Why You Might Want a Co-Blogger
I’ve been speculating for a while that the future of book blogging may be co-blogging. As “successful” book bloggers are expected to take on increasing responsibilities, from keeping up with bookish news to taking their own photos to running multiple social media accounts, I think bloggers who want to try to make it “big” in our corner of the Internet may find themselves wanting co-bloggers to keep up with the tasks.
Many of us are reluctant to take on co-bloggers, either due to a simple desire to maintain independence in blogging or due to hearing horror stories of other people’s co-bloggers that didn’t quite work out. (Pages Unbound actually had two former co-bloggers who just disappeared without a word. One never even posted anything beyond her introduction post.)
However, it is possible to find a co-blogger who will work with you, not against you (or just not work at all). So if you’re ready to take the plunge and want to set up an application for a co-blogger, there are just a few things you need to ask applicants to make sure you’ll be on the same page as co-bloggers..
What Do You Need in a Co-Blogger?
The first thing you need to determine is exactly what you want a co-blogger to do. Think of this as an official job opening. The position should have a job description that that tells applicants what type of experience you want your co-blogger to have already and what duties you expect them to perform. Don’t just ask someone to “join your blog” without telling them what you mean by that or without knowing yourself what you mean by the request. Are you going to be equal partners? Or will you be still be “in charge” of the blog? Are you asking the co-blogger simply to write content for the blog, or do you want them to help with other tasks? Think about adding the four questions below to your co-blogger application process to make sure you get the co-blogger you want.
Update: If you are looking for a co-blogger, Stephanie from Rantings, Ravings, and Ramblings has put together an application to help match bloggers up! Check it out here!