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.
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.
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…