the most important step in writing a guest post for a blog

I’ve received an offer to write a guest post on my Selected Artworks blog today. I get these every couple of month or so, but let’s have a quick look at this request.

Our copy writing team and I would like to write a post
on ... 

Following guidelines will be followed:

Theme related article.
The article will be only in ENGLISH language.
The article content will be unique, innovative and 
The article will contain 400-600 words.
It will not contain affiliated links.
Each approved article will be bookmarked and promoted
in various bookmarking websites.
The article will strictly follow your terms and 

Looks good doesn’t it?  Nothing much to complain about is there?  Well yes, there is. The writer has obviously not given the blog even a cursory glance!

What does the blog heading say? Well, the title is “Selected Artworks”, so that might be a hint that I’d need more than a standard boilerplate request to be even vaguely interested – you’d need to provide some credentials. And the tagline – well, that’s “just the art … no long words or speeches”. You’d think that might raise some alarm bells for someone proposing to write 400-600 words, wouldn’t you?

Sadly, it’s not the first time I’ve received such an offer, but if you’re offering to write a blog post:

  • look at the blog you’re offering to write for
  • be confident you actually have something to say on the subject
  • be sure you can write something to fit within the style of the blog (difficult if it is almost entirely about images and not words)
  • tell the blog owner why you want to write for that particular site, and how you can add to it (and show that you have actually looked at the blog!)

There are loads of people out there offering to write for blogs – make your offer stand out by showing that you can bring something relevant and not just some bland irrelevant padding.




Mother and Child

abstract monochrome photograph by Mike Finley

Mother and Child

My latest submission to the United Photographic Postfolios group that I belong to is a monochrome abstract image. The group is for monochrome images, so that part is as usual, but abstracts are unusual … in fact this is the first time I’ve submitted an abstract monochrome image to the group. (I think they’ve seen some of my ‘abstract’ colour photographs in the past.)

I’ll find out what they think of it in a couple of months, or thereabouts! They are used to me submitting the occasional unusual image amongst the landscape and floral photography I usually submit.

Just in case you can’t work out what it really is, it’s a section of a trunk of a tree, where it was partly split by winter storms. The photo was taken earlier this year in Manesty Woods, on a visit with Lakeland Photographic Holidays.

My garden in August

Sony have kindly returned my camera, fixed, so time for an update.
The poor summer weather continues of course, but the season moves on. I’ve unearthed the last of the potatoes at the weekend (I only grow second earlies – Charlotte – as storing maincrops is just too much trouble, and invites problems with blight) and the peas are coming to an end (this just plain simple bad planning – though the runner beans are beginning to crop so that doesn’t really matter much. I’ll soon to have too many to use, and will need to think about switching the freezer on again!)

one lone plum

my one lone plum this year

The fruit crop this year is mixed – one lone plum is ready to be picked the other tree had none, while the two pears haven’t yielded even a single fruit. The brambles (those that I haven’t yet managed to kill) have a supply of insipid fruit, as always not worth picking, which is why I’m trying to get rid of them! The self seeded raspberries at least have some taste.

apples from the garden - unknown variety from one of the old apple trees.

The first of the apples are ripening. I usually have plenty to give away, and probably will this year too.

The apple trees are doing better. The house was built on the site of an old orchard (it’s on nineteenth century maps) and some of the trees were left. They were probably mature when the house was built, they’re definitely getting old and a couple have died since I moved here. Cropping is erratic, but usually at least two or three of the trees will have a reasonable crop. The birds get much of them, as they grow too high to be reached without climbing into the tree, which I’m not about to do!

filberts on my hazel tree

A cluster of filberts on the hazel tree

I planted a small hazel tree when I moved here – its grown somewhat since (and was heavily pruned earlier this year). I’ve not noticed any in earlier years but, this year we have some nuts (I think filberts, but cannot remember the species now so can’t be sure.) I need to keep an eye on them to have a chance of harvesting them when ripe, though the local squirrels will probably make a claim on them before they’re really ready. I can hope … Continue reading “My garden in August” »