I think this was the longest I haven’t posted on this blog but life – virtual and real – was beyond hectic. I also received numerous mails from people asking for the opportunity to write a guest post. I I’m a bit peculiar when it comes to guest posts. I thought I should be the one asking, not the other way around. So far I have only asked two people, nem baj, who wrote the last post on this blog, and Kevin aka The War Movie Buff whose post is pending.
Now you wonder, does this mean you are not allowed to ask whether you can do a guest post. No, it doesn’t mean that but your chances of being accepted are minimal. Especially when it is not about war movies. People have the weirdest ideas. Why the heck would I want you to write a guest post about “home schooling” on a blog dedicated to war movies? Duh.
This week I also received a request by a man who writes for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. It seems that this type of cancer is very frequent in veterans. It’s a type of cancer you can develop due to exposure to asbestos and often it is only detected 20 years later. As we all know early detection is key when it comes to cancer. I can see why he asked to have a guest post on this blog. The intention is to inform veterans of the condition and I am aware that I have a lot of veterans among my readers. To be honest, my first impulse was saying “no”. Or ask him to write it in a way that relates it to war movies. That would be tricky though. When I thought about it again, I realized that I might actually want to include this type of post. But since I’m not a 100% sure, I decided to ask you.
What do you think, should this blog include information for veterans related to health issues (physical and psychological)?
And if so, in a blog post or maybe on a separate page called “Veteran’s Health”?
My opinion is that it is your blog and you should do what you want with it. Blogs are free, so anyone who wants can start one, work on it and maintain it the way you do.
I get weird requests too but they are mostly business things disguised as individuals–I got one recently asking to do a guest post for educational programmes and it’s one of those correspondence schools which stand to make a lot of $$ from people who sign up. In this economy people are more likely to try and ‘retrain’ through such a programme only to complete the course with significant debt and still without a job.
People are weird. I get many requests to do guest posts too, meaning, I should write. Movie blogs as well. But I refuse that.
I think I’ve made up my mind about the request now and I feel I cannot do it.
I agree with Guy…do what you like with your blog 🙂
Thanks, Novia, I will. I don’t want to be unkind but if I accept one post like that i will end up being flooded.
Don’t open that door! As your most dedicated reader, I don’t want posts that are off topic. My counsel is to be polite but firm.
I really was in two minds about it but I think I’ve made up my mind. Thanks for the input.
I second Movie War Buff.