How to Do a Collab with a Fellow Blogger!~LTBL

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It’s Kaelyn@ Kaelyn’s Life and Stuffed Stories here today to share some fun ideas on how to do a collab with another blogger!

Some of y’all may or may not know this, but I have recently just came back from a blogging hiatus so,if you haven’t seen me as much posting on here or being active in the comments/likes, that is why. 😀

Although, I am super glad to be back and to get to talk with you all today! I always love reading y’all’s comments and feedback. 😀

So.. without further ado, let’s get started! 🙂

When I say “collab”, I mean doing a post where you and another blogger work together on it. This can be done however in many different and creative ways.

Doing a collab is actually quite simple, all it takes is approaching a blogging friend (and they don’t even have to be a blogger! they could be a sibling, friend, etc.) or that they approach you. Although, you always want to make sure that you can contact each other in some form to talk. It can be done about either via email (personal or blogging email), Google Hangouts, Instagram DM’s, Pintrest messaging, etc!

If you don’t know them personally, I would not give out your phone number for internet safety reasons, although that is up to you. 😀 😀

However, I have done GroupMe with bloggers before, but I was not the only person in the chat, which made me feel safer since it wasn’t a one-on-one convo using my personal phone number.

And that is about all it takes when doing communication and getting it started! 😀

Oh! And a collab does not just have to have 2 people, it can have 3, 4, or more if you would like! I would recommend not doing more than 4 because then it could get a bit confusing after that, format wise.

Now, you just need a topic! And there are like, TONS of different ideas out there and I will explain a few that I have done or seen, but feel free to do something that is not listed here! 😉

Interview/Question Collab (a majority of all collabs)

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This is one of the most popular collabs that I have seen out there and that is to just simply ask questions about each other! It can be one an assortment of things or it can be like on one topic.. I have done like summer question collabs and even a COVID-19 collab. I have even done a couple on one of my fav book series, Keeper of the Lost Cites by Shannon Messanger.

Quick point! Be sure to ask the same amount of questions( i recommend between 10-12 questions, give or take) and decide if y’all will answer the same questions or each of you answer different questions that the other asks.

Playlist/Music Collab

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A playlist or music collab is always fun, because who doesn’t like music?

There are many ways to do music collabs! You could just ask questions about music you like, do questions just over one musical genre, or you could swap playlists!

I have seen people who give each other like 10 songs to listen to and they say what they like or dislike about the song, kind of like a mini-review! 😀

Fashion Collab

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Talking about clothes, hair, makeup, shoes, nails, you name it! Fashion collabs can be lots of fun.

I have done a collab before where my blogging friend and I swapped fashion tips from clothes to makeup. It was fun to see the input that they had and offered. 😀

Or you could do like outfit inspo’s and talk about clothing aesthetics!

Story Collab

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I have not done this before, but I have seen this collab idea and it sounds really fun!

It is where you each have the same few words or a prompt and you both write a short story or poem from it.

Or one person starts the story and the other person does the ending!

Lots of fun ideas out there!

Never Have I Ever Collab

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These collabs are a blast!!! It’s just playing the game Never Have I Ever and you say things like…

Never have I ever eaten a bug.

Although, if you have eaten a bug before you would say that you have and maybe when you did(or what bug). Or if you haven’t then great, say that and then maybe say why you would or would not want to.

And yes, people, I have eaten a bug before, although it was a fried meelworm… , but it tasted gross in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend it, but to each their own taste buds! 😉 😛

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When formatting a collab, there are a few things you can do. You can have it where you each post on your blog, but you both post both of y’all’s parts of the collab.

Or.. you can have it where your friend posts your part or questions of the collab on their blog and then you post their part of it on your blog.

Overall though, these are just ideas! My hope is that this post helps you to find some guidance on how to do collabs if you are new to it, or for it to be a refresher if you have done them, and to inspire you to do one with your blogging buddy.

There are some many ideas out there that you can do from travelling, books, doing assumptions about each other, sports, flowers, etc! You can find a common interest you both have and go from there, or you can ask fun or even random questions!

Now don’t ever ask TOO personal of a question such as addresses, phone numbers, their deepest secret, etc. If you ask a question and for some reason they say that they don’t feel comfortable sharing, such as you asked their siblings ages, or what not, and they may say the would rather not due to internet safety, etc.

Respect that and ask a different question, with honor and kindness.

I hope that these prompts and ideas help inspire you to maybe try some of these. You won’t regret it!

