Dear Content Writer,
I’m sorry that not publishing your guest post offends you, but please realise that I have a reputation to uphold. You see my readers read my blog because they trust me. They trust my opinions. And they also like my perspective. I get a lot of requests from people just like you offering to do “guest posts” on my site. When I ask for topic ideas I’m hoping that you come up with things that fit in with the overall message of my blog: attaining overall fitness and health, which in my opinion is not the same as trying to be as skinny as you possibly can.
This is why I turn down all advice type “how-to’s” focused on weight loss. Posts such as: “How to lose weight”, “How to spot reduce”, “Why your weight loss techniques are failing” etc are not a good fit for me and my blog. While I agree weight loss posts gain a lot of traffic and are popular, the focus on my blog is to change people’s perspective about exercise and healthy eating. We should all be exercising regularly and eating healthy all the time…. no matter what our size or weight is.
I’ve struggled for many years with the idea that adults do not need to be active unless they are over weight and need to lose weight. Even though my dad has played team sports his whole life, I’ve always thought that he does that for fun. It never occurred to me until the past few years that he also does it for his overall health, and that all adults must be active.
I want my blog to share the message that being active is a necessity for overall well-being, and not just a way to become skinny. I don’t honestly believe that I’ll ever be model thin, so for many years I didn’t exercise because I thought people only did that to attain a specific size. I feel that the media brainwashed me into thinking that. But now that I’ve “seen the light” I want my blog to convey that message, and not contribute to that idea.
That all said, I also only accept advice and “how-to” posts from those with an exercise physiology or medical background. A post that doesn’t cite it’s sources seems like plagiarism to me, unless it’s based on personal experience or a generally accepted fact. As well, blog writing is very different from content writing, blog writing is much more personal.
So, dear content writers, this is why I turn down most guest posts, but if you want to negotiate a sponsored post with me, I’m game. I can write the post from ME in MY own words (and my brand) while plugging your client’s keywords/links and overall message. I believe that this method brings the most value to my clients and keeps the authenticity of my blogs. Unfortunately this also means I’m picky, and not all products fit in with my message. I do accept some guest posts – but those are usually written by other bloggers about their own personal health and fitness journey – in fact I welcome those with wide open arms.
I’m sorry for turning you down, but I hope we can work together in other ways.
All the best in health and fitness,