How to be a Great Guest Blogger by author @RonovanWrites!

Ronovan HesterWhen Hugh offered to host a day during my first ever Book Tour for the soon to be released Amber Wake-Gabriel Falling he said to write what I liked, or words something like that. The man puts too much trust in my, often times, maniacal hands. If any of you know me, you know I have written some strange things, with a sense of humor that only I understand. I’ll try to be a good boy today. I’ve stumbled and fumbled along this blogging road long enough, to have found my way to temporary sanity.

Knowing Hugh, and knowing his blog, the topic came to me immediately from the many possibilities.

How to be a Great Guest Blogger

How to be a Great Guest Blogger.

I’m here to promote my book, and I’m not going to lie about that. However, what I really want to do when guest blogging, is to make you, the reader, happy. I want to give you what you want, when visiting this blog. I want to connect with you so you know something about my style, my personality, and me. After all, even though there is a good possibility Hugh and I share some of the same readers, we also don’t. In order to be a Great Guest Blogger there are some things you need to know.

Seven Things to do Before Beginning to Write Your Guest Blog/Article

I’ll attempt to put these questions to ask the host in some type of order that makes sense.

  1. What do your reader’s like?
  2. What word count do you prefer?
  3. What kinds of images do you prefer?
  4. What kind of word usage do you prefer?
  5. What is the demographics of your blog?
  6. On what topic would like me to write?

Let’s take each question and find out the reason why I asked it. I always try to make my tip type articles as straight forward and simple as possible.

#1 What do your reader’s like?

You want people to read your article and be happy. You want to give them something they will find useful. If I came to Hugh’s blog and began talking about the NFL playoffs and the possibilities for the Super Bowl, more than likely that would not receive the response either Hugh or I would be looking for. You may even ask for their Top 5 Most Viewed and/or Liked posts.

#2 What word count do you prefer?

You may think this one is not very useful, but through the experience of the host, that person will know which articles they’ve published receive the most views. They will know if short reads, middle length reads, or longer reads do the best. Reading the top posts of the blog will help.

#3 What kinds of images do you prefer?

Sure, this may include will they allow risqué images, but that’s not my overall point. Some blogs prefer file size limitations. With storage being an issue, a real one, different formats mean different file size, even though the pixel dimensions are the same. Not only do you want to know the host’s preferences are, but what the readers like as well. Again, reading the top posts will help.

#4 What kind of word usage do you prefer?

Here I am speaking of profanity. This one is an opinion thing of mine. I believe when writing an article to do so in a professional manner. I want my writing to be suitable for all readers. In addition, I write the way I talk. What you read is what you get with me. It is my voice. If you guest blogged on my blog I would expect you to respect my choice of staying away from profanity. Innuendos may abound, but they are creative things, and I find them a sign of more skill in writing than swearing like a sailor. Reading the favorite posts on the blog helps see what the host prefers.

#5 What are the demographics of your blog?

The answer to this one is in the information above, if you know how to interpret the answers, and know your own blog statistics. Word count and language usage may indicate a young or more mature audience, or a busy professional. Topics may also indicate a demographic, actually, it does. What are people interested in, and how do they want it presented? That is what your demographics tell you.

If you are a blogger and have these questions asked of you, and you come to the demographics kind of question, don’t look at your follow stats. Know who your readers are. Your follower number will not match your readership. Some follow you in the hopes of receiving a follow back. It’s a game, a method of gaining followers. A smart blogger knows who clicks like on things, comments, and participates. Will reading those top posts help you here? On blogs such as WordPress, you can see who clicks LIKE on a post. If you want to visit some of those blogs, you can discover things about your potential readers. Yeah, that’s going extreme, but I had to put the suggestion out there.     

#6 On what topic would like me to write?

Numbers 1-5 help to answer number 6. That’s why I put them in that order. By the host thinking through the first questions, the sixth is easier to answer with some real knowledge in hand as opposed to what the host ‘believes’ to be the truth. Then again, the host might want something completely different from the norm. Still take the time to look at what the people like. You don’t want to write in such a way that you alienate or bring upon yourself a bad reputation.

For Hugh’s Views and News, I’ve been around since very early in its formation. I know what his friends like to read, blogging tips being one. I know he is image friendly, as long as it’s tasteful. His word count limit is not set low; he prefers around 1000 words. (I write that many words in typos alone.) Photography is something enjoyed as well. I remember his sharing photos way back when of finds in his garden and saying he should join some of the photo challenges. He and I share some of the same friends. We both like to give some humor when it fits the moment, but we don’t overdo it unless called for.

