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Guest Post Invitation – Calling All Bloggers

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[EdiTOR's Note: This is a re-post of something I wrote earlier this year, but I'd like to extend the offer once again.]

For the past two years or so, I’ve been writing five days a week for my blog, The Daily ReTORt.

During that time I’ve had the privilege of guest posting on dozens of great blog sites including heavy hitters such as: Michael Hyatt, Jon AcuffJeff Goins, ProBlogger, Ron Edmondson and Bryan Allain – to namedrop a few.

The writing benefits I’ve gleaned from guest posting have prodded me to open up my blog to weekly guest post submissions from writers, other bloggers and readers such as you.

To make the guest posting experience as mutually-beneficial as possible, I’ve plagerized…um, er…I mean “modeled” my guest posting guidelines after the best that I’ve found on the web thus far – which are the guest posting guidelines of Michael Hyatt.

Here are the specifications if you’d like to submit a guest post to The Daily ReTORt:

Currently, I do not plan to publish more than one guest post per week. These will likely appear on Friday but that’s subject to change.

Content

Your post must be on one of four topics:

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Funny
  • Fusion (any combination of the above topics)

Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post.

Guidelines

  1. Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
  2. You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post.
  3. You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
  4. Your post should be at least 500 words long and no more than 800 words.
  5. You should also read:

    These all contain some very helpful tips to maximize your post.

Editing

  • I will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If I make substantive changes (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
  • I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why I think the post is important. I will make sure that my comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that my readers are clear that these are mine and not yours.

Disclaimer

I understand the work that it takes to write a blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not obligate me to publish it. The only guest posts I will publish are those that in my sole judgment add value to my readers.

Furthermore, if I do not approve your guest post, I will not explain why I did not approve it or provide any detail. Frankly, that would take more time than I can afford.

Submissions

If your post meets the above guidelines:

  • Please email it to me for consideration, I will strive to reply to your submission within 3-5 business days.
  • Please include a one to two-sentence byline that includes what you do, along with your blog address and your Twitter and/or Facebook address.
  • Please confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your post. This is hugely important and a non-negotiable. My readers have come to expect this.
  • Please include the post in the body of the e-mail. DO NOT include it as an attachment. Also, please do not include HTML coding.

If I reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this post and the helpful links. I’m considering taking the plunge into guest posting. :)

  2. While I think guest posting to both the poster and postee (making things up as I go…), I wonder (for me personally) if I could relinquish control? Sure, the rules would state that I would maintain creative/copy-editorial control. But I would like to think that there is a certain flair and tone in my posts.

    I am always willing to link to others and point folks towards the blogs I read, just pretty sure there are but a very select few I would even consider allowing to post.

    Guess I am just selfish that way?

    • I can appreciate that Donald, but the intent of hosting a guest post is not to transform your voice and tonality – it’s intended to share it with a different audience. While I totally understand, it wouldn’t hurt to at least give it a try…I’ve had great success with guest posting.

  3. Guest posting is part of my 2012 goals so I would love to give it a shot here. Thank you for sharing your platform (regardless of the personal outcome). :-)

  4. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA says:

    I should have considered that disclaimer when i agreed to let someone guest blog…Which is different than asking someone to post a blog on my site…
    Good luck, Tor!

  5. I would love to guest post. Now I just need to come up with an idea. I’m hoping after my 5 year old starts school next week, my brain will start functioning more normally again.

  6. Tor, I get funny sometimes, my family is all grown and sometimes I have funny thoughts on that and them, I love Jesus, but I stay away from public discussions on religion (and politics) and I think my ears are fused to the skin on my skull. Someday I might have a thought to write about for you. Please hold a spot for me in the some day, OK?

  7. Appreciate the invitation. Working on one now.

  8. I’m always game to guest post with other like-minded bloggers.

  9. Marsha Jones says:

    Thank you, Tor. I accept your invite and will send you something during the month of January. Already know what I’m going to write.

  10. Hello Tor,

    I would love to publish an interesting and well written article in your site. Thank you for your invitation.

    Matthew

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