Hey guys. How's it going? You know, a lot of you have been sending me emails lately offering to 'write guest posts,' 'contribute articles' or 'write my blog for me.' Naturally, I am pleased as punch to be receiving so many generous offers. But I don't publish guest posts. I like to write my blog myself. And if I ever did run a guest post, it would be because I asked someone whose blog I really, really liked to do it. Sorry. Other things I don't usually do: run reader competitions, publish sponsored content, advertorials or paid-for links.
Here's another thing you should know: My blog is about Manchester. Manchester life, Manchester culture, Manchester burritos. That's what I write about! It's totally spelled out for you here. "Manchester" is even in the name (kind of.) So if you send me press releases about events happening anywhere other than Manchester or its surrounding area, I will think poorly of you, and might even send you a snotty email if I'm in a bad mood that day.
I get lots and lots of press releases, even well-targeted press releases about stuff happening in Manchester, which I do read. But I just don't have time to respond to every one. So if you send me a press release, or an invitation to participate in some super fun experience especially for bloggers like me, and I don't respond, please don't take it personally. I'm not a horrible person. I'm just really busy, and I write this blog in the meager amount of spare time I have left after I've finished my paying work and looking after my kids. And that's also why I don't do unpaid writing work. So if you were going to ask me to write something for your website for links, "exposure" or anything other than cold hard cash, save yourself the trouble.