It’s Not All Mary Poppins

But why?

Four times in the past ten days, I’ve received an email asking if I would allow someone or other to write a “guest blog” on “Day Care Daze”.

I learn two things from the request:

1. Whoever they are, they don’t know much about blogging. The entire thing is the “blog”. One article is a “post”. What they want to provide is called a “guest post”. Not a big deal, perhaps, but why would I surrender my blog to someone who doesn’t even have the terminology?

2. They don’t read the blog. “Day Care Daze” is the URL, not the name of my blog.

Moreover, they’ve told me very little about themselves, given only the most general indication of their topic, and none of them provided links to samples their writing. (Indicating either they’re not very savvy, or, more likely, they haven’t written elsewhere.) So, I’m supposed to hand the blog over to an inexperienced someone to say… something… without even knowing if they can say it well? Without their even having attempted to explain why I might want to do this? If you don’t have a blog, you don’t have a readership; you’re not going to bring readers my way. In other words: what’s in it for me? Why would I do this? Why would you think I’d be interested? This is just so weird.

“Hi there! I’m a total stranger, I’ve probably never read your blog (certainly I’ve never once commented), and I don’t have a blog of my own, but I want you to let me post on your blog!!!” (And, said one particularly confident young man, I will do this FREE OF CHARGE!!) Whee!

Is there something I’m missing? Is this somehow not as presumptuous as I think it is?

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Peeve me, random and odd | 12 Comments