Deciding Not to Submit My First Guest Post

Rubber Chicken Flying with Pelicans

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I admit it. I chickened out.

A while back I proudly proclaimed I was writing a post that I was going to submit as a guest post to ProBlogger.

Inspired by a Derek Halpern post on Social Triggers, I started developing a topic I thought would be controversial and bring in a bunch of traffic. As I wrote the post though, I began to think it didn’t quite fit The Hobby Blogger, which tends to be more technical and steers clear of controversy.

Then, nearly finished with it, I felt the post wasn’t up to ProBlogger standards. I took a step back, read the post from the perspective of someone else, and realized the tone of post was actually rather tepid. The gimmick had evaporated.

I wasn’t really surprised at that realization because I’m very much a see-both-points-of-view kind of person.

What’s more, I found my topic had already been covered in a better way on ProBlogger by a guest blogger.

So I figured there’s no point in submitting a post about inventing the wheel, which is somewhat ironic given that my post was about rehashing other blog content. Might as well save the first impression for better post.

Was I afraid of rejection? A little, but that’s not what stopped me. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. I wasn’t going to waste it on a post I didn’t feel was up to ProBlogger standards, or would make me look like I hadn’t done my homework.

In the end, I worked hard to finish the article, and posted it here. Judging by the lack of comments on that post, I probably made the right call.

But what do you think, should I have submitted the Bloggers That Rehash post to ProBlogger anyway? Be honest. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Article by Bryan Kerr

I love breaking down the techie side of blogging into easy-to-understand tutorials. That's mostly what you'll find here on The Hobby Blogger.

Comments

  1. I would say you did the right thing as you listened to your heart I believe.

  2. I read the post you were thinking of submitting to problogger, and I agree with your decision to not submit. While the content was great, it is a topic that has been covered countless times lately. Don’t give up though, maybe try guest blogging on some smaller blogs first, get a feel, build some momentum, and gain some confidence. Just my 2 cents…

    -Chris

  3. As the rule of a thumb (for me) is – don’t submit the work of art if you’re not proud of it. What makes you proud is another question.

    Bands and composers get their unreleased works published posthumously, the same is with writers and artists. The same is with programmers and other people of art.

    I’ve spent months of my life on products that haven’t seen the light just because they were not “good enough”. That’s also the reason why some companies create alternate brands which create products that would hurt the primary brand. Some writers write under different names, etc.

  4. I almost never guest post on other sites myself and never had any interest in posting on the big blogger sites, this is only because for sites like Problogger/Copyblogger I don’t feel like I can contribute anything to the Internet/Blogging space that is better than what is already contributed, exactly your own reason for backing out. I do more casually submit tech articles about gadgets, opinions, editorials to various tech, and geek blogs which is more up my alley.

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