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In the comments- I would love to hear if you all have ever done a collab. If so, what collabs have you done before and what ideas do you want to try? Or if you haven’t, do you want to try collabs now? If so, what ideas do you have?

And random question!! Fantasy or sci-fi?

Well, that’s all that I have for you all today at Living the Blogging Life!!

See you all next time!

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7 must-haves of a blog.

Today’s post is actually a repost of something which I already did on my blog, from a series called “Blogging with Evin”

Let’s get into it!

  1. A nice theme.

When I first visit a blog, I look at the design and THEN move on to the content. So you need to have a nice theme, to make your blog look good, and to attract readers too!

some of my favourite themes:

  • Scratch pad
  • Button 2
  • Libre 2
  • Pen Scratch 2
  • dara
  • toujours
  • canape
  • lovecraft
  • edin
  • baskerville
  • rowling
  • Ixion

2. About page

Your blog should have an about page, so whenever you get a new visitor they can know more about you! My about page. Things you can add in your about page:

  • Your name
  • where you’re from
  • your hobbies
  • what you like reading, writing, listening to: etc.
  • Why you started blogging
  • A picture of yourself/ your bitmoji/ your gravatar.
  • and a good message

3. Sidebar.

Adding widgets in your sidebar/ footer like archives, top posts and pages, recent posts, tags, categories, calendars etc . This way, even if someone misses out on your posts, they can click on any of these widgets and find them!

You can also insert sidebar graphics, if you don’t know how to make them, you can header over and place an order @LTBL DESIGN TEAM

4. Chat page/ contact page.

Having a chat page for everyone to talk is a great way to make new friends and interact with your readers! (I don’t have one though XD) It’s a place where ANYONE can leave a message and well.. meet new people!

You can start a chat page if you don’t want to share your email through a contact form 

Tip; Have a seperate email for blogging, it’ll be way easier , organized and safe 😉

5. Logo/ blog button.

I wouldn’t say that this is a must-have, but it’s always fun to swap blog buttons 😉

If you don’t know how a blog button/ swap thingy works,

  • A blog button is basically a logo.
  • You create a new page titled “blog buttons” or maybe “Blog friends” or something like that and display your button and say “this is my button, comment down if you’d like to swap with me”
  • if I want to swap with you, you go to my blog buttons page copy and paste my button in your page, then link it to my blog. That way, others can visit my blog 😉
  • when a blogger visits a blog and finds your button on that blog’s page, they may click on it, visit your blog and follow you!
  • SO a blog button in conclusion is one of the many ways to grow your blog :))

How do I make a blog button?

Blog buttons are actually SO easy to make! I made mine with Canva 😉 Madeline made a tutorial on how to create one here!

6. Tagline and a site address.

Think of a REALLY good tagline that kind of describes what your blog is about. (and the blog name too XD) for example, my main blog’s tagline is: Lifestyle,ramblings and more

And the site address, of course 😉 you could have a site address with your name on it, like mine which is: or, you could have it as your blog name like so: That is WAY too long, so I just have one with my name! Even if I change my blog’s name, I don’t have to change my site address 😉


7. Email list / social icons.

I don’t know why I’m adding this because I have neither of these ones. I. don’t know much about social icons, but I do know that they can help to grow your blog. Email lists are SO FUN!! I’m subscribed to lots of email lists I tried to make one and then…….MEH. you can start an email list with MailChimp, ConverKit and some other websites too! Do you have an email list?

Those are the must-haves of a blog! the last one isn’t a must-have, but it helps you to grow your blog.

Thanks for reading!

until next time,

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog Reach A Wider Audience

Finding other bloggers
to connect with is an

important part of blogging!

Building your own network of bloggers
you know takes time, dedication,
and creativity.

It requires you to learn how to
find new blogs, stay connected,
and publish content others will
want to come back to.

But what happens when
you’ve reached a
seemingly dead end?

It’s been weeks since you met a new blogger,
and your readership has dropped significantly.
You’ve been blogging the same way,
but your connections within the community
seem to be diminishing.

If you’ve been experiencing this lately,
then this post is for you!

Hi there!! Welcome back to our blog! If this is your first time here, welcome to Living the Blogging Life. This is a collaborative website where a bunch of people who love to blog share their tips, ideas, and advice! We hope you enjoy your time reading articles here 😊💙 if you ever have a question you’d like answered, just leave a comment or contact us through this page!

Today I’m sharing ways to help your blog reach more people! I’ve followed all of these tips and ideas myself and seen very positive results over the years. The tips can be tweaked to fit your niche, work with your blog, and accommodate your own personal blogging style!

