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. 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 straightforward 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. Also, 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 the 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 perfect 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 fulfil 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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5 Tips for Blogging Emergencies.

I’ve returned with a bit of news. Blogging news. For one, Hugh is a bit absent for a time and I thought I would mosey on over here and snoop around a bit.

With Hugh being otherwise occupied it got me to thinking about blog tips. Imagine that, right? But this is a bit of an odd one.

Have you ever had an emergency and had to leave your blog for an extended period of time and been worried about it? I know it sounds odd to worry about your blog that way, but once you’ve put time into it, it is part of your life. You have friends you communicate with through your blog. You feel a piece of you is being neglected although there is nothing you can do about it.

There are ways to get around this problem.

5 Tips For Blogging Emergencies

#1 Build up a Post Backlog.

We have this weird habit of when we write a post we think it MUST be published then and there. That can hurt for a few reasons.

  • Your post may need to sit a bit so you can come back and see if it is actually good and well written.
  • You post too many things in one time span and people end up not reading everything you post.
  • You don’t have go-to posts for when you are away, sick, or just tired one day.

You’re away but you normally can at least get into your blog for a few minutes. If you have some posts in your drafts, labeled, tagged and ready go, then all you have to do is schedule them.

#2 Get Help

Not everyone likes to have someone in their blogs and able to post. If you set them up with Author privileges then all they can do is post. They can’t actually do any damage to the inner workings of the blog. And if you’ve given them access then you most likely trust what they post.

Today is a perfect example. I’ve been part of Hugh’s blog for so long I can’t remember whey I was added. But as many of you who are here regularly know, I’ve stepped in on a couple of occasions and posted when Hugh has been away. Now, Hugh and I have known each other for quite a bit now so we have that trust. Hugh’s blog is not the only one I am part of for just in case reasons or helping in the background. It’s always nice to have a go-to person handy.

#3 The Email Option

Did you know you can do a post by email to your blog? If not, well now you do. You simply go to your Dashboard of your blog, and click My Blogs. You’ll see a list of blogs that you are part of AND there is one option there called Post by Email. Click Enable and an email address will show up. That’s the email address for you to send to and have a post show up on your blog.

You can use this option in a couple of ways:

  • Post an article or two. You may be wondering that if you can get to email why can’t you get to a blog. Well sometimes it just isn’t possible from whatever location you are in. Some places block blogs from being accessed, like some school systems. But email is usually fine to go to.
  • You can send an email post that you are going to be away for a period of time. This might be a could thing to consider so people won’t worry. You know those regular people who blog but then disappear, we worry about them. Hugh is healthy and safe so no reason to worry there. That is just in case anyone was beginning to get a little concerned.

#4 The Phone Call Option or Post by Voice

I haven’t tried this method but it’s in the same place as the Email Option and would be used for the same reasons. I’ll need to give it a try for fun one day soon. Instead of an email address you get a phone number and a code or extension to enter.

#5 Schedule Posts in Advance for Several Days or Weeks Out.

I used to do this a lot. I would have two weeks worth of posts scheduled, Not posts for every day, but if I had certain things I came up with, I would go ahead and put them in for maybe every Monday or Friday, depending on what the material was. This is done on my LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.Com site a lot. One of the Team, which Hugh is a part of, will have a Review and an Interview with an author and schedule one for one Monday and the other for the following Monday.

There you have it. 5 ways to cover your blog in case of emergencies. I’m sure at least one will help you out.

And now for a BONUS Emergency Tip I had avoided because I had not tried it yet and that is the WordPress App. I am mentioning it now because Elle Knowles suggested it in the comments here. So I bit the bullet and downloaded it on my tablet. So far it is awesome. I may do a future post here to let you know if it is exactly like the usual WP or not. So far…so good. Ohhhh yeah.

Have you ever read my interview with Hugh? I interviewed Hugh back in August of 2014 and it was an entertaining adventure. You can even see how I made him dance, to his favorite girl band. Click here to check it out.

Much Respect

Ronovan



Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer though his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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How to Hashtag Blog Tweets

Howdy folks, it’s me, it’s me, Ronovanee. Okay, so it’s Ronovan, but Ronovan didn’t rhyme. Hugh is letting me hijack his blog for a moment. Just don’t tell him I did it, cause he doesn’t know I snuck in. Remember, everything that follows is my opinions and not Hugh’s, so if you disagree, it’s all on me. OOOooooOOo I rhymed that one for real, oh what a thrill. o, O (All images created by me. My apologies in advance.)

