Recently, I asked you for your feedback about whether or not I should host guest bloggers. Your comments were so flattering and encouraging. I appreciate your support more than you can know.
Most people who responded enjoy the blog the way it is, but were also open to guest bloggers if I decided to go in that direction. The clearest message I got was that I should do whatever my heart told me to do. My heart is still unsure. I want to branch out, but I am reluctant to let go of the tree trunk. Since this metaphor is the story of my life and has usually meant that I cling to the trees with an iron grip, I want to be sure I am not missing an opportunity to do something that will ultimately make me even happier.
I really liked Reader Bonnie’s suggestion about making guest blogs interactive. I could give the guest blogger a series of questions to address in writing. Then, I’d read the responses, ask follow up questions, consider the replies, and then cobble together a post that includes the back-and-forth… sort of like a written interview. This will likely cause me more time and effort than just writing the blog piece myself. However, this structure might help me release control more gingerly than just haphazardly farming out the blogging duties on a given week. It wouldn’t be as much of a jolt to my system. Bottom line is that I’m not sure if it would work, but I’d still be the one deciding if it worked or not.
Well, you never know until you try. I may explore this path in the next few months. It makes me feel nervous to even contemplate this, but I also think it could end up being a very good thing. Maybe every few months, I’ll collaborate with someone who actually knows something about something or with someone who I think is fun and quirky enough to entertain us all.
After all, what’s the worst thing that could happen? I could fall out of a tree?
Are there any topics that YOU would like to see me explore with a guest blogger? What fields would you be interested to cultivate? Please share your perspective by leaving a comment. In the alternative, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a collaborative day!