This post may be a bit ranty at times, but that’s partly why I’m writing it. For those of you that don’t know, I have another blog. On this blog I have two other reviewers. We each post one review a week and rotate certain memes and features, or so we did.
So I started my other blog in December of 2011. At the time I didn’t feel that I read enough to make enough review posts. So I asked my best friend if she wanted to join in to help out. She was happy to do this, so we were two. Fast forward to this past summer. I met a new neighbour who also has a passion for reading and was interested in blogging but wasn’t sure if she would be able to commit to it. So at the time we were having trouble getting as many posts done as we wanted, so I asked her if she wanted to join it. So there were three of us and has been ever since.
Well, the past couple of months, after we’ve been scheduling posts since the summer to make sure everyone gets what they needed done, I noticed that neither of them were following the schedule anymore. So I asked them about it. One never ever got back to me and the other thought for some reason I had removed her from this feature, so wasn’t bother to look or even check the schedule to see if she was on it (huh?!). Basically I had a moment where I wanted to say a few things, I didn’t and just told them both to never mind and scrapped the feature. I could have done it by myself but it was a post that each of us did once a month since it was a bit harder to think of enough ideas each week. So that’s now gone and they are back in their own worlds, the blog has gone on and all is fine.
But I had been thinking about it for awhile and realized a few things. There are things that would have been much easier if I was the only blogger, boom A Glo-Worm Reads was born! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my other blog and my co-bloggers but it has been so much easier alone. There are always going to be pros and cons in any relationship like this, so I thought I would make a list of what I’ve noticed in case you’re thinking of getting a co-blogger. So you can decide if it’s the right choice for you!
- More bloggers = less posts that you have to do!
- More blog diversity for types of books read
- Less stress for getting so many books read to review each week
- You always have someone to discuss books with!
- More people to help promote the blog!
- Different review voices (writing styles) for more variety
- Sometimes not everyone does their posts
- Sometimes contacting co-bloggers can be difficult, so if something is time sensitive..
- In my case, I do most things, make schedules, find contacts, comment on other blogs, reply to comments
- Co-blogger(s) might quit with no notice (this is always a worry of mine!) Causes stress!
- They might not follow the schedule.
- Can sometimes be more stress/work for one person
- Can’t really personalise anything because of conflicting personalities
- No room for flexibility in blog schedule
Basically I’m not having the best time with my co-bloggers anymore. We’ve thought about getting our own domain and a new blog makeover, but no one was willing to help split the costs with me. Yes, I know I made the blog, but I didn’t even blog a month alone, so there has pretty much been someone there the whole time with me. They could help split the cost but won’t, so I feel like there is a lack of commitment. They say they want the change, but are unwilling to help? I also fund most of the giveaways and such. Most, but not all.
I’ve found that I’m wasting my time making a schedule, so I might just stop bothering if no one is going to look at it. Maybe they will make it? Doubtful. There are times where I feel like everything I’ve done for the blog is taken for granted. I’ve had next to no help lately, other than them getting their posts up on time. It kind of sucks. I’m having a much better time on this blog because I can be more flexible with my posts. this is a much less stressful project for me now.
At least I’m having fun here! I’m sorry if I got a bit ranty, clearly I’m not happy with some things right now. What do you guys think? Are co-bloogers something you would want? My experience with them did start out really great for about 6 months or so, but only recently it’s changed.