places where I’m guesting this week are on blogging blogs (blog about blogging)! Imagine that! I’m on my way becoming a pro blogger!
Wait – it get’s better! The two guys who are “having” me have never allowed guest posters on their blogs before!
Yes, I feel pretty special right about now.
And having my name appear in close proximity to Problogger’s Darren Rowse is kinda neat.
Today’s post is about reaching new heights nearly unheard of in blogging.
My experiences have knocked my socks off!
I’m shocked at what’s happening, especially since it seemed to happened so fast…
Guest posting, blog post writing, and the fact that I wrote an ebook and didn’t know it have mixed to form a crazy couple of weeks for me and has made me feel like I’ve been elevated to “pro” blogger status – even though I haven’t.
The true story I am about to tell you is a bit unbelievable, but I swear on my dead grandmother’s name that I’m telling the truth. (My Nana Kay Reguly must be looking down on me with love. Either that, or I am incredibly lucky. Or my stars are aligning. All I know is that something is definitely going on…)
Have you heard of me? 😉 (I know my loyal readers have!)
If you don’t know these people, that’s okay. Ten months ago I didn’t know them either. In fact, I still don’t know them at all. Except two.
I know Greg and Ashley. These guys are pretty great. They have knowledge I don’t yet have, but that’s because they’re two of a kind. (They both love me.)
They just got introduced yesterday, too. By yours truly.
They also both run blogging blogs — blogs that offer tips about blogging to bloggers.
For the last ten months, blogging has been a large part of my world.
In my never-ending quest for knowledge and willingness to improve my own blogging skills, I began reading hundreds (yes, hundreds) of blog posts about blogging, taking notes, putting what I learned into practice, and doing experiments. (Hey, Mad Lemmings, maybe I should be called “Mad Lorraine” since I feel like a scientist, of sorts.)
What I Decided To Do
About five months ago, I started compiling a checklist of all of the elements that make up a great blog post. I included steps to take once the post was written, too. Tips like adjusting the permalink of the post to make it more SEO-friendly, writing a fabulous title, and promoting the post.
Originally, I planned on publishing this helpful post on my blog, to help other bloggers.
Then I had an idea. I thought I would offer it as a guest post to someone. So I spiced it up, added more content to it, and linked to every pertinent post that I deemed worthy enough to be included in it.
I don’t like sharing junk.
I am all about quality! I strive for perfection in all that I do. My standards are high, and I expect a lot from myself. I fall short, however, when it comes to adding nice pictures/images to my posts. But that’s okay. I don’t want to be a perfect blogger. I want to be a writer, and am. (There’s a difference.)
I had read about the benefits of guest posting, watched videos, and was finally convinced that the “big” bloggers knew what they were talking about, like the dudes that run Problogger and Copyblogger.
Since I had a lot of Copyblogger links, I decided to approach the editor, Jon Morrow, who also runs Boost Blog Traffic (now called Smart Blogger), and advocates a lot FOR GUEST POSTING. I have never been ANTI GUEST POSTING – in fact, I have four guest posts under my belt – on a variety of blogs, including
- a leadership blog
- a memoir blog
- an emotional eating blog
- a copywriting blog
These are only four of my personal interests, and out of the four people I approached with offers to write guest posts, all four were accepted.
When I wrote my blogging post and added to it, I found that it was long enough and of a high enough quality that a pro blogger would accept it.
So I approached Jon Morrow. For those of you who have never heard of Jon, he is a guy who is physically paralyzed due to having a condition called spinal muscular atrophy and is “a pretty big deal” in the blogging and entrepreneurial worlds.
But I didn’t get past his assistant.
I was naive to think I could have contacted Jon directly through the form on his site. Having only five months experience on a free little blog (yes, this one!), I was by my own admission, a newbie blogger. Remember, I hadn’t owned a laptop before January of this year.
I got someone named Marsha instead. She shot me down quickly.
Here is Marsha’s
rejection response reply:
This is my first rejection letter. The second one came from Carol Tice the day before she accepted a guest post from me. (It’s still in the queue to be published.)
Because this blog was originally created as a personal documentation of my writing journey, I had to document this. I actually liked it.
It woke me up and made me realize that I still have a lot to learn about the freelancing world.
I mean, you don’t walk into a doctor’s office and immediately see the doctor, do you?
No. You approach his receptionist. Then you have to sit in a waiting room. When your name is called, a nurse leads you into an examination room, where you remain until the doctor is ready to see you.
What made me think that some disabled guy was ready to see me just because I had an idea? Because I have a disability, too? I must have been experiencing some kind of after-effects from smoking crack.
To this day, I still have no answers.
I was able to land guest posts on other sites easily, so I think I took it for granted that I’d automatically be accepted.
I decided that I wasn’t going to let the mighty Mr. Morrow or his assistant Marsha get me down.
I moved on.
Like fish in the sea, there are other blogs in this blogosphere.
Millions, in fact.
Dear Blogger is one of them. Mad Lemmings is another.
I impressed these guys enough that they both gave me positions during the week following the post that announces a book giveaway.
As for the blog post I wrote about blogging? It became my first ebook, 20 Blog Post Must-Haves. I even designed the cover myself!
It’s on sale this week until Friday for $2.50 (USD) in the Dear Blogger Bookstore. After Friday, it’s $4.99 BUT you can also download a free copy if you tell me and Greg how you would use this book!
Yes, I’m as shocked as you are that I managed to get an ebook together without realizing I was doing this. Of course, I have Greg Narayan to thank for helping me package it all up and get it out to as many bloggers as possible.
For more about the book and its creation, jump over to Dear Blogger and read my post about the checklist that will help you to become a pro blogger!
You will be super surprised at the quality of that post.
Next I’ll be writing for Forbes. 😉