The Next Big Thing in Blogging is YOU!
For a couple of months now, I’ve featured many up and coming (and some well established) bloggers here on DIYB. And there are two reasons for that.
First, I’ve been crazy busy with Triberr. While Triberr has given me an amazing reach (over half a million Twitter followers via my tribes), it has left me with almost no time to actually relish in that reach.
On a bright side, it has given me an incredible platform in terms of access to bloggers. Which is why I’ve asked few of my favorite bloggers to chip in and help out with guest posts.
And chip in they did.
The second reason DIYB is changing is…well, I have a vision for DIYB.
- I want this blog to become a place where fresh new voices can be heard every day.
- I want this blog to become the training ground for awesome up and comers.
- I want this blog to become the hub that spokes-out to the best new blogging talent.
The only criteria that posts will be judged on is their awesomeness. If it’s useful, actionable, interesting, fascinating, dangerous, honest and new, DIYB -and my reach- is yours.
What I Want
I’ve written an extensive, 5 page submission guideline document for guest posts on DIYB. But here is how it starts.
- Be awesome
- Be dangerous
- Be provocative
- Be useful
- Be original
- Be uncomfortable
- Be divisive
- Be moving
- Be affirming
- Be generative
What I Don’t Want
But that’s not all. The guidelines point to few things I don’t want.
- Don’t be safe
- Don’t be part of the echo chamber
- Don’t be self serving
- Don’t be an asshole
Basically, I don’t want DIYB to become safe, stale, and boring.
Who’s been here already?
Stacey is a new blogger, but you couldn’t tell that based on her comments and traffic stats she got when she published her How To Lose Your Blogging Virginity Like a Slut post.
She later come in with another strong post that really shows of her blogging chops as well as the balls to questions the status quo. Do Bloggers Really Promote Free Speech?
Since that first post, Stacey has become the Managing Editor here on DIYB, and has quickly become my right-hand man. Its not an exaggeration when I say that there is NO WAY I would be able to bring you a new post 5 times a week without her.
More awesomeness from Stacey
…so what happened next?
Stacey was not only a trailblazer AND my right-hand man (yes, I know she’s a lovely girl) but she was also my own personal Kokopelli; a harbinger of great things to come.
Shortly after Stacey’s post went live, one of the most amazing video bloggers I’ve ever seen, got in touch with me requesting to make an appearance right here on DIYB. I’m talking about Bernardo Mendez.
His Three Critical Mistakes That Will KILL Your Video post was one of the most useful posts for video bloggers I’ve ever seen. Quick, actionable advice you can take to the bank right now. That’s Bernardo in a nutshell.
His next guest post (How To Market Your Soul on Video) was just as great.
More Awesomeness from Bernardo
And then what?
The next guest poster was Stan Faryna. A daring submission by a relatively unknown blogger who rocked the pants off the blogosphere when given the opportunity to flex his muscles on the big stage.
And then came the vacation
I was traveling across country for a few days. Taking the scenic route from NJ to AZ. So I asked few of my friends to help me fill the week with their take on Fear in Marketing.
I was lucky to have such heavyweights like Gini and Marcus (no need for last names cuz you already know them) mix with some amazing up and comers like Whitney Punchak and Amy Harrison (tho to be fair, Amy is a seasoned copywriter.)
Choice cuts from the above mentioned elite
- A Brief History of Making Lots of Money Online
- The Extinction of Social Media Agencies
- The Power of a Blogging Community
- What to do if you Suck at Commenting on Blogs
- Write Blockbuster Sales Copy By Watching Movies
What happened yesterday?
It was a pleasure editing John’s post simply because I dindt have to do much editing. Thanks for making my job easy John.
More awesomeness from John
How does it end?
How this story ends is up to you.
If you’re a new blogger, with an original voice, I want you to contact me right now.
- What do you think of the changes on DIYB?
- Do you hesitate to comment when you notice a new author?
- Who framed Roger Rabbit?