I regret the need to refine my approach to accepting guest posts!
On May 18th, I published a guest post that had been sent to me by Susan Combs. Her article was called: Four Essential Tips to Make Your Dog Healthy and Active Round the Year.
What you won’t know is that there was a fair degree of re-writing required by me, primarily to correct grammatical errors. Something that I had not noticed in Susan’s previous submissions.
In addition, Susan had included links back to websites, one of which was a commercial site that sold Pet Meds and Supplies.
I overlooked including the links because of the time I had spent in getting the article ready for publication. Subsequently, I was ‘instructed’ to edit the post and include the links. I chose not to do so simply because I took the view that this is my blog and I will never accept a guest post on condition that it is an ‘advertisement’ for a supplier. Now sometimes that boundary is blurred but if the guest author wants to include a link and it is not a condition of acceptance then that’s fine.
Susan has now insisted that her guest article is removed from the blog, something that I have done, and my guess is that there will be no further guest articles from her.
But it has prompted me to refine the wording under my Get Involved link on the home page. It presently reads:
Want to submit a Post? – just email us the content directly to firstname.lastname@example.org Clearly, we reserve the right to edit your contribution or, perhaps, decide that the content is not appropriate to our Vision.
It has now been modified to read:
Want to submit a Post?– just email us the content directly to email@example.comClearly, we reserve the right to edit your contribution or, perhaps, decide that the content is not appropriate to our Vision. Please note that guest articles that link to a commercial supplier are likely not to be accepted. Simply because I do not wish to be seen to be favouring a particular supplier about whom I have no personal knowledge.
Let me remind one and all that this blog works very hard to observe and support The Vision. That, in part, proposes:
Our children require a world that understands the importance of faith, integrity and honesty
Learning from Dogs will serve as a reminder of the values of life and the power of unconditional love – as so many, many dogs prove each and every day
Best wishes to all.