One of the pieces of feedback that I’ve had on ProBlogger when I asked for questions for me to cover in my blogging for beginners series a while back was that people wanted a few more case studies and stories of bloggers who were making money online.
The other thing I heard back from some bloggers was that they wanted a space to write about their own experiences of blogging but didn’t feel that their blogs (which were on niche topics unrelated to blogging) were the places to do so. They didn’t want to start up blogs about blogging for themselves but wouldn’t mind telling what they know.
I’ve wanted to incorporate some of this type of thing here at ProBlogger over the remainder of the year but over the next few weeks thought we could try it out to see if people enjoy it.
I’m actually going to be away on a two week break for the first week of April (our last getaway before we have the baby – we’re making most of every chance that we get) and have lined up a small number of guest bloggers to look after this blog while I’m away – but alongside their posts I’d like to feature the stories of some Pro Bloggers (and aspiring ones).
So if you think you fit into this category and would like to put a little time into writing your story up I’d love you to submit one in the next day or two.
Before you do (and because I know that there are likely to be a lot of people submitting) here’s how it will work:
1. I can’t possibly feature everyone’s story – this site is ready by up to 5000 readers a day and when I open things up like this I tend to get a good response – so I will have to be selective – please don’t be offended if I don’t use your submission and please factor this into the amount of time you put into it. I’m looking for 8 to 10 stories.
2. Submissions should be between 250 and 800 words long. I know good things can be said in under or over this – but this is what I’ll keep it to on this occasion.
3. I’d like people to write one of two types of posts (outlined below). These are the type of submissions I’ll be favoring when choosing.
4. I really need submissions in the next few days. I’ll make a cut off of Wednesday 29th March at midday (Australian time – so Tuesday evening for US based people) to give me a chance to make the selections and advance post them before going away. Sorry if this isn’t long enough – I’ll consider short extensions depending on how many submissions I get.
5. You’re free to link to your blog in your posts and to showcase them to a point. Part of this is about showing people how others are going about their blogging. Of course this is not just an opportunity for you to get traffic – while I’d love this to happen I’ll be choosing submissions that are constructive and helpful to the PB readership over ones that are just about self promotion. Feel free to briefly introduce yourself and highlight your blog (people will visit I’m sure) but people will be more likely to visit if you say something useful and write well.
6. Do be aware that in highlighting your blog that it could well be read by others who you might see as competitors. I guess this is part of the ‘risk’ of blogging about blogging (and something I face each day). My own approach to this is that the blogosphere is big enough for plenty of competition and I don’t get too stressed about it – but I don’t go into some details of my blogging in great depth simply because I don’t want replicas of everything I do popping up. Don’t tell us all your secrets if you’re nervous – but please try to share what you’ve learnt at least to some extent.
7. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me via my contact form. You can submit your stories via this form also.
Here are the two types of submissions I’d love to get: