How to Guest Post on WTBGU!

When the Balloon Goes Up! would have never grown as quickly as it has if other people hadn’t lent their platform to help us out.  And with many of the topics discussed on this WTBGU! there are multiple methods that can be successful or points of view.

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. — Henry Ford

So effective immediately, WTBGU! will accept guest posts for inclusion in a weekly feature “Guest Post Friday”


To be accepted your post must be related one of follow topics:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Home Defense
  • 72 Hour Preparedness
  • Training
  • Competition

Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post. (However, I do have an Featured Article category for that if you are interested.)


  • Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
  • You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post.
  • You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
  • Your post should be at least 500 words long and no more than 800 words.


  • I will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If I make substantive changes (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
  • I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why I think the post is important. I will make sure that my comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that my readers are clear that these are mine and not yours.


I understand the work that it takes to write a blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it to When the Balloon Goes Up! does not obligate us to publish it. The only guest posts we will publish are those that in our sole judgment add value to my readers.


If your post meets the above guidelines:

  • Please email it to me for consideration. Due to the volume of submissions, it usually takes me 2–3 weeks to respond.
  • Please include a one to two-sentence byline that includes what you do, along with your blog address and your Twitter and/or Facebook address.
  • Please include the size of your readership: number of blog readers, Facebook friends or fans, and Twitter followers.
  • Please confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your post. This is hugely important and a non-negotiable. My readers have come to expect this.
  • Please include the post in the body of the e-mail. DO NOT include it as an attachment. Also, please do not include HTML coding.
  • If I reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.

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