Easy Ways to Help Your Blog
Reach A Wider Audience

1. Write posts of varying lengths!

This is a very easy one to incorporate into the way you write posts! When you share a post that’s 2k words, then a week later you write one that’s 300 words, then the following weekend you share some of your recent photography with minimal captions, you’re offering your audience a nice selection of posts to choose from!

Depending on the subject matter and how much time your readers are able to dedicate to reading your posts, you’re giving more people a chance to get a lot out of your content.

2. Expand your blog’s content to include more topics

This may not work for a blog with a very specific focus, but it’s something to consider if you’d like to reach more people! Think about your hobbies and interests, what you enjoy talking and thinking about, and you may just come up with some new category ideas. Find fun ways to fit your favorite things into your blogging niche!

By creating new categories and tagging your posts with new labels, you’ll spread the word about your blog through the Reader to a wider audience.

3. Share posts with varying formats

I really love it when a blogger writes posts with different formats! Here are some examples of types of posts:

  • list post
  • photography
  • quote collection
  • favorites
  • a tag/award
  • review
  • day in the life

Sharing posts with varying layouts and formats gives your blog versatility, intrigue, and it helps your audience get to know you better!

4. Involve other bloggers!

You can interview bloggers, write posts that were requested/recommended, collaborate with another blogger, do an award/tag and nominate people, or host a Question of the Day! (A blogger I know and fellow LTBL team member, Selina, does this on her blog often, which I really love!) People really enjoy getting involved, and I know how excited I get when I see my name/blog mentioned in someone else’s post! 😂💕

5. Continue to interact with your readers (especially on their blogs!)

This one may be obvious, but I’m going to include it anyway. 😉 When I’ve taken time off from reading blogs, I feel increasingly disconnected from my audience, because then the comments my posts get is a one-sided interaction from my commenters. While they may continue getting to know me through my posts, if I’m not interacting with them on their blogs, there’s not much room for a happy blogging friendship to flourish. So do the best you can to give back and support their blogs, too!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found these ideas helpful and that they can help you to grow your blog. ❤ Let me know in the comments:

How do YOU connect with other bloggers? Have you used any of the tips in this post? We’d love to hear from you!

As always, here on Living the Blogging Life, we’re happy to inspire you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

Five Apps I Use As A Blogger

Hey everyone! It’s me lizziegrace! Being a blogger isn’t all in one app right? (well not for me at least) I use a bunch of different apps for small and large things.

Some are used for writing blog posts, designing graphics, uploading pictures, and more!

I know it can be hard to find apps that suite you, here are some of my favorites!

1. Canva

I know quite a few bloggers who use Canva. I personally have been using it for about a year now for various reasons. It is very easy to use. I use it for graphics and featured images. You can literally find ANY color you want on there. They have thousands of templates that you can edit to your needs. You can also have a blank canvas and add objects/shapes as well as some text.

2. WordPress

Uh, duh! The WordPress app is sooo helpful! I started by just using the website to update my blog and all but it is so much more helpful to use the app. I get notifications and the way it lets me see and do quick updates is amazing! I highly suggest if you have a blog (or not) to use the app!

3. Gmail

Mostly just for contacting other bloggers for collabs, giveaways, really anything! It’ll also make reading submissions on your contact page easier to spot and read.

4. Docs

I use docs for school, dance, notes, and blog posts! I love how you can make something available offline (cause my dad uses up all the internet while he’s working). It’s also nice for sharing guest posts or working on a collab post.

5. Hangouts/Google Chat

This is my favorite for chatting with other blogger! I recently switched to Google Chat which is really nice for assigning tasks if its a group for a collab blog. It’s basically texting but with an email!

There’s my post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been very active recently, my life has been swapped with stuff!

Do YOU guys have any posts you want to read from me? I would love to write one that you guys want, you can comment your ideas/questions or use the Ask for Advice form!

Thanks for reading guys! I hope this helped you!

How To Start a Blog

For all the prospective bloggers out there, this post is for you!

If you’re here, I’m assumuing you know a bit about the blogosphere. So, if you don’t have a blog and you’d like to get one, I’m going to tell you how to get started.

So, the very first step is deciding what platform you want to use. Evin did a post here on Blogger vs. WordPress, but there are also other platforms like Wix or Weebly. I recommend WordPress for most bloggers, so I’m going to share how to start a WordPress blog.

First, you’ll need a WordPress account. It’s super easy to set up, so I’m not going to explain how to do that.

