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.