John Chow Guest Post Pain

With the NBA All Star game just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to guest post on John Chow? Ok, ok, let me explain my logic. As I was slowly establishing my blog, a secret personal goal of mine was to guest post on a A-List blog. I know, I know, shoot me for using A-List blog, but you catch my drift.

I heard about this guy John Chow and thought, ok, he qualifies. A few months back he had a gathering for bloggers in Las Vegas. He shacked up in the penthouse suite at the Palms. Nice. I thought this was my way in.

Know Thy A-Lister

I’m a big NBA fan to begin with. I celebrated my wrap of the Yakezie Challenge with an NBA vid. My logic told me, if this guy is having a party in the penthouse suite which includes a full blown basketball court, this guy must be a NBA fan, too. Besides my usual content, I slowly cobbled ideas for my guest post. He talks a lot about blogging and monetizing. I’m struggling at monetizing, so I better stick to my strength. I know a little more about blogging. I finally produced Blog Success and NBA Signature Moves.

Don’t Assume Anything

A few weekends ago, I sent John a respectful email with my guest post attached. Coincidentally I was working on a blog swap and having my first guest post, too. During this process I interacted frequently with my partner and guest poster. It was a smashing success. However, I can’t assume everyone follows the same mindset. I was expecting some response from John, yay or nay. I didn’t get anything for a week. Ironically, I read a post about following up. I decided to follow up a week later.

Wrath of Chow

I wrote another respectful email asking John if he was going to use my post. I finally got a response, he had already used it. Initially, I thought FANTASTIC! I have arrived, I accomplished my goal, I made it to the big leagues! Then after my euphoria wore off. Wait a minute… John knows I’m not a daily reader… Will he use his mojo and blacklist me? How come I didn’t see a spike in traffic? What on earth is going on here?!?!

Way to go, Sherlock

Sadly, I’ve been on a self imposed stat diet (I’m off it now) to focus on writing. I saw John Chow was now one of my top referrers. Snap! I scoured his site, but couldn’t find my post! I finally tracked it down after sifting through his many articles on blogging and monetizing. My post was used Sunday, a day after I sent him my guest post request. I guess he assumed I would have just seen it and didn’t need to notify me. I half was thinking he wouldn’t use it or he’s sooo busy, he didn’t even get to it. Don’t assume anything.

Damage Control

I quickly scanned my comments. 33 of them, left unattended to for days. Oh no!!! I replied to almost everyone with a thoughtful answer hoping to revive the momentum, establish relationships, and attract new readers. Just like that, it was gone. I had missed my chance. A few days later, nothing. I did get a few of my Yakezie peeps on there. Thanks! Too little, too late as most of the new readership moved on to the next episode.


I think you already know my biggest one, Don’t assume anything. Secondly, The Secret works! I put it out there that I wanted to be on John Chow and *BOOM*, I made it. Third, although A-Listers deserve respect, they are only human, just like you and me. Finally, whether in the blogosphere or in other parts of life, you don’t need an A-Lister, or anyone for that matter, to validate your worth. Everyone brings something to the table and that’s more than enough, in my book.

Stay Inspired!

P.S. Thankfully, at this time, my blog still exists, my knees haven’t been bashed in by bats, and I haven’t felt Mr. T’s (Mr. Chow’s) prediction for the fight, yet…

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16 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    That was an excell…woah!

    Am I in the wrong site? Where’s that traditional all black site I’m so used to?! 🙂

    But seriously, that post was definitely a-list blogger worthy! Entertaining and educational at the same time!

  2. 101 Centavos says:

    ( Wow, no sooner did I vote on the forum for white background, that white it is.)
    Good lesson on prioritizing. So what happened to your guest post, did it get deleted off the site?

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Always striving for great customer service! 🙂 Readers demanded it, so there you go! My post is still there, but he has so much content it was pushed to another area. I found it by using his search box. Do you like the NBA?

  3. Well done on the guest post! Are you on Blogger? WP gives a pingback notification every single time someone links back to FS so then I will know.

    More Yakezie Members/Challengers should feel free to guest post on bigger sites. No brainer!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! 🙂 No I’m not. Would have been helpful. Will look into it so this doesn’t happen again. How’s everything going at FS and Yakezie? Things must be exploding with all the writing contest entries. Keep up the excellent work! 🙂

  4. Clay Burt says:

    Funny that you mention that post – I follow John Chow and saw your post – then came here and have kept coming back so you got at least one reader
    And, yes, the NBA article relation is what got me to read it in the first place… Headlines are always the most important. You are old school in your players which I like… My first NBA game was at Chi with MJ, Pippen, etc. Don’t watch anymore, just highlights on ESPN.

    Really like the new layout – and you kept some black bg which is a nice offset.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Ah, now it’s all crystal clear. I always wondered… I just thought I got lucky and got a great new reader who was doing random searches! Everything happens for a reason. Guess I need to thank John again. Also, I’ll take quality over quantity any day. Thanks for sticking around! 🙂
      Interesting. Yeah I’m more old school. There are some awesome new players, but just not the same. MJ and Pippen?!?! Damm, that’s awesome! Years ago, I visited the United Center, posed in front of MJ’s statue. Also had lunch in MJ’s restaurant. I thought I was in heaven… Memories… 🙂
      Glad you like the new layout. Yeah getting tons of positive feedback, too. Guess change is a good thing. TGIF!

  5. Nice job getting the guest post up. I like John Chow, one night I stayed up til 2 in the morning reading the archives on blogging! I was really tired the next day but I learned so much. I’m going over to read your post now.

  6. Congrats on the guest post Buck! This is something I need to do more, no excuse not to!

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