Okay…so there should be a button that says “Add new site”

For me, it’s under my current sites, but I don’t remember where it is when you don’t have a blog. It shouldn’t be too hard to find though.

Next, you name your blog. I’m not keeping this site, so it doesn’t really matter what I call it. But you can figure out what to name your blog using this post.

Okay, so now you’re picking a domain! If your name has a string of numbers afterwards(like mine, lol), try to have something more memorable? Like, if you have Diamond’s Diary, maybe try Diary of Diamond, or Diamond’s Interesting Diary, or something…

Also, even though a .com or .org domain is awesome, if you’re just starting out, you’re probably good with a domain.

Then, WordPress will prompt you to pick a theme. It really doesn’t matter what theme you pick, so just pick something random. (The LBTL Design Team would love to help with the design if you need help!)

Okay, so then your site is officially launched! That didn’t take so long, did it?

Here’s a checklist! I’ll type it here if you can’t read the image.

  • Site created
  • Name your site
  • Create a site menu
  • Choose a theme
  • Update your home page
  • Launch your site
  • Confirm email address
  • Get the WP app

Now, most of those things are pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into detail on those.

Well, now you have a site, so I could stop. But, I think that when you start a blog, you also need to write a post to introduce yourself to readers!

Your post should…

  • Introduce yourself
  • Share the purpose of your blog
  • Share how often you’ll post
  • And anything else you want!

Once you’re happy with your first post, hit the publish button.

Here’s the published post! Don’t worry too much about making it perfect. Blogging has a learning curve, and no one’s perfect at it. Your first few posts (or first few hundreds like me,) will look a little rough.

There is so much more to go over when it comes to blogging! It could get overwhelming, which is exactly why LTBL was started! If you have any blogging questions, flip through our archives. If you still don’t have an answer, then ask us on our advice page!

If you start a blog as a result of this post, please let me know! I’d love to check your new blog out.

How To Swap Blog Buttons with Other Bloggers

One great way to spread the word
about your blog is
through blog buttons!

the concept is a
little confusing at first.

A ‘Blog Buttons’ page? Swapping?
And how do you even make one?

With a bit of help
from a blogging friend,
you’ll be on your way to

button-swapping in no time!

Hello! We’re so glad you’re here! I’m Maggie, one of the writers on the Living the Blogging Life team. When I first started blogging, a friend of mine helped me to make a button and explained what ‘swapping’ them is! I really appreciated the guidance, so I want to pass on that information in this post. I hope it’s helpful for you!

To explain it briefly, a blog button is “a picture representing your blog that you swap with other bloggers”! Think of it as a free little advertisement for bloggers who mutually agree to display each others’ buttons on their blogs. 😄

So for example, if you wanted to exchange blog buttons with me, you would save my blog button’s image and put it up on your Blog Buttons page, along with the link to my blog! And I would update my Blog Buttons page with your blog button and your blog’s link so that others can find your blog through my page.

Here’s the step-by-step to getting your blog set up with a blog button and a page for others’!

How To Swap Blog Buttons
with Other Bloggers

1. Make a blog button!

You can do this on Canva (an awesome editing app/website) or another creative design platform! (One of our writers, Madeleine, shared a great tutorial here!) Customize it to display your blog’s name, link, and other designs that represent your personality and blog well. There’s no right or wrong way to make a blog button!

Alternately, if you’d like a bit of help with making your blog button, you can order one through a blog design service! There are different bloggers who can help you with graphics for free (just give credit to who helped you!). We have a page for ordering blog graphics here, which you’re welcome to check out!

2. Create a ‘Blog Buttons’ page for your blog.

Check out LTBL’s blog buttons page or my personal blog buttons page for ideas! You can call your page any number of things: ‘Blog Buttons,’ ‘Blogs I Love,’ ‘Swap Blog Buttons With Me,’ or whatever you’d like. As long as it gets the blog buttons point across, it’s good! 😀

Make sure that after you create the page, add it to your site’s Primary Menu! This will allow other bloggers to find it easily. To do this, go to Customizer > Menus > Primary, then under Add Items, press the ‘+’ sign and Add it to the Menu. 🙂

3. Reach out to other bloggers!

Just go to blogs run by bloggers you enjoy chatting with and see if they have their own Blog Buttons page! You can comment there and ask if they’re interested in swapping with you. Sometimes, if comments aren’t enabled for these pages (make sure you enable comments on your page under Quick Edit!), you can contact the blogger and ask if they’d like to swap.

