What Anorexia Taught Me about Guest Blogging

anorexic tendency of guest bloggers, tips to guest posting


Throughout my teenage years and early 20’s, I hated the way I looked. Mum was always going on a different diet, so I would copy what she was doing. She was smaller than me, but always thought she needed to lose weight. I eventually thought that her craving to lose weight was actually a normal thing.

So, I found myself engaging in a crash fat loss program only for me to go back to binge eating-hence putting on all the weight I had initially lost. Adapted from the article: "How my mum’s body issues affected me"

The above scenario if we are true to ourselves is what often pan’s out in our guest posting strategy.

One question we may actually be asking ourselves is: what relationship does anorexia have with guest posting?

In order to prove this relationship, I will outline:

5 Anorexic Mistakes to Implementing a Successful Guest Posting Strategy

1. Obsession: Just like an anorexic patient who has an obsessive desire to remain thin while engaging in binge eating and crash loss-weight programs; many new guest posters tend to have an obsessive desire about sending out guest post.

Their obsession arises from the desire to drive traffic to their site in a short period of time. This, in essence, relates to the anorexia patient desire to lose weight within the shortest time possible.

While their aim of driving traffic to their blog is the ultimate desire of any guest posting strategy, pitching guest posts to any blog without regards to the rule and regulation guiding the posting of articles on the target blog is bad.

This is the reason most newbie’s’ fail in their guest posting campaign.

2. Low Self Esteem

Anorexics are people who suffer low esteem. They do not believe they are beautiful.

So, in order to offset their ingrained thinking of being fat, they starve themselves all day. I can also see this in writers who have refused to pitch guest post because they lack self-esteem.

They sometimes forget that confidence in writing is the actual difference between a successful writer and an aspiring writer.

According to Bamidele Oni “Self confidence is the most powerful weapon that a writer can have” while Thug Yau said:

“To inspire confidence, surround yourself with successful writers -use the social media to network successful authors.

Fighting low self-esteem is a great step to becoming a successful writer.

3. Not Sharing

They say a problem half shared is a problem half solved, but I feel the best thing is acknowledging you have a problem; however most patients of anorexia do not share their fears and challenges.

The inability to share your fears and challenges is worth overcoming. This is because sharing your problem will make people support you when you feel like giving up.

This same thing can be seen in many guest posting campaign where newbie’s due to lack of information or poor social media strategy fail to promote their guest post online.

Sharing your guest post through the social media like LinkedIn, twitter, and Facebook is great for publicizing yourself and not just through the link made available to you on the guest blog post.

4. Non-Persistence

My parents are anorexics; That is why I am anorexic.

Many times, we let preconceived notions determine our fate. We shy away from determining our destiny; we just let fate happen to us. And this is very sad.

Why don’t you make a conscious effort not to fall a victim of the anorexia that your mum suffered?

Determination is the bedrock of success.

I can see the above illustration in some people’s guest posting attempt.

They make statements like: “I was rejected…….. Guest posting is not for me”

They lack persistence. Fail to ask the right question. They cannot evaluate themselves. They cannot know why it happened, what critical variable triggered the mistake.

And worst of all, they fail to think of a way to mitigate the mistake. They just sit-down like paraplegics and allow fate to happen to them.

5. No Feed Back

Sometimes we feel we have finally overcome a challenge.

Then we tend to feel like gods.

I have observed this in former anorexics who feel they have beaten the rap but fail to re-evaluate themselves from time to time.

Re-evaluation does not mean that you are scared. It only means you are working to prevent re-occurrence. In order to re-evaluate oneself, it is good you ask a support group to analyze your habits from time to time. It can be every two months or as you deem fit.

Guest poster and bloggers are also guilty of “No Feed Back”. They cannot respond to comments when due. They cannot understand that replying to comment makes you stand out as an authority figure while also making you popular.

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