Guest posts (either writing, hosting or both) has been around since long, but it seems to me that in recent times it has turned into a bally epidemic, sort of, The Thing To Do At All Costs. Not that I have anything against them, just that it is not my cup of tea. When I tell you that I am more of a my-blog-belongs-to-me and I-am-damned-if-I-share-space-with-anyone sort of person, you will get the idea. I won’t be writing for anyone and no one’s gonna be asked to write for me. Period. Of course, like all rules this one has an exception too. It takes the form of a guest post written for me by my friend, he being the only person I will not grudge sharing space with on my blog. But don’t let this lead you into thinking this post is about the pros and cons of guest-postings. Not at all.
Some time back I witnessed a blog-fight centered around a guest post. I was amazed at the way the community of bloggers quickly divided themselves into two camps, taking sides and airing views. What was amusing was how almost in the manner of small businesses springing up overnight wherever there is a gathering of humans in reasonably huge numbers, the tea-stalls around the recruitment ground comes to mind, posts of the for and against variety started sprouting. The ongoing endless arguments resulted in posts of a different nature mushrooming too, on the (dubious) Rules of Guest-Blogging. But, let me hasten to add, just in case you have started wondering, this post is not about them either.
What this IS about is the conversation between me and a close friend, who, bewildered by all the ill-will she noticed surrounding the matter of guest-posting, and the still hazy picture emerging about the rights and wrongs involved, wrote to me asking what MY thoughts were on the topic. And this is the gist of what I told her:
As far as I am concerned, the rights to the guest-post belongs to the person who wrote it. Come to think of it, the rights to my short story that got published in India’s first ever braille magazine, White Print (July edition), rests solely with ME. I really don’t think any blogger would want to write away the rights to their post just because they guest-posted it on another page. To me, the “Did you write it? Then it is yours to do as you please, UNLESS the small print says otherwise” rule holds true. But what if there is no small print, as obviously there isn’t when a blogger writes for fellow blogger and either of them may end up feeling wronged for whatever reason? Personally, my vote goes to the author. The rights of the one who hosts over the material hosted is merely illusory. My view.
The fact of the matter is, in my case, only my best friend has written a guest-post for me, and I know for certain that we definitely are not going to fight over the rights to it. I don’t presume ownership of his article on my page. If ever I were to write one for him in the future, he’d be the last person to stop me from sharing it wherever I’d want to. Having said that, though I don’t believe he needs my permission to post it elsewhere, as a friend he will certainly inform me if he intends to; unless it slips his mind altogether, chances of which happening are very high indeed. But he also knows that if he forgets, a virtual iron-brick could fall on his head (“THUNCCCK”), sent sailing by none other than yours truly, alerting him to the niceties of the matter. (Pssst. Nothing of the nature applies to me because I am, naturally so, always nice! No kidding!). Apart from being friends, we are both adults too. If at all grievances make their presence felt, the matter will be discussed between us, without it ever being laid open to the arbitration of the whole blogging community.
Oh. By the way, I hope this post also make things clear to those sending intimations desiring to do guest-posts on my blog, even offering me a fee to host them. You know what? This page here is the only thing ALL mine, and I am not about to jeopardize that, not even if you promise me all the gold from Fort Knox. I am fiercely territorial about Shail’s Nest, and unless it is Wodehouse returned from the grave, or the living Haruki Murakami himself, you stand no chance of being featured here. So there. 😉
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LOL..So Shailisque. Now where was I when all this war had taken place? Scratching my head and wondering 😀
I like that. Shailisque. Thank you Sridevi 🙂
Proactive Indian said:
Let’s hope Wodehouse returns from the grave to have the honour of being hosted on Shail’s Nest!
Lol, yes indeed! 😉 😛
I know how to get a guest post past the eyes of bloggers like you!
I do it all the time!
I write long comments! Longer than the blog post.
I have hoodwinked you too in the past.
Didn’t you notice?
Haha GV, That is hilarious. But yes, indeed you do that 😉
McGuffy Ann said:
Your posts are so well thought and delivered. You certainly don’t need anyone to fill your place.
That’s so kind of you to say that 🙂
Prathima Rao said:
Hmmm.. Interesting & informative post. 🙂
Thank you, Prathima 🙂
yea. the ownership of the guest post lies with the author.
and someone was willing to pay you to host them?! :O
This is something new!! Ive never heard of this before!!
