I expect anyone that guest blogs on my blog to “blog” similar to how I do. That means responding to comments, following up with people, and monitoring their posts. This is a minimum expectation I have for any blogger I read, follow, or allow on my website. Bloggers that fail to uphold the same standards I have for my webpage aren’t invited to guest blog again. That is how serious I take it.
I often see bloggers flippantly say “blogging is supposed to be fun! Blogging is not work!”
True, blogging should be fun, but “fun” for you is different than “fun” for me. Fun for you may include logging in, creating a post, publishing it, and reading a few blogs. I am glad that is fun for you.
“Fun” for me includes responding to lots of emails, scheduling posts, visiting blogs, reading blogs, responding to comments on seven platforms, checking up on those I am assisting, thinking of posts, writing new posts, creating new projects, running current projects, expanding platforms, networking on new platforms, and basic research. That is “fun” for me on a daily basis. So when people say “blogging isn’t work” I scoff at them. Maybe blogging isn’t work for you, but to some of us it is. And that IS fun to us! That is also why we take it so seriously.
People must always remember that blogging is a very broad term and we are all here blogging in our own way. If you guest blog for other bloggers be sure and take note of their standards. Pay attention to how they do things and what type of blog they run. If you can’t match their same passion and uphold the standard they have set for their blog then don’t write for them! You aren’t doing those people any favors by devaluing their platform with your less than enthusiastic participation.