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Daron Williams
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I'm looking into creating a blog that would focus on sharing my homesteading experiences and providing information for other people to start their own homestead or garden. This blog won't be ready to launch for a while but I'm trying to do my homework to figure out how to make it successful and actually be a useful resource for homesteaders and people who want to start their own homestead.

My question to you all is would any of you be interested in writing guest posts on my blog (once it launches)? My homestead is just starting and I can only talk about my experiences but there are so many different aspects of homesteading that I thought having you all write some guest posts would really help provide a wider range of topics to my readers. This would also be an opportunity for you all to promote your homestead/farm/book/products/etc and I think it could also help build a good online community.

So would any of you be interested in this?
 
Pete Widin
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Hey Daron!
I'm a professional permaculture/edible landscape designer in Portland, OR and would love to offer some of my own gleanings on your blog! My current "blog" is the Design Your Edible Landscape group on Facebook. Feel free to send me a message if you'd like to chat a bit more. Looks like you're hugeling around quite a bit at the farm! I look forward to more updates once you get the blog up!
 
Daron Williams
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Thanks Pete! That sounds great and I will reach out to you. I would love to connect with other people like yourself. I'm still in the early stages on the blog idea (designing a logo and reading a ton about how to setup a blog at the moment - also developing a business plan for my homestead in general) but I would love to chat with you about it. I just requested to join your Facebook group.

If anyone has any experience writing guest posts on other people's blogs I would love to hear from you. Also, if you would have interest doing this but have not yet please post. We all do great things in our gardens and on our properties or at our rentals and it would be great to share it in multiple places to reach a large audience. Nice thing about writing a guest post is it is really no different than posting on here - you don't have to manage or promote the blog just write some content and provide a couple pictures.
 
David Livingston
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Why don't you just start a project thread here on Permies sounds much easier to me rather that setting up a separate blog

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Daron Williams
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David Livingston wrote:Why don't you just start a project thread here on Permies sounds much easier to me rather that setting up a separate blog

David


I do plan on continuing to post and use permies but I also want a separate blog that will serve as a core part of my future business. I'm trying to build towards a place where in a couple years I can hopefully make enough money through my own business/homestead that I can leave my day job and just work for myself on my land and use the blog and other digital services to help with all this. At first the goal is just to offset the costs associated with developing my homestead (fruit trees, a plant nursery for propagation, etc.) but eventually I want to make my full income through this work and I see the online component being a major part of it. Permies is a great site but it is not setup for this - the traffic of people visiting this site is directed to all our posts (the way it should be) not just mine Been listening and reading a lot on here, Paul's podcasts and other sites about passive income sources and a blog helps a lot with setting this type of income system up.

If all I wanted to do was share what I'm doing then I would just stick with this site - I do have a projects page that I link to in my signature and I will be maintaining even after I launch the blog. But since I also want to build a permaculture based business around my homestead having a blog could be a big help. I also think it will be a win win for all involved if I can team up with other permies who are interested in blogging but might not want to manage their own blog by providing them space on my blog to share what they do. It would let people get their toes wet in the blogging world before taking the plunge and launching their own.

I want to do more than just have my own homestead, I want to try to make a difference. Paul has been doing this through this site and his other enterprises and while I don't expect to have any where near his reach I hope that I can do something to also reach people and make a difference too. I also want to give back to this and the broader permaculture community since I learned so much by reading, watching and listening to all the resources you all have made available!
 
Daniel Ray
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Daron, I would like to make a guest post if you want. I have been working on my natural building blog for a few years now, my traffic isn't anything special--400-500 viewers a week--but I hope this will grow much more over the next few years. I did notice that posting on permies gets much more traffic to my site. Check out my blog in my signature or copy and paste this link http://www.spiritwoodnaturalbuilding.com  ; If it looks good and you want us to post, send me a message on permies. Once you get your blog going, come do a post on mine so that my traffic links to your site. Good luck!
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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Guest posts tend to not work with my lifestyle. But I love being interviewed.

 
Daron Williams
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Daniel Ray wrote:Daron, I would like to make a guest post if you want. I have been working on my natural building blog for a few years now, my traffic isn't anything special--400-500 viewers a week--but I hope this will grow much more over the next few years. I did notice that posting on permies gets much more traffic to my site. Check out my blog in my signature or copy and paste this link http://www.spiritwoodnaturalbuilding.com ; ; If it looks good and you want us to post, send me a message on permies. Once you get your blog going, come do a post on mine so that my traffic links to your site. Good luck!


Sounds good Daniel and thanks! I will also check out your blog and I would love to do a post on yours once I get mine up and running.

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Guest posts tend to not work with my lifestyle. But I love being interviewed.


Sounds good Joseph and I will keep that in mind. I think having some interviews ever so often would be great too!

I really appreciate you all taking the time to post. My blog is a ways out but this is great and I think I will plan on having both guest posts and interviews on the blog once it launches. I was not sure if anyone would be interested but I think based on the above posts that once I have the blog up and running that having regular guest posts would work.


 
Daron Williams
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Been looking at your blog Daniel and you have some really great projects featured on there! I don't have any experience with natural building but I do want to build a shed and later a guest/office building using natural building techniques. One of the things that excites me about having guest posts on my future blog is that people like yourself can bring expertise and experience that I don't have to my audience. So thanks again for offering to post and I will be in touch as I move forward. Just a heads up though it might be a bit still before I'm ready to launch the blog.
 
Gregg Carter
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I, like someone earlier in the thread, don't do guest posts, but do interviews. If you are serious about setting up a homestead type blog and are on Facebook, there is a group called the Homestead Bloggers Network that can help you out a lot. You will have to apply to be a member, but there is lots of opportunity for collabaration and educational opportunities on the blogging side. There are also monetization opportunities as well. I focus on YouTube, but they still let me be a memeber.
 
Daniel Ray
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Thanks Daron-- my wife an I are new to the natural building scene, but have been researching for the last ten years. Once we got started we just kinda fell in love with it and are always wanting to start new projects. I try to make a blog post every friday and hopefully once I finish this house i can step that up to a few more times a week. I don't know if you checked out my "favorite sites" on my blog, but there are a whole lot of bloggers to contact and see if they would do a guest post too.
 
Daron Williams
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Gregg Carter wrote:I, like someone earlier in the thread, don't do guest posts, but do interviews. If you are serious about setting up a homestead type blog and are on Facebook, there is a group called the Homestead Bloggers Network that can help you out a lot. You will have to apply to be a member, but there is lots of opportunity for collabaration and educational opportunities on the blogging side. There are also monetization opportunities as well. I focus on YouTube, but they still let me be a memeber.


Thank you Gregg for the heads up about that group! I checked them out and I think it will be a great help once I start the blog. Really appreciate the tip and I will keep you in mind for a future interview!
 
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