To add someone else’s button to your page, just right-click on their blog button and save it to your computer. I like to name the image the blogger’s blog link to help me remember what URL to add to the photo! So for example, if I was adding Living the Blogging Life’s button to my page, I’d name it ‘livingtheblogginglife’ 🙂 When you’re editing your page, just add a photo (if you’re using the Block Editor, that would be the ‘Image’ block) and then click the chain button to add the blogger’s link!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. 😀 ❤ Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions, and one of our writers will get back to you!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, we love to encourage you to…

Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others!

How To Spot + Deal With Spam Comments

Hello, I’m Madeleine! Today I will be talking all about spam.

No, not that spam. Today I’ll be talking about spam comments. Spam comments are comments that are “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the internet to a large number of recipients” (Oxford Languages). They also often promote their own products, or on our case, blogs.

Before I get into how to spot spam comments, I’m going to list some dos and don’ts when dealing with spam comments.

Don’t click on any links in the spam comments.

These links may give your computer viruses, have inappropriate content, or pretend that your computer has viruses so that they can give your computer an actual virus. If you look through your spam comments, they often use URL shorteners (like to hide suspicious links.

Sometimes if you click on a link the website it leads to looks real, but the second or third time you visit the website it’ll do weird stuff.

Look through your spam comment folder often.

WordPress isn’t perfect at spotting spam comments, so kind comments may end up in the spam comment folder. However, be careful to not approve spam comments.

Block people that leave spam comments.

Before deleting your spam comments, make sure to block the people that left them. To do this, click on User Info and then Block User. This will prevent them from giving you anymore annoying spam.

Some spam comments may not land in the folder, while other comments end up in the folder, so it’s up to you to discern them. So here are a few pointers to determine whether comments are spam or not!

They’re very vague.

If the comment is very vague, like, “Lovely content. Check out my blog at” Spam has to be distributed to many blogs easily, so they are often going to be very vague. From personal experience, spam comments often include the word “content.”

They have a lot of links.

Spam comments aren’t just there to annoy you, they are trying to get your money or personal info, so they often have links. Like I said before, don’t click on these.

They have bad grammar.

This is kinda a weird one but spam comments often have bad grammar. I found in this article that they have bad grammar to bypass spam comment filters.

The comment “writer” has a weird email.

You can see the email address of the comment writer by clicking on User Info. If the email is something like “” instead of something like “,” the comment might be spam.

You get the comment multiple times from different “writers.”

I’ve got multiple of the same comments and sometimes slightly different but basically the same comments, or promoting the same product/website.

I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know what the funniest spam comment you’ve ever gotten was. Three times I got a ten page paragraph essay in a spam comment. That was interesting to read 😂 If you have any tips on spam comments, leave them in the comments too! Bye!

WordPress Themes I’ve used + my reviews ~ Pt.1

Finding THE PERFECT theme for your blog is hard.

………it took me so long to find a good theme for my blog, and even longer to customize it. Today I’ll be sharing some of the many FREE WordPress themes I’ve used + my reviews…..

…this will be divided into 2 parts. or 3.

All of the themes that I’ve mentioned in this post are FREE WordPress themes

Let’s get straight into it!

1. Dara

Dara was the first theme I used, and it was so easy to customize! It had everything I needed – a sidebar, a post excerpt option, a header, everything. The color palletes are really pretty – but the only thing is that your featured images get cropped out… the full image isn’t visible, only a part of it.

Link to Dara

2. Scratch Pad

Scratch Pad is a really pretty, colorful theme that is perfect for… blogs & travel blogs? I had this theme for a long while, and it was pretty easy to customize as well 😀 it has lots of post formats like – sticky, image, gallery etc. This theme doesn’t have a post excerpt option, but what you can do to get an excerpt is use the “Read more” block when you write a post.

Link to Scratch Pad

3. Pen scratch 2

This theme is a fresh, stylish design, and I think it would be great for a writing blog? you know, stories and poems – something like that. I really like the look of this theme’s sidebar. You can choose to add a site logo instead of a header, which is what I did. But, this is another theme which has a featured image size limit, I had to make all my featured images a certain size so that it’s completely visible – that was a challenge.

Link to Pen scratch 2.

4. Button 2

This theme is almost the exact same as Pen scratch 2, but it doesn’t have a featured image size limit – and it’s a really cute theme with detailed accents, a soft color pallete – and with a “read more” option that you can enable in the “content options” in the customizer.  Button 2 is perfect for crafters and designers.