Yeah, Been getting some mails. One is a food site. I don’t even do food blogs!
I don’t see why this point of ownership of the post had to come up in the first place.. Some people seem to have high sense of ownership it seems.. oh well, one learns
One does indeed 🙂
When I first started blogging I thought the blogosphere to be a peaceful place…we have the cyberspace to ourselves which is more than enough to all of us. But, soon started to see the ‘human’ nature interfere and penetrate this sphere…jealousy, opinionated comments, open fighting….sad. We are all expressing the opinion we have, which is solely ours…no one is forced to agree. If you disagree, it will be respected too. Hope bloggers will understand this.
You have put it well, Janaki 🙂
Clap clap clap! 🙂
This clarity of thought is what makes me come back to your nest regularly. That definitely doesn’t mean I agree to all your points. And I am sure you appreciate that. 🙂 And by the way, I was about to ask you for a guest post today.
* And she runs away fearing the virtual iron-brick falling on her head.* 😉
You don’t have to fear iron-bricks. they are reserved solely for my friend. The rest of you only get to be hit with ordinary red-bricks 😛 😉
I feel arguing and disagreeing in a mature manner are part of life. But the problem is in most of blogosphere stating your frank opinion is considered as inappropriate, instead backscratching is welcomed more. Well, I refuse, I’d rather not back-scratch, or say those things are right or good which to me are not so. 🙂
And I respect you for that reason only. You’re an inspiration. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Guess you had something on your mind when you wrote this. 🙂 If I hadn’t guest posted I’d never have started blogging so I’m thankful for those that have guests. I’ve guest posted once since on that same blog when they asked me to. Never had anyone write on mine though and hadn’t realised it could evoke such feelings.
I am sure guest posts have worked for a lot of people as it has for you. 🙂 It is just not something up my alley 🙂 By the way, welcome to Shail’s Nest and thank you for your comment 🙂
Shail, I not only understand but also relate to your sentiments about your blog. There is something fiercely liberating, isn’t there, about a place all your own. I hope this post of yours conveys the message to all concerned. 🙂
Ahh you have understood. Yes, this is something all mine 🙂
I too don’t mind guest posts only when I know the person “a lot”. I saw a surge of guest posting ritual these days but I came to terms with it coz may be they enjoy hosting others. Sometimes all I see are interviews and guest posts on few blogs. Ofcourse I dont feel like reading all of them ! Till now I never asked any one to do a guest post 😛 More than my blog being mine I just didn’t know why or how to do it 🙂 If at all I find a reason I may ask in future!
Nowadays i am seeing so many guest-posts that I have begun t wonder if people prefer writing on another blog and not their own 😛 Yes, you can host someone when you are ready for guests-posts 🙂
Here are some thoughts of mine on the subject of guest posts.
I don’t have a blog of my own, and don’t plan to have one, at least not now.
But I do occasionally get the urge to write something original that goes beyond posting a comment on others posts. So for me guest posts are a way out.
All my blog posts so far, have been guest posts.
There are about 30 of them so far, many written in Hindi, during the past six years.
This number is too small and I won’t qualify as a regular blogger and it’s not worth maintaining a blog site for an occasional writer like me. Besides, let me frankly admit, I have hardly any readers. My comments on various blog sites get more eyeballs than anything original I write. I have no grouses on this issue. It takes time to build up a readership and unless the posts are of good quality and unless I am willing to wait patiently and keep writing regularly, I wont have too many readers.
Hence guest posts are for people like me. You are assured of a certain minimum readership which has already been built up by the blogger. It also gives the host blogger some respite from writing. The readers can experience a change from the regular fare that is usually dished out by the host blogger.
Nearly all my guest posts have been hosted by bloggers who invited me to submit a guest post after I established some rapport with them by being a regular reader and by posting comments. Only on rare occasions have I actually solicited space on their blogs. So far I never been turned down. Most bloggers who have hosted me have been happy to receive a guest post from me. I don’t exploit their hospitality by being too prolific a guest blogger.
