You’ve probably heard the question before: If you could invite any person to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be? Just think of all the questions you could ask, the information you could learn, and the discussions you would have!
Guest blogging is not much different from this concept. Imagine having the ability to get anyone you admired to share their wisdoms with readers on your behalf. What would your readers learn? What would you learn? This is the beauty of guest blogging. Your readers get a different point of view on a relevant topic, giving your blog a whole new perspective other than your usual thoughts.
Thus, let’s present the original question a bit differently. If you could invite any person to present a guest blog on your website, dead or alive, who would it be?
In most cases, the exact answer of this question will probably be determined by the subject matter of your blog, the type of blog (business versus personal), and the tone you aim to convey.
However, it would not be fair to ask you to come up with an ultimate guest blogging list without at least sharing mine. Here are the top three people I’d love to see a guest blog post from.
Oprah Winfrey – Branding Potential in a Changing Media Market
Without argument, Oprah is one of the most notorious media business professionals of our time. She has managed to create an empire in under thirty years, with amazing branding potential. From a successful print magazine in an era in which online multimedia publishing reigns supreme, to her own cable network, Ms. Winfrey has shown the world that she is capable of making sound business decisions in an ever-changing media market. Plus, the woman has great taste in shoes. It is my belief that whatever her post was on, readers would flock to a blog to hear what she has to say.
Warren Buffett – When He Talks, the Financial World Listens
Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world. His wildly successful company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns many popular brands we all know and love today. (Examples include Geico, Fruit of the Loom, Justin Boots, See’s Candies, the Pampered Chef, Dairy Queen and more.) Yet, his take on life remains relatively unchanged despite his mega-fortune. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Buffett a few years ago while employed by one of his subsidiaries. He walked in wearing a green Hawaiian shirt and walked from cubicle to cubicle, handing out ice cream bars to each of the employees. In fact, the general consensus was that he reminded all of us of an uncle or grandpa that was a member of our own families. This down to earth demeanor combined with some of the best financial advice around would make an excellent guest blog post.
Angelina Jolie – Actress Soundly Involved in Humanitarian Efforts
While she has easily made many of the “most beautiful” lists in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie has been soundly working on a legacy far from the silver screen. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), she has worked with refugees throughout the globe on a variety of different humanitarian efforts. Her take on world affairs and anecdotes on unpublicized foreign affairs would be absolutely intriguing to read in a guest blog post.
The simplest way to determine whether you would want to have someone take part in a guest blogging session on your blog is to determine what you would want to learn from their life experience and wisdom.