Guest posting is so very important as a blogger. You introduce yourself to new readers. You get some new traffic. Hopefully, you end up with some new subscribers.
Last Thursday, one of my bloggy friends sent me a link and basically said, “This person takes guest posts. You write about these things. This could be a great opportunity for you.” Heck ya! I’m all over that. I quickly jotted down a topic I thought would be relevant to this blogger’s readers. I even outlined the post with the talking points I wanted to include. I went to bed feeling pretty good about the guest post I was going to write the next morning.
When I sat down at my desk to start typing the next morning, nothing happened. What’s going on here? I had even outlined everything. All that was left was to fill in the blanks. What was going on was my fear of rejection. My brain was telling my fingers there was no point in writing that post because the other blogger would likely send it back anyway. And even though I do guest post often, I realized that I play it pretty safe. I submit posts to those same blogs over and over again that have either accepted my posts in the past or have solicited a guest post from me personally.
I know I’m not the only one that suffers from this silly fear. And it really is a silly fear. What finally took me over the hump to submission was realizing that it really does not matter if this particular blogger accepts that piece or not. There are 1 million other bloggers that accept guest posts. If it comes back, I will submit it to someone else. If all else fails, it can go on a user-generated content site or here on my own blog.
Don’t let that fear of rejection paralyze you from submitting those guest posts. You are not going to somehow lose that post if someone rejects it. It is still yours, and you are still free to publish it on another site. And they may just take it! You will never know if you don’t try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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