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If I can be perfectly honest, I’m a little discouraged at the moment.
I’ve put a ton of time, effort, and spirit into researching and writing over 30 high quality articles (so far), and with all sincerity, I did not believe I would face rejection or have a difficult time finding a home for them.
This week, I’ve learned the hard way that guest blogging like a professional isn’t as simple as I thought.
After emailing eleven of the intended publishers for specific guest posts, I was met with 3 very clear “No”s and am still waiting to hear back from some of the others.
I realize this tone may come off as whiny, and in a way it really is, but I wanted to share this with you because I think rejection is something we all go through, and something we must handle well if we’re going to make it long term.
Truth be told, I think it’s very rare that we online marketing types are totally one hundred percent honest about the sinking pit of “what if this doesn’t work?” feeling that happens when things don’t go exactly as planned.
Instead, we get all amped up and say “Go forth, and do amazing things.” and “Stop at nothing until you reach greatness.” but right now, I don’t feel like being great. I find myself making excuses, being lazy, and doing my best to avoid blogging altogether.
And yes, I’m wallowing in it a little bit. I hate rejection, especially when it relates to my writing.
I know I’ll bounce back. But right now this is what’s real, this is how I feel, and these are my thoughts.
This past week hasn’t been all bad though. In fact, it’s been great in a ton of ways. I’ve signed two new clients both of which have missions to alter the world in some major ways.
One even went so far as to say “I’ve learned more in 10 minutes with you than entire months with some of the ‘top’ coaches in the world.”
Judi Miller a coach at Infusionsoft said to me in a PM this week
“I just really appreciate what you have done for me and my marketing skills. I have become such a better coach because of you..you are really an inspiration.”
These affirmations are nice – and humbling.
Right now, I’m just trying to acclimate to the new workload and find homes for some of the guest posts I’ve already written.
I’m not really motivated to write at the moment, but I think that will go away once I get some more guaranteed publishing agreements happening.
The difficult thing for me right now is having such a lofty goal, attached to an even loftier goal, and a small handful of people cheering me on, wanting to see it work, and facing the very real reality that willpower alone is not going to make this work.
In order for this to really work, I need your help.
If you know of any blogs that you think I’d be a good fit for, and they have 10k or more email subscribers, do you think we could work out an introduction?
I know that sounds like a lot to ask, but I’m starting to realize this is going to be a real team effort, and if you’re reading this, I truly consider you a part of my team.
I want to do these guest posts in order to raise enough to get Season 2 of “Inside The Mind” off the ground and flip the world of online marketing on it’s head.
I want to liberate the information and make accessible and fun to learn. Together, I’d like to community of like minded individuals who all share that mission, and I want for us to push the boundaries of what it means to “do online marketing”.
If this is something you can get behind, all I need is an introduction via email, I’ll take it from there :-)
Just leave a comment, and I’ll send you an email so we can get it all going.
Update: One of the guest posts did find a new home, and it’s going to be a good one! :-)