You all know how delighted I was when my Mum agreed to write guest posts for my blog (thank you for originally suggesting it, Kay!), and most of you seem to be quite fond of her angel-themed stories.
So far, it has never occurred to me to publish guest posts from other people - which does not mean I dislike the idea, I have simply not thought of it.
I had this email in my inbox this morning and am wondering whether anyone else got this - it seems so standardized, and has nothing to do with what my blog is about:
Hello,I think of reaching out quickly and let you know that I have been studying your blog. As a freelance writer, its my hobby finding great sites like [From My Mental Library] that already have interesting articles and an engaged readership. I am hoping for a guest post opportunity so I can increase visibility to me as a writer and provide you with some great free content. As a guest post writer, I’m happy to provide you with content that you can use as you see fit and only ask for link back to my blog http://www.babysittingjobs.
com/. Please go through few of my writing samples:What do you think about these? If you're interested, I am happy to get something written up and sent over to you - or if you have another topic you'd like to see covered, I am more than happy to create a custom article of your choice.Thank you for your precious time! Looking forward to write up for your blog.
As I said, this request seems rather on the spammy side to me, and here is what I wrote in reply:
Hello Paul,I am sure that I am not the only recipient of your email, and - forgive my being so frank with you - I doubt that you have really been studying my blog. Otherwise you would have realized that nothing about my blog or my regular readers suggests we are particularly interested in anything related to babysitting.And of course ALL content on my blog is free - my blog is an entirely private one, not a commercial one anyway.Guest posts are usually offered to someone who is close to me; a friend or family member, not someone who contacts me entirely out of the blue without ever having appeared as a reader of my blog.Therefore, maybe you'll be more successful if you approach bloggers who are interested in kids, babies, babysitting and so on.Good luck!- Meike.
Now, do you think my reaction was too harsh? Or not harsh enough? Have you had the same or a similar request lately?And are any of you interested in reading guest posts from a proper freelance writer here on my blog..?