it is I, Dan, that is writing to you about guest posts today. You may ask why I’m wording it this way and to be fair, I don’t even know myself. I added “Sincerely, Magi aka Dan” to the end of the post and figured I’d add the intro to this post right here as well so that I don’t barge into the house with the door and everything, y’know? So, today I wanted to talk about guest posts (what are they anyway? – an explanation as it was explained to me ages ago follows shortly) and also what I’d wish for/what you could expect from writing one on my blog. And yes, I’m open for guest posts but more on that later!
Guest Posts are a way to connect with other bloggers and support each other. It’s not only great for the feel of a community but it also equals a collaboration of sorts, benefitting both bloggers in a bunch of regards. By writing for someone else, you may learn a thing or two. But their readers also get a taste of your writing style, your personality, and your content because you’re writing for someone else. At the same time, you get to know others that then could also write something for your blog – or you make a new friend that you wanna link to more often or something like that. No matter whether you see it completely through the business lens (aka an opportunity for more linkbacks) or through the community glasses (aka networking), it’s a great thing to do and I loved the two times I let people write something on my blog before. A while back, Naithin wrote a review on Dyson Sphere Program and Quietschisto wrote a review on Do Not Feed The Monkeys – and I highly recommend checking out their blogs as well if you’re interested in gaming-related content by Naithin or reviews and posts on cocktails by Quietschisto!
The reason why I’m explaining this is that I recently got hit up by someone via e-mail asking whether or not they can publish something on my blog, to which I respond that it depends on who they are and what they want to publish. Frankly, I’m open to more guest posts on my blog at any time but I’d limit it to reviews and reviews only – and I’d limit it to people whose websites/blogs aren’t possibly harmful or bigoted. Hence, I was on the fence about this person that first asked how much I’d charge for guest posts (guess people charge for that?) and that secondly sent me two articles on two different pages about travelling… but there was no indication (or indie-cation rather?) whether or not they were actually the person that wrote these articles.
So, today, I just wanted to talk a bit about what I want from a guest post and what I expect, essentially.
First up, I won’t charge anything for that. I’m benefitting from free content and meeting a new fellow blogger or forging bonds with another person. At the same time, they’re getting linkbacks and more eyes on their works – as well as my input, possibly. I’d find it weird to get paid for someone to post onto my blog.
Secondly, I think I want to only have reviews as guest posts. Reviews on Indie Games would be great, preferably on a game that I haven’t reviewed yet. Reviews will require you to take some screenshots and to acquire a header image with the logo of the game in a format of 1200×675, preferably as a JPG that would need to be sent my way so that I can format the blog properly. Also, no scores! Just a simple “recommended” or “not recommended”.
Thirdly, the review will need to be in English – and about 1k~1.3k words long. If you wrote a lot more, we can edit it together and I can tell you what I noticed or what I’d do differently, just to share experience on stuff, although I wouldn’t edit it too much.
At last, I’ll add a few kind words at the beginning and end of the post to round out the guest post, recommending your blog or you as a person.
If you feel like you’d be interested in “working” with me on something, I’d be more than happy to be contacted via mail about it. If possible, I’d love it if you actually knew what my blog was about before you hit me up. The person that contacted me the other day apparently didn’t know anything about my blog. After I said that I’d like to see reviews that they wrote, they told me that I need to send them the requirements and what I want to see as that would “save us both a lot of time” which I understood as someone being somewhat snarky towards me and maybe even a little bit rude, although that may just be my sort of understanding based on my cultural background. Maybe it wasn’t that rude to just ask someone for a favour and to then tell them to just get on with it…
Regardless of that, I’m looking forward to more guest posts and I’d love it if someone was interested in writing something on Indiecator, preferably about Indie Games! It’d be even better if I knew you beforehand so that I don’t have to do a background check to really make sure I’m not linking towards a bigot.
Magi aka Dan