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Blog editing policies

The editing of guest blog posts is a perfect example of a blog policy.

It gives the host blog some control over the standard of posts accepted. The host blogger can accept great post ideas and make sure they read well.

Specific policies are more effective

Many blog policies include something like

All guest blog posts may be edited before publishing.

As a potential guest blogger, that makes me nervous. What will they edit? Will they tell me they have edited it before it is published? What if their edits include poor grammar/expression so it looks like I made those mistakes?

As a host blogger, I would feel uncomfortable taking advantage of such a policy and making huge changes to someone else’s post. I would also start to think it would have been easier to write my own post on the topic!

I prefer a more specific policy, such as

Guest blog posts may be edited for spelling and basic grammar.

For full transparency and relationships building, I would add an extra sentence, too:

We will get your approval on any edits other than typo corrections

If you’re submitting guest posts, which blog would you choose if the only difference was in their editing policies?

2 Responses to Blog editing policies

  • Jan Miller says:

    I think that the more specific a policy is, the less likely it is to cause problems. Re editing, I agree that there needs to be complete disclosure and transparency. A blog owner should absolutely be allowed to proof the writing of their guest bloggers. If the writing was in need of much editing, though, why would you want to host them on your blog anyway? And as a guest writer, I wouldn’t want anyone to edit my writing, but I’d understand if the blog owner suggested corrections. Surely there must be a way to satisfy both owner and guest writer! In my mind, a policy would have to explain clearly the standards and the editing procedure so that both sides of the pen are in complete agreement.

    • tashword says:

      It can be tricky, Jan, to get that balance between blog owner and blog writer which is why I err on the side of not editing very much without the writer’s approval.

      A poorly written post is not very appealing in a blog, I agree – the exception would be someone giving great information in which case I would find an alternative way to use their post (such as suggesting rewriting it for them or writing a post with their ideas as a bulleted list instead of a full post of their own).

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