Guest post: ‘Why Guest Blogging Benefits Writers’ by Erin Palmer

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of guest blogging (a topic close to my heart :)), is brought to you by Erin Palmer.

Why Guest Blogging Benefits Writers

There is a common misconception that writers are all antisocial creatures who lurk alone in dark rooms oblivious to the outside world. Though I occasionally enjoy a good lurk in a dark room, I am a huge believer in the importance of writer’s interacting with each other.  Having strong relationships with other writers is immensely helpful.

When I started writing guest posts for my job, I had no idea how much I was going to learn from it. Since I majored in writing, I am no stranger to writing workshops and critiques. Guest blogging is a totally different form of collaboration. I get to write for another writer and that writer’s audience. It changes the way I approach the work. Some bloggers ask me to adhere to their specific writing style, while others ask for my own voice. I have gotten to write about all sorts of new subjects. Best of all, I have expanded my network of writers.

I’ve always known that having other writers read my work made me a better writer. My guest blogging experience has taught me that having writers from different fields read my work can provide so much more insight. Sometimes like-minded people give like-minded advice. Since I have gotten to work with such an eclectic group of bloggers, I have gotten a wonderfully diverse amount of feedback.

Another benefit of guest blogging is getting to connect to new audiences. I love reading the comments and Tweets that I get in response to my posts. Blog comments can be brutally honest or touchingly sweet. Either way, it is always a pleasant jolt to see a person reacting to my words. After I wrote a post about Gen Y, a reader thanked me for making our generation make sense. It was incredibly rewarding to hear such a reaction.

Blogging is all about interaction. People who blog share parts of themselves with their readers. They give their stories and their knowledge for little to no money. It isn’t about a paycheck; it is about reaching out to the world. Writing a guest post is a way for me to show my appreciation for a blogger while sharing my work with their readers.

I am incredibly grateful to every blogger that has allowed me to contribute to their site. Every one of them has helped me learn and grow as a writer. Writers, embrace the social aspect of blogging… even if you do it while lurking alone in the dark.

That was great, thank you Erin! Let’s hope you get plenty of comments today. 🙂

Erin Palmer is a writer and editor for Bisk Education. She frequently writes guest posts on subjects like human resource development for Villanova University’s online programs. As noted on her second grade report card, Erin is a “social butterfly”, so feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @Erin_E_Palmer.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please” (while quietly bouncing up and down in my seat with joy!).

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8 thoughts on “Guest post: ‘Why Guest Blogging Benefits Writers’ by Erin Palmer

  1. williamdoonan says:

    Hi Erin,

    As an antisocial dark room lurker, I couldn’t agree more with your post. Sometimes it helps to get out of the writing nest and into the social sunlight to share ideas with fellow writers, and also to avoid rickets.

    I’ve learned so much from reading and interacting on blogs. I even started my own horror blog at http://www.themummiesofblogspace9.com According to my hit counter, I’ve had close to 700,000 unique visitors, but I think the hit counter is broken. But even if it’s off by five zeros or so, I still get to share ideas with my colleagues in this lonesome endeavor of writing fiction.

    William Doonan
    http://www.williamdoonan.com

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  2. Ali M says:

    I really enjoyed Erin’s insights and comments. With so many of us trying to find ways to promote our books and ourselves as authors, this article on the positives of guest blogging is very helpful. Thanks, Erin and thanks, Morgen for bringing us this interview.
    Chris Karlsen

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