Sunday, April 17, 2011
Wannabe "guest bloggers" - where are they coming from?
I mentioned last week that I'd been approached by the same wannabe guest blogger who'd approached Breda and Christina. Now Linoge reports an approach from a different wannabe, about a different subject. (I note that the lady [?] who approached Linoge describes herself as "a content creator for a number of sites". What does that mean? Does she run around the blogs begging for an invitation to write an article for them? Does she write for a living? She isn't specific.)
I've heard of a number of similar approaches that have not been publicized. Where are these people coming from? Why are they asking to write guest articles on other people's blogs? It costs nothing to start your own blog, and if you do a good job and write interesting things, people will read your work - so why not create your own niche in the blogosphere, rather than seek to piggyback on others' success? Seems a bit underhanded to me.
I've no idea why approaching other, established bloggers for "guest writer" privileges seems to have become popular, but I'm profoundly suspicious of those who do so. I'd love to know what's behind it. Any ideas, readers?