Why do you have a blog? To hear yourself talk? To share an idea? Chronicle history as it marches on? Or build a rep as a go-to person for a product or service? Ever thought “if only I could get my words & ideas read by a vast audience, I know I would appeal to them?”
Well, I found an interesting blog, piloted by an even more interesting guy. But it’s neither him nor a blog of his that is cause for discussion or merits your attention this time. It’s the fact that he is essentially giving his 28,000-follower blog over to a Guest Authors project for an entire year. Think Jay Leno or David Letterman letting Hollywood march in guest hosts every night.
That is an interesting theme for a blog.
HarsH ReaLiTy is the blog title, An Opinionated Man is what the author calls himself (he prefers a degree of anonymity) and I am quite sure he would bristle at that comparison to late night talk show hosts. He is prolific; my cell phone constantly jingles from his daily— sometimes two or three times a day— blog entries.
“My theme has always been about the expression of opinions,” OM tells me. And if you’ve clicked the link to his website you will see he is outspoken on topics both general and very personal.
“In this regard, this program flows well with my blog as a whole and my audience also now gets to fully interact with this expression. Many people find themselves hindered in honestly putting their thoughts out there, I am not handicapped in such a way. For that reason I am allowing people to channel that type of energy through my blog if that is their desire,” he further explained.
“The focus for contributing bloggers should be working on their writing, displaying their writing, and getting a taste for responding to comments and perhaps even defending their own convictions.“
Guest authors must be 18 years of age and are allowed “limited” access to the HarsH ReaLiTy website and are able to create article posts for this blog. The articles that you submit can be open topic, but they must be written articles or poetry at this time. For a full list of rules & requirements go to the website.
But let’s be clear about this, he is not doing this for views.
“I have over 500,000 views in less than a year that I got from my own hard work. This is an effort not only to give back, but also to help people to learn how to self-promote their work, writing, and themselves.”
Response thus far has been quite strong; he has a full year’s worth of people already interested. OM is currently scheduling groups of three Guest Authors every two weeks for this coming year. That will be the format for now.
And in the end what does he hope readers and authors get out of turning his blog over to others?
He says “Readers will get views and a chance to see work by people that they might not normally read. The writers that participate will be able to ‘tastefully’ promote their site and work. They will also get the experience of getting feedback from my audience. Depending on the article, the writing style, and the blogger, they have the potential of reaching all 28,000 followers. That is up to them.”
While he currently has sufficient Guest Authors for all slots next year, there is always the possibility of a few people dropping out. Therefore OM is still taking applications. I suggest you read his website or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.