There are a bazillion bloggers who have talked about benefits of making guest appearances on other blogs. One of the best reasons to write guest posts is to reach new audiences and grow your own blog.
But sometimes when you write a guest post for another blog, things happen that weren’t even in your brain. You see, the thing is, you never know who is reading your post. And that makes guest blogging unpredictably fun.
For instance, just this week, my guest post for Write to Done showed up on the Holy Caw! All the topics that interest us page of Guy Kawasaki’s mega-popular site alltop.com. (If you didn’t know, alltop.com is now the authority in sorting through the flood of blog posts and articles that are published daily. Their goal is to filter through all the stuff and aggregate the best for you.) Because of the Holy Caw appearance, my guest post was shared on Twitter a whole bunch of times and got tons of traffic.
The next day, I got requests for an interview from a national magazine for writers and for quotes for an e-book. So what’s my point?
It is this: You never know what will happen when you guest post.
Mid-Summer Links: My Top 5 Guest Posts
Because I know that many of you are new subscribers, (and I am not always as good as I should be in promoting my guest posts on this blog), I’m sharing the five I had the most fun writing here. I figured, since I’m taking a little overnight birthday getaway this week, what better time to leave you a little light summer reading? :
Write to Done: 5 Steps to Telling Engaging Stories on Your Blog
My take on why stories always connect with our blogs’ readers and how to use them to pull readers in and engage them with our content.
The Top 10 Blog: The Top 10 Things Your Blog Visitors Wish You Knew
There are certain things your blog visitors wish you knew. If you could sit down with them, they’d tell you at least 10 things that make them jump ship before they have a chance to get hooked on your blog.
For Bloggers By Bloggers: The Most Powerful but Underused Blogging Strategy: ‘Sticky’ Storytelling
Stories stick with us because they make us feel. They appeal to our senses. They create images and emotions that stay with us long after the story is over. Here they are, 5 tips for telling ‘sticky’ stories on your blog.
Storyfix: Your Blog as Stage: Building a Believable Author Brand
Branding is simply the feeling you want your readers to experience when they see your name—the emotional connection they feel with you. You’ll find tips here on using your blog as a branding stage.
For Bloggers By Bloggers: 10 Reasons No One Notices Your Blog Comment
Why do so many smart, creative people freeze up when it’s time to make a blog comment? Have you ever left a comment that was lost in the crowd? Didn’t gain the blogger’s attention? Was not recognized by other readers? Here they are, 10 reasons why no one notices your blog comment.
Oh, and a special heartfelt thanks to the amazing Bill Dorman, who bestowed on me (and five others) a Kreativ Blogger award this week!
Wait. One more thing. I am migrating my social media accounts to my new author name. I am now @JudyLeeDunn on Twitter. If you already follow @CatsEyeWriter, you’ve been automatically moved over. If you are on Twitter but not following me, I’d love to connect with you there! Just go here to follow @JudyLeeDunn.
So, what about you?
Have you jumped into the guest blogging waters yet?
Have any happy surprises come your way as a result of guesting on someone else’s blog?