I want to start off by saying blogging isn’t a game of numbers for me. I know for some it is and you can tell who those people are. They are the sad people that belittle others who do things because they believe in them instead of doing them for gaining followers and views. In the words of the masochistic dog to the flea, “Bite me”.

What is Hashtagging?

Many people like to look at using hashtags as part of the marketing game of blogging when using Twitter. It can be, depending on your purpose. For me, I do it because I want people to read what I write. I don’t go crazy with the Tweeting like I once did in the beginning, but I still Tweet my posts and those of others at times when I think about it. And for those who are new, hashtagging is using the # before a word on Twitter to get noticed.

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Take it or Leave it but you Better Believe It.

Hashtags—love ‘em or lump ‘em, but either way, if you are going to Tweet then learn to live with ‘em and how to use ‘em. And that’s not just for your own posts you share but for those of other peoples posts as well. And Tweeting does bring in extra views, and certain hashtags will bring in a lot more views.

For many people, the only reason they don’t use hashtags is that they just don’t know what to use. Honestly, there is no real wrong way to do it as long as you do it. Oh sure, there are some hashtags better than others but really just doing them does the trick in some way, as long as you do it with style. But we’ll get to style later.

It’s up to you and you alone.

Let’s get something straight from the beginning, don’t feel pressured to use hashtags on Twitter. Did you know I can search for the word poem without using the # and find tweets that include that word, with our without the #?

Yes, a hashtag does give a Tweet or movement a more singular thread but don’t feel tied to it. That poetry search will also give you #poetry.

Using #poetry only narrows a person’s search on Twitter and excludes the word without the # included in the Tweet.

But let’s get onto using hashtags.

book-hashtagging

The hashtags you use will be specific to the post or Tweet you wish to share. It all depends on the topic. You would not use #CDs if you are Tweeting about Books. You might use #books instead.
What else might you use?
#Reading
#Amazon
#Kindle
#Book
#Deal
#AmReading
#BYNR
#MustRead

You can also specify genres of the book. Now genres get a bit tricky. Why, because some genres are not as popular as others on Twitter.

A Hashtag Tool

There is a site I use to see what tends to be the most used hashtags. http://hashtagify.me/.

You will want to keep in mind every type of genre your book might incorporate, whether you have reviewed it or written it.

Hashtagify has several features to use, and you can play around to see what I mean. They have the free version and a paid version. Of course, I do the free one. Why? I pay attention enough, and I am not a blogging Nazi wanting to take over the world. Just look at my content. If I wanted to take over the world, I would be putting out different things. I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.

Keep it Fun with Style

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I try to keep blogging fun for myself and no one else. If it’s not fun for me, then it won’t be fun for anyone. That’s one reason I stepped back from the addictive nature of the marketing aspect of blogging. Trust me, I was in marketing for 11 years, I know what it can be like. It’s a game. Remember—blogging isn’t a game for me.

One way to keep it fun and hashtag at the same time is to Hashtag with Style.

Using hashtags can be overdone. The style is using the hashtags within your Tweet message.

Check out #Poetry from #Blogs to #Follow on #WordPress.

That’s one possible way. Yes, not the greatest example, but an example.

Next, you can do something like #MondayBlogs as your real hashtag then followed by a throwaway hashtag like #MondayMorningBluesBoy or #WhyDoMondaysComeEveryWeek or really whatever you like, and it doesn’t have to include the word Monday. #IHateMyAlarmClock

That throwaway hashtag is more important than a lot of people realize, it’s personality and shows you are having fun with it all. And that Tweeting is not just your way of getting blog traffic but almost an afterthought.

The three Best Hashtags out there for bloggers right now, in my opinion, are:

#MondayBlogs

#MondayMotivation

#SundayBlogShare

But the main thing to remember is, don’t feel pressure, just Tweet and hashtag it with whatever you feel like for now. Even if you just use the simple words like #Poem and #Monday, you are doing better than you were.

Much Love, Success, and Respect

Ronovan

@RonovanWrites

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#1000Speak A Smiley for my Friend Hugh. A Guest Post by @RonovanWrites

No, don’t worry. You’re in the right place. We’re without Hugh for a few days and he thought it would be a good time for me to hop on over and do a guest post. I’ve scaled back for the week on RonovanWrites so it worked out just right. Right?

Danger Danger

Of course Hugh didn’t give me any ideas about what to write or any restrictions. You pick which of those two might be the most dangerous and once we finish today you can see if you made the right choice. Personally? I have no idea yet. I’m just typing whatever comes to mind at this point. And that is 100% serious.

What is Hugh?

