Goal: Be a Guest Blogger

Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series, Goal 9

One of my long-term goals is to post more guest pieces on other websites or blogs. I love having my writings published on other websites. Writing a guest post improves your writing in numerous ways, because naturally many of us hold ourselves to higher standards when we are guests. The wonderful part is you do not even have to be a blogger in order to write guest posts. Some of the most prominent members of our Personal Learning Network (PLN) do not have blogs, but guest blog regularly. These include @nmhs_principal and @tomwhitby. Guest posts help you gain a positive web presence, help distinguish you as a subject matter expert (SME), help you gain exposure to a wider audience, and boost your portfolio.

Tips

Here are some useful tips, I learned from my experience:

  • Have a short bio prepared- In your bio you may want to include your job position, related experience, a link to your portfolio or website, and a link to your Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.
  • Have a nice profile picture prepared- Most people recommend having a picture of your likeness versus an avatar or logo.
  • Write the best types of posts- Remember this will be your first impression on many new readers.
  • Grammar check your posts!
  • Ask the guest blogger for specific guidelines and keep to these guidelines- format, length, whether images are necessary, and what type of topics they are desired
  • Reply to those who comment- at the end of all the comments you should be able to see a button that gives you the option to subscribe to comments so you are notified each time a person comments. Leaving comments is important for engaging readers in the discussion.
  • Study the audience!

Where to Submit

Here are a few places that welcome posts from guest bloggers. Contact these websites through their contact pages or through Twitter. Introduce yourself, send them a bio, and your ideas for a guest piece.

To see some examples, you can visit the guest posts I have made.

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      Shelly Terrell

      Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

      11 comments

      1. Guest blogging would also be a newly formed long term goal. I really didn’t think about it until I begin blogging about your #30Goals challenge though. You have truly given me some “wings!”

      2. Terrific Tips and am big fan of nmhs_principal, so I’m glad to see him here. Am building the conversation about branding education as a means of culture and student achievement. I welcome guests to my NYC blog.www.theedventuresgroup.blogspot.com and guest bloggers!

      3. Thanks for the mention, Shelly! And thanks for the tips and goals–they’re motivating me to be more active, too!

        I’ve started another blog series that teachers might be interested in writing for–Stuff All EFL Teachers Should Know. This is a chance for EFL teachers to share one thing (methodology, technique, tool, activity) that they’ve found helpful, and that they think other teachers might find helpful as well.

        More details are here, on my “Guest Author” page: http://www.teachingvillage.org/would-you-like-to-write-a-guest-post-for-teaching-village/

        Looking forward to learning even more from you in 2010!

      4. Great and very true tips if you are asked to write as a guest blogger! You’ll need them all.
        and thank you for providing us new goals, with your #30 goals series, you keep me updated and inspired! What a good idea!!

      5. I just liked the idea of guest blogging but I think I need much more knowledge before starting this project.Blogs like you present necessary knowledge and in a short time,I would start this..

        Dear Shelly,thanks for suggestions and inspirations !

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