Recently, I've started thinking about taking someone on to co-blog with me. The reason being that I will be going into a pretty important year at school after summer so I probably won't have as much time to update the blog frequently. The prospect of shutting down the blog and stopping blogging entirely is AWFUL. I've made so many new blogging friends since returning from my hiatus and I don't intend to leave the blogosphere - you can't get rid of me that easily ;)
I have a few worries about taking on a co-blogger. What if I end up not getting on with her? I've thought about putting them on a trial basis. Would this be a bit harsh? I know it would be better to have someone I already know but I none of my friends like reading and I don't think they'd want to blog with me.
Suppose we did get on well, what if there's something I don't like about their reviews? I know everyone has their own style and I have no right to tell someone to do this or that but it's still my blog and I am somewhat of a perfectionist - which can be very annoying sometimes! The wonderful Eileen suggested I could get the people who sign up to write a guest review so I can get an idea of their style etc. (Thanks for the help, Eileen - it was very useful!) And if the person has no experience with using Blogger, I'd be more than happy to show them the 'ropes' but should you trust someone with your password so they can access all areas of your blog?
And how can you work well together? I'm guessing you'd have to be in regular contact through email to decide who does what each week. Since I'm a bit obsessed with checking my emails, I don't think that would be a problem. However, I'm a procrastinator. I don't plan ahead or schedule so maybe I'll have to change my 'ways' in order for everything to work out.
Say we get on really well and the schedule of the blog is perfectly organised between us, what if there are books we both want to read and review? How can we split it fairly? Should we write a joint review? I kinda have this thought that since I founded the blog and everything, I should get the first say but I want my co-blogger to have fun too, I don't want to end up being a grouchy, bossy thing who crashes the party -.- But then what if the co-blogger 'takes over' everything?
I'm not even sure if anyone will want to blog with me but I'm thinking of posting a form (a few weeks after school starts) for people to sign up if they're interested. I'm still not entirely sure if I want to go down this path but if you know anyone who likes reviewing but doesn't want to commit to their own blog, send them my way!
So, please please PLEASE leave me your thoughts on co-blogging. Do you think it would be a fun thing to do since it takes off some of the pressure on yourself? If you co-blog, I would appreciate it if you could tell me the highs and lows of co-blogging and what you do to make it work well.
I know this is meant to be a discussion but I've just realised I've asked a LOT of questions so any tips or advice will be highly appreciated!