Monday, January 4, 2010

Be My Guest Monday!

Alllllrighty, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the first of hopefully 52 (and then some) Be My Guest Mondays!!!!!

*applause, applause, wild manic cheering*

Really sir, put your pants back on. Seriously. It's not that exciting.

But wait... it is!

Because I'm super-duper excited. Why is that, you ask? Because I've decided to start something big with my blog this year. Big. Huge! I've decided that I want to have a guest blogger Every. Single. Monday. (minus this one, of course).

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the lady's crazy! Crazy I tell ya! In order to have a guest blogger every Monday each of her readers will have to do a guest post. AND she'll have to get at least 12 more followers!! Can she do it before the second hand on the clock strikes noon? Will she meet her deadline? Or will she be left... BLOG-LESS??? (Duh duh duhhhhhhhhhhhh.)

Seriously folks. This is why I need guest bloggers. Because I'm a little bit nuts.

Ok, honestly, really seriously honestly. I want to post a new Guest Blogger every single monday for the rest of 2010. I've done some reading on guest blogging and it's a pretty cool deal. I mean think about it, it's all about the laws of reciprocity. I ask you to guest blog, my followers read you and maybe fall in love with you (not instead of me, but in addition to, of course) and you get new followers. Meanwhile, on your blog you've informed your readers that you're doing a guest post on my blog, so your loyal followers come to my blog to check out your post, and they nose around (because your followers are all nosy people, I'm sorry to say) and they decide that I have a writing style that is quite awesome also (although in no way better than your own) and they decide that life would be perfect if they could just follow the both of us, which, thanks to modern technology, they now can.

Now, because I value what little amount of street cred my blog has (which I think is now nothing since I actually just said "street cred") I do have ground rules for being a guest blogger. I posted them back on November 29th, back when I first got the idea, but I will reiterate them here, because A) I have a few clarifications and specifics, and B) I think it's important that you all know how I'd like it to work. Because I do want this to work. I'm terribly excited at the idea of having you wonderful people make my blog even more extraordinary than it already is. :)

So, without further ado,

The Ground Rules for Guest Blogging at Out Of The Extraordinary:

1. This blog is about finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary. Now, don't be alarmed. If you look at my posts they're not all world-class treatises on transforming the world into an extraordinary place. Sometimes you just have to recognize that the ordinary... is extraordinary.

2. If you've ever commented on a blog post of mine, there's a good chance I'd want you to post. So please, comment below to say you're interested (if you didn't the first time around), and make sure you have your email set up so I can get back to you.

3. You must follow this blog. It's the laws of reciprocity here. I would hope that you enjoy reading my blog enough that you want to be a part of it, not that you want to hijack someone's blog just for fun. But then I know you'd never do that.

4. Please send your post in a Word Document and no more than 1000 words. (.doc please, not .docx) unless you know of a better way. And, if you've got tons of videos or crazy bloggy things that I've never done before, please be willing to help me learn how to post them. And seriously, 1000 words is a lot. So they'd better be good words. :)

5. Please send your posts in as soon as possible... I've got lots of Mondays coming up! If nothing else, I need your post by the Friday of the week before I post it. But feel free to send me a post any time, and I'll fit it in the next open week.

5. I do get final say over what gets posted. I'm not trying to be a control freak, but it is my blog. So please, understand that I've only got my reputation and my readers' interests at heart. I don't see myself slashing through your posts with a red pen. Unless you have tons of grammatical errors. Then we might have to talk. :)

So ok, that was how to be a guest blogger on Out of the Extraordinary in 5 easy steps! I do hope that you're still reading, and that something in you says "why yes, I would like to post something." Even if you're not sure what, leave me a comment, and we'll talk. I look forward to working with you. :)

And remember... Have an Extraordinary Day!


  1. I'd LOVE to do this, if you'll have me. What's funny to me is that I had said to my hubby about 6 months ago that I'd like to do something like this. Guess I wasn't quick enough on the uptake :) Le sigh.

    Looking forward to reading all your guest bloggers though!

  2. I'll do it! Though, you have to give me some time to get a post to you.

  3. Aha! Now all the guest blogging posts make sense, since you spelled it out so nicely.
    I love your wit and extraordinaire-ess!! It's sparkling and look-e-there you have a new follower. :-)



  5. I would love to do this, but If it's possible I would love a little but more specifics about what to post about. I read through several of your blog posts and am still unsure what you are looking for. By the way I saw you are a Christian, I am too! :) Have a nice day and I look forward to hearing back!

    ~Kathryn @

  6. I think I'd like to do this, if you'd have me! :) Message me about what are some things you would like us guest to write about...I'll nose around here a bit and see if I can get a feel. Love that you are a CHristian blogger! How is the fast going?? Feel free to preview some of my blogs, you get an idea of what I'm about!

  7. Hi Janet! I would love to be a guest, if you will have me! Maybe even bring some virtual cupcakes. Such a fun thing you are doing here!

  8. Never done any of this before--but it definitely sounds fun!
    I'd love to try a bloggy switch :)

  9. This sounds fun...let me know if you need a Monday guest :)
    BTW...I am also on day 3 of a 21 day fast! The Daniel Fast.

  10. I came over from SITS and think this is a fabulous idea! I would love to participate, but need to read your blog a few more weeks before I feel comfortable. (Primarily because I want to see what you are all about so that I can send you the best post.) (Plus, I am kind of a blog snob. I don't want to read purely based on reciprocity, I want to get to know you, exchange comments, and become your "virtual" friend.) (Make sense?)

  11. double commenting here, just posted on your giveaway thing too, but I'd love to be a guest on your blog :)

  12. I would love to do this, but my scatterbrain-edness makes me worry about when I'd do it. You can blame that on school, the turd. Who does it think it is? Honestly. ;) But, yes, I would really like to do this. Sounds fun. :D

  13. Id love to be a guest blogger on your blog! Super cool idea

  14. I am so excited to do this, if you'll have me! :)


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