Over the last couple of weeks I’ve wondered how I can keep up with the pace of writing articles for 2 – 3 posts a week. Including this post I have published 16 articles in April and I’ve two scheduled for May.
I’ve increased my output a lot since I started blogging again back in October. I’ve really enjoyed increasing my frequency of posting and I’ve also changed my blogging style to accommodate this. However, I miss my earlier long posts and at the moment have three or four that I’m researching that I’m having trouble finishing – but will eventually find the time to complete.
My blog was formed to disseminate history and I am an advocate of public history and like to hear stories not just of the elite, but also the regular people, although they are often harder to trace as the further back in time we travel the ‘ordinary’ people are not documented in the historical record.
I’ve plenty of posts (and ideas) in production, but do you think that ‘guest posts’ are a valid way forward? I ask because I do enjoy reading guest posts in other blogs but if you are a blogger your blog has room for whatever you write, unless like me, you try and stick to a chosen theme.
You may know people that do not blog but would like an outlet to share a post. It could be academic in style or more popular (such as an informal magazine article). It could be about something in the public sphere that they wish to comment on or some local or family history.
HistorianRuby can be a conduit for more than my notes about the past.
If I had a guest blogger I would need to have editorial control and certain guidelines that I’d want to adhere to, such as having an historical theme.
But also, no abuse, no discriminatory behaviour, no excessive profanity – I can turn the air blue with the best of them, but I’m not keen on reading it excessively in blogs (except when it’s in the actual archived document, I find that funny). I would expect references to original documents or secondary sources used when researching, this could be in the form of a ‘further reading’ list. Images used would need to be referenced.
It could be scheduled once or twice a month if there is interest.
What do you think about guest posts? Is this the direction I should go? Do I need to do a ‘call for papers’?
If you have any thoughts please comment or use my ‘Contact’ function. It will be interesting to hear others’ views.