Yet another moment of serendipity! It just so happens Tabs and I were talking about this last night and it turns out it is the topic of this weeks Book Blogger Confessions. So here is what we came up with on what is the most important things to consider when adding a new person into a blog!
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Things to Consider When Taking on a Partner
∞ Can you be friends with this person? (if you aren’t already) if you can’t see yourself as friends, walk away now.
∞ Think about yourself. Are you laid back and easy going? A little bit of a control freak? OCD? Is it going to be a “your way or the highway” type of situation the new person is walking into? If so, they need ot know. They need to know YOUR personality, and YOU need to know theirs.
Consider Me This, Consider Me That & Questions to Ask:
∞ Do you like things scheduled ahead of time? How far ahead of time? Or are you a procrastinator who likes to fly by the seat of your pants.
∞ Do you have a set format for reviews etc that you’re going to want the new person to follow? Or are they going to be able to come up with their own format for doing things?
∞ How much communication do you expect from the new person? Are time zones going to be an issue?
Tabs and I talk every day. Literally every day. I don’t personally think I’d be comfortable blogging with someone who I couldn’t talk to at least every other day. With blogging, you never know when things will come up that need a good discussion. And since Tabs and I are more laid back scheduling wise, we discuss more often what we’re going to be doing the next day or what the next post will be more often than if we scheduled things out weeks ahead of time.
This is right up there in importance with personality. How much do you trust this potential partner?
∞ Are they going to get Admin privileges from the start, etc? This is definitely something to consider regardless of whether they are a new blogger themselves or if they are an experienced blogger and/or reviewer. A new blogger who’s not familiar with things (especially in WordPress could accidentally mess things up. And a person with expert experience who’s not trustworthy could jack up your blog if they had Admin access if they were not happy for some reason (hopefully this never happens to anyone!)
∞ Do you trust this person enough to represent your blog to publishers and authors? Your blog is as good as the reputation you’ve built with it.
∞ Are you going to share your contacts with them or are you going to expect them to garner their own contacts? Or are you going to be the go-between with the pubs and the new person?
∞ Creative control – are they going to get a say in design elements, etc?
∞ What will their “title” be: contributor, reviewer, or co-blogger/equal
∞ Who is going to be in charge of what?
¤ Will you both do it spur of the moment what the other hasn’t done
¤ Or are you each going to have a list of tasks that will be your responsibility?
This has a lot to do with how organized you both want to be.
This post got so long that Tabs and I don’t have much room to put in our own experiences/what we’ve learned ourselves in, so we’ll be posting a Part II soon with that!