Link to Button 2

5. Sketch

Sketch has a clean layout, and I feel like it’d be a great theme for a Photography blog. “Sketch is a responsive portfolio theme perfect for showcasing your creative talent” Choose Sketch to highlight your unique illustrations, original artwork, cutting-edge videos, or photo-editing skills. Build an unforgettable online portfolio with this free WordPress theme.

Link to Sketch

6. Baskerville

Baskerville is my current favourite theme – the posts page layout is AWESOME and super unique. I love the sidebar layout as well, it has a clean, fresh feel. I wish it had more vibrant color palletes though, the one I had was a bit dull.. You can choose your own color, but that’s just for the background. But overall, this is a great theme which doesn’t take forever to customize!


7. Nucleare

I have not used this theme for my blog, but I did when I was doing a blog designing request. It’s an easy theme to customize, it’s elegant, crisp and the color palletes for this theme are like neutral, and pastel colors – which I love. Overall, this theme is really pleasing to look and I think it’d be a good theme for a bookish blog.


That was all for this post!!

Let me know which of these themes you’ve had, and which one(s) you’re planning on checking out!

If you want me to do reviews of specific themes, then tell me in the comments and I’ll look into it😀💛 AND, If you have any post ideas for me, say so down below!! excited to chat with y’all!!

Thanks for reading!!

Guest Posting 101

Hey there! Welcome back to yet another post on Living The Blogging Life! It’s D here and today, we’re going to be talking about what guest posting is!

Guest posting in very basic terms is the act of posting or submitting a post to a blog that isn’t your own or one that you’re not part of. You’re person A’s guest who’s posting on their blog with their permission and these posts are called guest posts!

Guest posting works in mainly 3 ways:

➼You request and in turn, invite a blogger to guest post on your blog OR someone approaches you

Say for example, you’re starting a mental health series on your blog. Coincidentally, you also know a blogger whose mental health posts are absolutely informative and inspiring. And because you want your series to be amazing, you head over to their blog and ask them whether they would be interested in doing a guest post on your blog on mental health.

I personally prefer this method too because you get to curate what is published on your blog and you don’t have to go through the agony of saying no to a blogger who ‘sends a post in for guest posting‘.

Requests are usually made through contact forms on blogs or through emails. If you are requesting a blogger to do a guest guest post, always make sure you ask a blogger you have known for a while and trust to deliver a good post that both you and your blog’s readers will find interesting.

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Now, switch places. A blogger is asking you if you’d like to do a guest post on (insert topic). You’re the guest in this case! Most bloggers usually agree as long as the topics are good and it’s also a way to increase exposure for both of your blogs.

Opening guest posting

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do this. This is basically an open invitation. When you open guest posting on your blog, you’re inviting and permitting all your readers to guest post on your blog. Assuming you have an active readership, you’ll get a reasonable number of posts. You can either choose to publish all gradually or choose the most appealing, out of the submissions and post those.

Bloggers usually do this, via email or google forms. You can either mention your email in a post and ask everyone to email their posts to that email. Or, the more organised way would be to create a google form which those who are interested could fill out and send their posts through.

➼ Swap posts

This is when you write a post and give permission, to person A to post it on their blog and, they write one and you post it on your blog. In other words, you swap posts. This can count both as guest posting and collaborating, especially if the two posts are on a similar topic. This is also very common in the blogosphere and a great way to expand your readership and make friends with other bloggers!

(This point was suggested by Diamond who blogs over at I Have 12% Of A Plan and Build A Bears Furever apart from being a contributor to LTBL).

Why Guest Posts?

They increase the diversity of posts on your blog.
They provide more exposure to the guest’s blog and yours too which may or may not result in increased readership (depends on the quality of the blogs).
Provides opportunities for strengthening your community.
Helps you discover more bloggers and learn from them and their writing.

Like everything, guest posting isn’t always healthy. Opening guest posting to all, might result in you receiving posts that you don’t necessarily like, so having to turn them down can be a hard task. A huge number of guest posts might force you into a creative slump and take attention off your blog’s subject. Like everything, too much of it can be harmful.

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Sometimes, bloggers whom you request to guest post on your blog may say, no too. But trying guest posts on your blog and guest posting on others’ blogs is always a fun and learning experience as long as everything is carried out in a healthy manner!

So, that was all for this post!

This was written in response to Rayna’s @ Ray is Writing idea, “Hi! I was thinking: maybe one of you could make sort of a guide to guest posts?”
I hope this answered it, Rayna! Thank you so much!

What are your thoughts on guest posts? Have you ever done it or have you had a guest over before?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!