Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just ask; they might say yes

Putting yourself out there is never easy. There is always the chance for rejection. But, there is also the chance for success.

One of my goals has been to write a guest post on another blog. Yet fear of rejection kept me from pitching anything. I put it off for that faraway "someday." Someday when my blog is big enough. Someday when they'll take me seriously. Someday. Someday. Someday.

Well someday fell into my lap...twice. And now I have two guest posts to show for taking a chance.

My 1940s Hollywood Glam Bath Remodel
I'd been meaning to write about my art deco-inspired bathroom since we finished the project in March, but the more time passed the less it seemed relevant. I had pretty much put it on the back-burner when I discovered a new blog, Being Tazim.

Tazim had just started a Monday decorating column, and she needed guest bloggers. I pitched my blog and she accepted. My first guest post!!!

The Past, Present, and Future of Your Business
Then one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Megan from Crafting an MBA, posted that she was having a particularly busy August so she was looking for guest bloggers. I sent her a proposal for a post on the importance of focusing on the past, present, and future of your business, along with tips on how to not get trapped in one area. That post ran today!

The moral of the story: keep your eyes peeled for opportunities and don't let fear of rejection limit you.  What is something you took a chance on?


  1. Hi, I am so glad that you pitched me for your remodel project! I agree with you - it doesn't hurt to ask! One thing everyone can learn from your pitch is that you added a few 'teaser' photos and had a clear idea of what you would like to write for a post. This made it so much easier to say 'yes' to your guest post!

    Other people have pitched me for guest posts but they had no idea what to write and just never ended up following through, so I especially appreciate how you went about this!

  2. Loved this post, Marie! I have several things I have been thinking about doing, goals I would like to achieve with my blog and jewelry business. This post was a good encouragement to get out there and do it!


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