Periodically, I’ll receive emails from others who are have stumbled into a problem with WordPress, and they aren’t sure how to solve it; however, before I can reply, I end up hearing from them again.
They end up sharing something like:
Nevermind! I figured it out. In case you’re curious, here’s the code that I used…
I love it when that happens, but who doesn’t, right?
And from there, I normally like to take a look at the code, ask any questions, and/or make any suggestions (if there are any to make).
This past week, someone sent me something that they had done that was really cool, and they mentioned that I could share it on my blog, if I wanted.
Instead, I asked:
Filing this away for future reference unless you’d want to do the first guest post I’ve ever had . . . . . . . :)
He obliged, but this was interesting, because I’d been toying with extended guest posting for sometime.
Want To Write a Guest Post?
So here’s the thing: I understand the tension that comes with writing a guest post…
- “Why would I share my content on someone else’s blog when I could write it on my own?” You shouldn’t.
- “I don’t really want to deal with having to manage all of the comments that come in – if any.” Turn comments off.
- “What if the post doesn’t fit well with the rest of the content?” That’s why the person who manages the blog should proof read it.
- “I don’t want to draft up a blog post.” So don’t. And why are you reading this? :)
But if you’re someone who has done something really cool with WordPress, or has some code that you’re are willing to share because you believe it will benefit other readers, or you have something else you’d like to share as it relates to WordPress, and development, but don’t have a place to publish it, or a are a looking for a place to publish it, then I’m up for hosting it.
Here’s How It Works
You shoot me an email with what you’d like to talk about, and I set you up with an account.
You draft the post whenever. This isn’t school. I don’t set deadlines, and I’ll continue to blog as usual until your post is ready to publish.
I’ll take a look at the post, edit it to make sure it fits in well with the rest of the site, to make sure the code is up to par, and all that fun stuff. You populate your author biography, social links, and all that fun stuff so people can find you around the web, and then we’ll settle on a date for publishing it.
Easy enough, right?
I’ve Done This Before
I’ve been around the proverbial blogging block enough to know that someone out there will see this as the blogging equivalent of design spec work.
My goal is not to get others to write content for me. The blog is my name even :).
But I know what it’s like to guest post on other sites and see the benefits of traffic come back to my own personal site, and I know that there’s this entire notion of giving back, paying back, or paying it forward in the open-source culture.
To that end, that’s all this is about.
So if you’re interested, then feel free to shoot me an email and let’s see what we can setup; otherwise, keep on keepin’ on doing what you’re doing :).