You are not to imitate your host. You are to take into consideration what works on your host’s blog and make it work for you. This is your opportunity to find some new readers to follow you where you normally blog.

As an author, you may have two sites; one site may be an official Author Site while the other is your personal blog where you share those things that help you connect with people. By ‘connect’ here, I do not mean networking; I mean make a connection in some common interest way that brings about conversation.

When I started my blog, Ronovan Writes, it was not with the intent I would one day have a book to promote. Writing publishing was a dream. Then an accident occurred and I realized the only work I could do was whenever my mind and body allowed it.

There isn’t a job out there that I know of that will say, “Report to work when you are able to walk. Stay home when you can’t walk, and we’ll hold your job for you no matter what.” I don’t know of a job that will say, “Go home now and it’s fine for you to work anytime you like because your Chronic Fatigue just hit and you may not be able to drive home safely if you don’t leave now.”

I look perfectly healthy, well within reason. You would never know the problem areas of my life unless I told you. I can fake life very well. Blogging has given me a way to let go of many issues; I call it Blogging for Therapy or Writing for Therapy. (Yes, I’ve written an article about that.) I go days without writing. When I am able to write, I write as much as I can. I have weeks of blog posts scheduled and add to it along the way if I can. I’ve learned to go for quality instead of quantity, which is a tip for those of you just starting out blogging.

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I want to thank Hugh for allowing me to be here today. He’s been a very good friend from the first day we met. We’re the Odd Couple of the blog world, but we work. We would make a great TV show. He’s in my Top 2 online people I would like to meet someday.

You are probably wondering where the Seventh Thing To Do is. I’ve mentioned it throughout the other ‘Things’. Read your host’s blog. Unless they want a prepared Q&A from you, go the extra step and check out what works for the host. Do something that will enhance the blog you are guesting on.

One Bonus: If you are writing for a blog such as Hugh’s, be sure you’re available when your article is published so you can reply to the comments from any of the host’s readers. That’s a courtesy and goes a long way to showing what kind of blogger you are yourself.

These tips will help you with any site you want to be published. You need to write for the site and the audience while representing yourself at your best.



The Book

The autumn of 1705 brings Royal Navy Captain Gabriel Wallace to face off against an enemy within the ranks of the Admiralty itself that threatens his career, his reputation, his family, and something even more far-reaching in its plot.

Court-martialed and with Admiral Chambers, the mastermind fearfully known as the Chambers of Hell, out for his destruction, Wallace finds he has allies willing to face the might of the mightiest power on earth, with some allies in the most unlikely of places. The crew of his former command, the Majesty’s Venture, mutinies from the Royal Navy. With capture by his enemies close behind, Wallace agrees to become captain once again.

With a ship at his command, Captain Gabriel Wallace sets out to fulfill his mission, the completeness of which only he knows.

Now a pirate by situation, Wallace sets out for the Colonies and the Caribbean. Will his crew remain loyal as they leave the rule of the Royal Navy behind? Will his lifelong friend, Miles Jacobs, follow Wallace blindly without knowing the whole story? Finally, will the young Lieutenant Maddox Carbonale stay under the command of Wallace or have plans to lead instead?

With these questions in his thoughts, Gabriel Wallace wages war on Chambers and goes after the largest haul in the history of the Spanish Main. Whom does Wallace meet along the way? To whom are his loyalties to: vengeance or something more powerful?

If you love tales of adventure, of the sea, of the struggles of men, and nods to history, this is your book. Read Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling and you’ll have a new appreciation for all of The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales.

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45 thoughts

  1. Many congratulations on the new book! I just watched the Ghost and Mrs. Muir (the Rex Harrison/Gene Tierney version) the other night so it sounds like something interesting. Let me know if you need an early reader/reviewer. Jan

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  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Some useful information on being the perfect guest on someone elses blog from Ronovan Hester who is blog sitting for Hugh Roberts during his house move. If I might add that it a guest post gets much more attention if the guest shares across their own network and also to their email contacts. The post also gets more hits when the guest pops in and responds to comments.. the personal touch always works.. Great post thanks Ronovan.