Of course I understand and can guess when a blogger is of the type who values his/her personal space and will not like to share it with others. I don’t hold anything against them. I obviously can’t. I can guess who they are and will simply not ask them. But in case I misjudge and ask and am turned down, I will not take it as a snub but respect their preference. I will merely find another blogger to host me. I am grateful to the few bloggers out there, who don’t mind an occasional guest post and happily oblige us, the casual bloggers.
I suppose there is scope in cyberspace for both types of bloggers to co – exist, the guest welcomers and the nay sayers. May they both prosper!
Incidentally, on the subject of who owns a blog post I believe that the matter belongs to the guest writer but the blogger who hosts it has the right to edit it or ask for changes if he is not comfortable with what is written.
Thanks for your views, GV. Of course there is space in this world for all types though I tend to think, of the two, the nay-sayers are the minority 🙂
Sreejith Nair said:
Beautiful shot… and nice to see your views on guest posting…
Thank you, Sreejith 🙂
stands up and claps Well said…..and seriously people offering to pay you to be hosted here is like a huge compliment for you…..what it says about them though I cant put it in words here
One of them is a travelogue writer, he says. Then there were a couple of businesses who wanted to host their blogs.
Danke, for the applause 🙂
Vasudha Rao said:
You have raised very pertinent points.
Duncan D. Horne said:
ok, ok, I get it, no posting on your blog. Hey, I had some guest posters on my blog a couple of years back, I saw it as a win-win situation for myself and the person guest posting. But, I have done 4 guest posts and no more since!
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Whatever works for you, Duncan 🙂 Thanks for your comment, and welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
Usha Pisharody said:
Atta gurl! 🙂 🙂
You know what….you and me have a lot in common. I have never asked anyone to do a guest post for me, and no one has asked me either 😉 but the point is, yes, this is the only space completely mine, territory and all, and I really don’t like the idea of jeopardising it. Good post Shail!
Ahh, there we think alike. This place is completely one’s own 🙂
You know I have never asked anyone to do a guest post for me…I don’t know if I will be ready for it ever… Like you I feel my blog is my space and I also do not like people contacting me with a fee in mind to post on my blog…Maybe someday I will ask someone to do a post but then I guess I’m not ready yet…
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It is good to wait till you feel you are ready 🙂
Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said:
I feel the same way about guest blogging. I can’t bring myself to ask someone else to blog on my space. And so far no one’s asked me either. 🙂
You too, eh? 🙂 I have been asked. But my answer is ‘No’ 🙂
Hi! I have been writing since 2007 on my blog, and before that was writing on a different site. I have never had a guest post on my blog. On the other hand, I have interviews tons of people about what they do because I like whatever it is which they excel in. I never thought about it, but these are my interviews, And they are being promoted by me for no other reason than that I like and respect them. Thanks for this provocative entry,
I would move over for Wodehouse as well! 🙂
Ohh!! And, I was thinking of asking you for a guest post at my blog! 🙂
I remember that ‘debate’ and thankfully stayed away since I was new to blogging and didn’t have much of an opinion about this then!
Pooja Abhay (@Pooja_Abhay) said:
I guess I will be hesitant to ask someone to write a guest post on my blog, but, I am open to the other option of being a guest-blogger.:P Yes, this is where my horns come out.
the blogger space sadly is ridden with jealousy, ill feelings. Being opinionated is why we have our blog, so that we can express. But then one should be mature enough to accept the different point of view and respect the difference of opinions. One can always agree to disagree and that is lost somewhere these days.
I hear you and completely agree with you. Your space is yours alone and unless you are comfortable with someone you wouldn’t want to share that space, even if it is on a blog. Good write Shail. Looking forward to more from you
OOPS !! I missed that interesting fight on FB…tell me which one Shail 😉
So, thats what this Guest-posts was about…hmmm….agree with you totally. Respect for one’s space and views seems to be lacking in many.
I thought guests are someone whom you invite
be it to eat,stay with you or even to write
and not those who would use their might
to butt in, it just doesn’t sound right.
Interesting views Shaila. Whatever is posted on your blog page belongs to you, no question. I am waiting for an invite for another guest post..iron brick or not 😛
Errr… ummm.. your post too, Vivek? 😛 And what’s this about ‘waiting’ for an invite? You have a permanent invite issued in your name 🙂
I don’t have guest posts either, but I don’t think that’s a big surprise, since the name of it is Random Musings from the KristenHead. So, a guest would only make sense if her name was Kristen, haha!
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