How to Ask to be a Guest Blogger: and Fail

I got this request from a person who asked to be a guest blogger. I’ve never been asked before by someone who wanted to write something to appear here.

If this is SOP for guest blogger pitches, I hope I don’t get asked again.

My name is Barbara [redacted] and my blogging at [rejected], [rebuffed], [refused], and elsewhere on the progressive political and health blogophere has earned me the notoriety of being a panelist at the Yearly Kos Convention and a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, DC.

I’m contacting you because I found your blog in a health care site search and wanted to reach out to you to tell you about my newest blogging platform —the public concern of healthcare and its relation to the baby boomer and those over the age of 40.

My main goal is to increase awareness on these important issues, and I was hoping you could help me. I am interested in providing you a guest post to be placed, but I realize this may not be a viable option. I am also willing to inquire about link opportunities. I hope to hear back from you soon.

My response:

Might have considered it if you hadn’t been so braggy about yourownself.
You obviously couldn’t take the time to even read some of the headlines of my posts and know nothing about me or my writing.

Remember: if you want to be a guest blogger at, in the immortal words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy… ask what you can do for me? Not what I can do for you.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+


How to Ask to be a Guest Blogger: and Fail — 4 Comments

  1. I got the same request and asked to see what she wanted to post. It didn’t fit my blog and as you said, she obviously didn’t take the time to see what our blogs were about.

  2. I got a similar request last week. I don’t think it was from the same woman, but I turned her down as well. I’m not at all sure what the point of guest bloggers are. I’ve been asked to guest blog and usually respond that it’s all I can do to pull a couple of ideas out of my head for my own blog.
    injaynesworld recently posted…injaynesworld it starts with That First PuffMy Profile