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      1. Noo. The funny thing is, I wrote the post last week sometime. Then it occurred to me I was on Hugh’s blog and commenting for him this week. Then it also occurred to me that I always encourage authors to reply to comments when they are the subject of an interview on LitWorldInterviews. That is why it was a Bonus Tip. 🙂 So you missing it was not exactly surprising. 🙂

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  3. Good morning Ron and Hugh. Just browsing twitter and came across this post,fyi. Am typing on my phone in bed chopstick 2 finger style so forgive errors… But wanted to take time to say thanks for a great article. My 1st guest post is out tomorrow, (other than book review (does that count?) and wshing I’d seen this first. Thought to ask about word count but didnt. Think because deep down I wanted to not have boundaries- why ask if not told kind of thinking there. I may have made a wrong assumption by not adding photos in. My hostess is so good at it but I’ve probably made more work for her now. Oops. If opportunity arises again I shall be more thoughtful of your advice. Now to move on this weeks haiku…

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  4. A couple of additional points.
    Some people have copyright issues. Either the guest blogger wants copyright, or the blog host wants it. That one needs to be clear. I was asked to guest blog, but we disagreed over copyright so it never happened. Some people don’t care about it, but we’d both worked in fields involving © so it was a sticking point.
    The other one is editing. Will the host read your post? Check any links via the preview format? Correct or query any apparent errors? Or just cut and slash at random?
    Someone offered to guest blog for me a couple of months ago. I knew his blog, style and views well enough so accepted. (Why not?!) I published it unedited apart from one typo and maybe a formatting error, but told him anyway out of courtesy. When I posted it, I gave a brief intro saying it was unedited for content, credited him for his work (he’d put a lot of effort into it) and said the copyright was his.
    He also then participated fully in the discussion as well, so he certainly got my vote for a great guest blogger.

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    1. Very good points and thank you for sharing. I personally feel if a blogger hosts another blogger they should understand, that unless they are paying for the article, it is the intellectual property of the writer of the post/article. That’s one amazing experience you had. Wow.

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      1. Thanks for your reply Ronovan. I’d like to add that we didn’t fall out over copyright, still read and comment on each others’ blogs. Just, a difference of opinion. I’ll admit payment *could* make a difference, but again that would need to be agreed in advance. However, compare this with freelance photography where the photographer used to retain the rights to the images. Increasingly, contractors are demanding they give up copyright. It can be a thorny issue, so as well to be clear. Another blogger guest posted for me (another offer!) and he’s since published the same short story in a book. As a blog host, I think it’s very important to make clear what I think. And that is, basically I appreciate someone writing a post for me. No way am I imposing conditions for guests apart from not sexist, homophobic, racist, etc. they wrote it, their copyright. Simple.

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      2. Exactly. I like the people to remain respectful of others in any guest post they do. I know what would interest my readers so I check out what people write on their own blogs first.

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    1. Thank you, and looking forward to it. It’s odd but each blog has a different feel and thus makes you feel different when appearing there. It almost colors how you respond to comments as well. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Geoff. Miss you in the Haiku Challenge. 🙂 You are just too busy. Isn’t it strange how we as bloggers end up so busy we can’t do everything we want to do? There are so many challenges I would like to try but haven’t the time.

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      1. 🙂 Everyone is different I suppose and has different life responsibilities. Also practice makes for speed. I am completely random and can write 1000 words on just about anything so I just let it go and have fun with it. 🙂

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      2. 🙂 One way to practice with the blog front is to do challenges or set a timer for 15 minutes and just type. No editing. Just type. Eventually you end up being able to write and edit in your mind as you go. Also, learning to write how you speak is a great accomplishment and breakthrough in your writing. If you write with your own voice, then people connect with you more. Then it becomes easy to write anything. Less pressure to write just so about this or that like other people do. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. The process sounds complicated but the easy part is you do a lot of it without even thinking about it. If you are asked to guest blog, the host already knows your style and will like what you have for them. If you are doing the asking, you most likely are asking to be on a blog that is similar in audience than yours with perhaps just a click of difference. The article is that one step up in doing things.

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  5. Thanks, Ronovan! Quite some time ago I won the honor of writing a guest post here and I honestly didn’t think it would take me this long to follow through. This post is very helpful on many levels. I love you both! Your continued support of bloggers makes you both leaders in the pack. 🙂

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