Welcome guest, or annoying intruder? A guest post on guest posting

Last week when PRCog noted that I had been doing quite a bit of guest posting (and that perhaps I might want to think about starting my own blog), I had a startling revelation; I am on my way to becoming the “Fred” of the PR blogs. “Fred” is a guy I knew in college. No one was sure where he really lived (or even if he actually had a place).

The guy always seemed to be crashing at someone else’s house. If you had a party and Fred came, you could be certain that he would be there in the morning. And yes, I too have come to enjoy the benefits of hanging out at someone else’s place. So when PRCog asked if I would like to guest post at the PR Breakfast Club, I said, “Of course. And I’ll tell you why…”

  1. Personality. Like every blog I choose to “spent the night with,” The PR Breakfast Club has a unique and fabulous personality. Sometimes I’m serious, other times not so much. It’s fun to have an opportunity to embrace the different personality and focus of the different blogs I enjoy reading. This group is a little less formal, than some of the other places I’ve stayed, but certainly no less professional. Lots of great ideas and important discussions.
  2. People. Guest blogging is a great opportunity to introduce friends to some of my favorite communities. And of course, I get to meet and interact with community members that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to get to know. I am so impressed by the creative and savvy group of PR Breakfast Club members I met on Twitter and how they are using social media. They “get” how to use social media to build real relationships and a sense of community.
  3. Commitment. There is something rather liberating about the life of a nomad. A one-time post, with no deadline and full creative license is easy and fun. And then I get to go back to reading, learning and commenting where inspired.

Unlike Fred, who had a habit of eating whatever was in the fridge and leaving empty beer cans all over the place, I hope that I am a good guest… that I respect the style of the home I am visiting, help out with initiating new conversation and maybe even bring some extra traffic for the host(s). So thank you, members of the PR Breakfast Club, for inviting me over to your place. I think it was a great idea, but I’ll leave that for the community to determine.

Have you ever had a guest blogger on your blog? Why or why not? Do you believe guest posts add to the blog, or do you feel they are disruptive?

Valerie Merahn Simon serves as a Senior Vice President at BurrellesLuce media monitoring and measurement, and writes a national public relations column for examiner.com. She is also co-founder and host of #PRStudChat, a monthly twitter chat between PR professionals and students moderated by Deirdre Breakenridge. She can be found on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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  • Valerie, you're always welcome over at our place 😉

    Guest posts are great – to me, it's mainly about your #2 above – People. You make such a great point – it's really about bringing people and communities together; introducing a group you interact with to a fresh perspective, and introducing others you interact with to that group. To me, this is what social media is all about. Great post and thanks for stopping by!

  • Great post Valerie! And, like @PRcog I've been wondering just when do you find the time to do all this writing – the BurrellesLuce Fresh Ideas blog, (list of) guest blogs, your Examiner column… and to top it off, with two Simon-ettes to take care of! Your posts always make sense and make for good reading. And, they have definitely introduced me to some new communities. Kudos Valerie – you are my hero. 🙂

  • Thanks Tressa and Sherri. Regarding time… that's where the two smallest Simons come in handy. They are supposed to go to bed at 8pm. The 3 yr old does not… unless mom is in the room. So I've taken to bringing the laptop in… Writing by the glow of the night light is sort of nice 😉

  • Nicely done, Valerie. It is an interesting question. I have been approached by others to write a post on my blog, and have turned down most requests as they are not a fit.

    And, I was recently asked to write a post for someone else's blog, and said No as I saw no ROI for my work (I'm a better writer, more concise and have a POV than the other person).

    It's really up to each blog on how they want to operate. For me, it takes special consideration for me to hand over a post to someone else. Are they germane to my audience? Then again, I write for a handful of people, and the rest is gravy to me. Do they have a POV that they can articulate and argue? Those are the questions I ask.

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    Thanks Sherri… very much appreciate the kind words and hospitality. And certainly agree that people are at the center.

    Tressa, very sweet, and you know you have introduced me to new worlds as well 😉 Regarding time… that's where the two smallest Simons come in handy. I now have a curfew. They are supposed to go to bed at 8pm. The 3 yr old does not… unless mom is in the room. So I've taken to bringing the laptop in… Writing by the glow of the night light is sort of nice 😉

  • Nicely done, Valerie. It is an interesting question. I have been approached by others to write a post on my blog, and have turned down most requests as they are not a fit.

    And, I was recently asked to write a post for someone else's blog, and said No as I saw no ROI for my work (I'm a better writer, more concise and have a POV than the other person).

    It's really up to each blog on how they want to operate. For me, it takes special consideration for me to hand over a post to someone else. Are they germane to my audience? Then again, I write for a handful of people, and the rest is gravy to me. Do they have a POV that they can articulate and argue? Those are the questions I ask.

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