Why I Started the WorkplacePsychology blog

[NOTE: This post was updated February 2018]

The irony about working hard to create my very own blog and watching it become recognized online (i.e., my blog ranks extremely high on Google searches) is that I get many requests from people who want to do guest posts. It’s got me thinking back to why I started this blog. The more I thought about it, the more I felt the need to share my thoughts with the readers and visitors of WorkplacePsychology.Net.

The main reason why I do not accept guest posts:

As the sole creator and author of the WorkplacePsychology.Net blog, I want to ensure that what is written comes directly from me. This is because WorkplacePsychology.Net is written through a scholarly lens (that’s why there are citations in almost every post). I often spend days, sometimes even weeks, researching and writing just one post. Why? The reason is simple. In order to keep my promise of a blog that’s scholarly but written in a “clear, concise, and easy-to-understand manner” I have to wade through textbooks, psychology journals, and/or sites such as the New York Times, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review or the Wall Street Journal to gather information. Next, I have to make sense of the information and communicate it to my readers in an informative and engaging manner.

Because of the time-intensive nature of what goes into each post, I do not post as frequently as many other bloggers. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. In my humble opinion, it is more important to me that there is one high quality, well-researched post than five or ten shorter and not as substantive posts in a month.

Prior to starting WorkplacePsychology.Net, I sat down and mapped out my purpose for writing the blog and who I wanted my target audience to be. I then looked at the gap (i.e., where I felt I could contribute), which was very wide. On one end of the continuum were blogs written with absolutely no citations or crediting of sources. In my opinion, this is not only careless but irresponsible writing. On the other end were blogs attached to psychology associations. More often than not, these are not only boring to read but because the designs were poor, they were also difficult to read because the font size was too small.

So that’s where this WorkplacePsychology blog sits. Of course, it would not make any sense if I discussed not accepting guest posts, without talking about my goals for starting this blog.

My two reasons for starting this WorkplacePsychology blog are as follows: (1) I want people to read, understand, and be excited about how psychology applies to the workplace, and (2) I want the blog to be a reputable and trusted resource for people to turn to.

I am very lucky because both of these goals have come to fruition. This, I truly believe, would not have been possible had I not crafted and labored over every post. Granted, there are posts that I am really proud of and there are some that are not as substantial as I would have liked.

To those who have contacted me asking about guest posting, thank you for your interest in contributing. I hope this post explains why I do not accept guest posters. This might change eventually down the road, and when that day comes, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. But, as it stands, this WorkplacePsychology blog shall remain a “one-man band.” Thanks for your understanding.

Written By: Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
Leadership + Talent Development Advisor