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of writing something for Hugh’s blog is the word Friend. Where do I go from there? I think of our friendship and how we are an odd couple, as I call it. I am what one might call a Super Christian, or was so before an accident in my home confined me to my home. I look at that as being odd in my relationship with Hugh because people have an idea of what a Christian is. Why? Because there are some vocal people out there spreading their Church Traditions rather than the Jesus Traditions and Truths.

Hugh would never broach this subject here, but I’m not Hugh. And Hugh is not here to say “Now, Ron, don’t do that. I don’t want you getting any more hate mail than you already receive. Let’s have some tea and Oreos and watch Mama Mia again.” Hey, don’t judge what Hugh and I do with Skype.

Hugh is a gift. God put him here on this earth for a purpose. When Hugh began to blog I believe his purpose began to shine and be fulfilled. Just as people from every walk of life visit my blog and think I am not a bad guy and are okay with me expressing what I believe in so to do people feel the same about Hugh.

But with Hugh it’s a little different. People truly love Hugh. Hugh is about the most humble and genuinely loving people I’ve ever met. Instead of going out to spend money on anniversary gifts he donated $100 to our Friend Kate’s elderly parents who lost their home and all their memories and everything in a house fire. The man knows how to love. An ocean away and he gave.

The Odd Couple

There are people out there who claim to be something yet will hate Hugh because of his lifestyle, because of who he loves. Well, hate me then. I love Hugh. Hugh is an amazing man. I think if I lived in England he would make a great roommate. I would need someone to keep the place from growing fungus. Yes, he would be Felix and I would be Oscar. I doubt anyone saw it the other way around.

As a Christian I follow Christ. When you read the words of Christ you find nowhere does he say loving another human being is wrong. You know, the truth is, sex outside of marriage is what the Bible says is wrong. Any stone casters out there? Some will ask me do I think homosexuality is wrong. I thought I would go ahead and speak to that now.

God created us as man and woman. Then things happened. People became people and all of us are who we are and God loves each and every one of us. Do I understand homosexuality? No. By that I mean I don’t see how I would pick Brad Pitt over Angelina. Just not happening. Nope. Uh Uh. No Iron Man over the Black Widow either. (Let me contemplate for a moment or 10.) I swear the Black Widow is like wow. (Give me another 5 minutes.)

Okay, back to Hugh. As a friend you won’t find anyone better. He’s always there when you need him, unless it’s time for dinner. I’ve been chatting and he says “Sorry, Ron, dinner time.” and he is gone. Food comes first. He is a man after all. Food. I just ate a Dove’s chocolate heart. Don’t judge me. It was my last one from Valentine’s Day. It is so good. I even wrote a Confessions post about it. I just didn’t say it was about chocolate. The comments give me the impression chocolate did not come to the mind of the readers.

The Judgers. All of us.

People judge. Christians judge. Non Christians judge. But we aren’t to judge. I look at Hugh and see Hugh, a nice man with a kind heart. That’s all I see. Most of the time that is it. Sure there are times I think, “Hugh’s gay.” but those are normally times when he is reviewing a Gay Romance for my Lit World Interviews site. I’m an odd Christian in that I am  a Christ Follower and not a Church Traditions Follower. You can apply that to pretty much any faith or any other system of belief out there. It is very difficult to follow the truth that you believe without it being contaminated by outside influences. But you can do it.

One way to do it is to keep your friends, like Hugh, in mind. My blog is known by all of the people I know in my local community on facebook, all the way back to my grade school friends and family. Anyone can read anything I post. I openly call Hugh my friend, my best pal on the internet, which in truth translates to my best pal in life. (I don’t get out much.) As a Deacon in a Southern Baptist Church actually a former Chairman of Deacons, a former Sunday School Director, and a former Youth Pastor I have no problem saying Hugh is my friend.

Some are probably shocked by that Southern Baptist confession. It’s a place I hang my hat and is the closest to many of the things I believe in. Not every one of the things, but many. And you would be surprised at how the church I attend would be if Hugh walked in the door one day. He would be escorted to the front pew and have everyone shake his hand and he would be invited to just about every Sunday School class for the next Sunday and there is a good chance he would be taken to lunch by someone.

A young, contemporary church? Most of our members are probably over 60 years of age.

Hugh Is Loved

Hugh is loved. Not just by me but by probably every member of the WordPress family who has come across his path.

If you are a Hater, click here and leave a comment for me.

If you are reading this and have made it this far, please leave a comment, even if it is just a smiley face, if you’ve had a positive encounter with Hugh. Give him a surprise when he comes back after his few days away.

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