In July, I took Blogging 201 through the WordPress Blogging U. I am still working on the Day 9 assignment (excerpts copied from The Commons):
Today’s assignment: find a blogging buddy. If appropriate, plan to publish guest posts on one another’s blogs.
(If you don’t see guest posters as an option for your blog, that’s totally fine. You can find a buddy to lean on for feedback and support, minus the guest posting.)
Why do this?
- Because your blogging buddy is sure to tell their friends and followers about their guest post on your site, bringing you some potential new followers and maybe even a traffic bump.
- Because collaborating spawns post ideas you can both use to fill out your editorial calendars.
- Because it’s always more fun to do something with a friend — especially a naturally community-oriented activity like blogging. You can laugh, make mistakes, teach one another, learn, and have fun supporting each other along the way.
Once you have a buddy, start familiarizing yourself with your buddy’s blog — read their last few posts and their about page. Poke around any other links. Next, get things going by just seeking and giving feedback. Is there a question you asked on The Commons that didn’t get much response? Is there something you’re still not sure about? Your buddy is the perfect person to ask.
Now, explore whether guest posting will work for the two of you. You’re familiar with one another’s blogs — what can you each add? Is there a perspective you’d love a guest to explore? You’ll also want to work out some boundaries; even if the guest blogger is a close friend, it’s useful to establish things like length, style issues (no foul language, no real names, photo citations, etc.), who will respond to comments, and how much say you’ll have over each other’s posts. (The Daily Post’s rule of thumb is to edit guest submissions as little as possible.)
If you’re not going to guest post, you can still be helpful buddies. Promote each other’s posts on your social networks — we know you’re looking for more content to share. Link to them in posts, or from your sidebar. And of course, keep using one another for candid feedback and moral support.
Spread the word of your partnership: use their Twitter handle when you promote a post, or tag them in a Facebook update. Twice the social networking means twice the love.
I do have friends whose blogs I support and with whom I regularly dialog about blogging, on an informal basis. Their focuses are different than mine, though. I am still looking for someone who writes about the arts and artists and artistic processes and inspiration who would be interested in partnering with me. For me, guest blogging (in the form of reblogging) would be a definite plus.
If you are reading ARHtistic License because you are a blogger with a similar focus to mine, and you think we may be compatible, and you want to audition to be my blogging partner, please reply in the comments below, with a link to your blog. (Or if you would rather do so privately, please take The ARHtistic License survey—click the red button—and submit your comment on question 15.)