Well. Isn’t that the question of the year. Would I ever have a co-blogger? A Co-Reviewer? A Co-Anything? Good questions, first let’s see the definitions for all of these. Then I’ll begin a breakdown of my reasons why. The inpiration for this post came from reading Briana’s post @ Pages Unbound on Why The Future of Blogging May Be Co-Blogging. Yes that post is over two years old, but it’s still a good post, and it inspired this one ❤
Co-blogger: Has pretty much the same rights and duties as the owner/creator of the blog.
Co-reviewer: It’s pretty much what you think it is: someone who only contributes reviews to the blog.
Guest poster: This is someone who posts maybe once a month (basically just really sporadically) on the blog with a post that is typically a review or discussion post.
~ Sourced via Midnight Blogging 101 @ YA Midnight Reads
Originally when I started out I contemplated it, but I didn’t know anyone. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my workspace. My blog is my baby, you know it’s my creative space where I get to experiment. Adding in a co-blogger would mean, sharing literally everything. Now I’m fine working with others, but erm…with my blog I have ideas of what I want to do. I like not having to answer to anyone to make sure it meets their standards (cause I would be annoying as the owner, I like things done a certain way.)
What I mean, is I’m in the process of a blog redesign. Sure having a co-blogger would maybe make things easier, but also I’d worry they’d do something wrong. So if they were reformatting old posts, I’d end up checking them anyway, not because I didn’t trust them to do a good job. But because I’m paranoid like that, I worry a lot and my dad’s instilled me this ‘if you want a job done properly, do it yourself’ so erm…I stick by it.
Also design wise…I like my pastel colours I also know it’s not for everyone. I get that, which is why I may not work with a co-blogger? If design, post ideas clash you’re not gonna get on all that well. Which makes blogging harder you know, would I ever entertain the idea?
Sure when I’m maybe older, my life situation will probably have changed or I may choose to create a blog specifically so I could have co-bloggers haha. I don’t know though, I know right now and the next year or so I won’t want a co-blogger. I’d rather spread my wings, grow as a person, blogger and learn as I go.
See this is a more appealing for me, again though…I wouldn’t. I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to certain things. I have certain ways of laying things, organising and sorting things. Whilst they may only post reviews…I just…no. Cause then it’s not really MY space anymore, it’d be mine and the unlucky person who has to put up with me xD
I’d rather use the term contributor here, where someone posts whenever they feel like…resulting in me dying because PLANS! I don’t like unexpected things, appearing ok I like relative organised chaos; namely my organised chaos – which makes total sense to me. To me a guest poster is someone who writes a post for you, to post on your own blog but format it yourself. A guest poster wouldn’t have access to your actual blog haha. I wouldn’t really go with a contributor though, since they’d need access to the blog and admin…paranoia again. Control. Inner perfectionist. Can we see a pattern?
With all that being said though, I think maybe in a couple of years. Like when I’m in my early 20’s things may change. *chuckles* Sorry I’m just laughing knowing how a lot of my blogging friends would be in their late 20’s by then and older hehe. Made me giggle. The bottom line is, this blog was originally created for me to have a way to share my thoughts and feelings on things. It was a ways to empty my brain out of all the ideas, thoughts and opinions buzzing inside me.
Whilst a co-blogger can offer a new voice, different perspective and a different vibe to your blog. Right now I feel like I’m fine juggling everything myself, I have a support network of wonderful bloggers, whom I love dearly. I have enough ideas currently to sink a decent sized boat. That’s excluding the backlog of reviews I gotta write.
I would however, not mind being a co-blogger on someone else’s blog. I don’t mind conforming to their formatting preferences, etc. In fact I’m more than happy to take on that role, just not having one on my own blog thanks.
Well that was a rather honest post, I feel like. Now we know I’d not have a co-partner of any kind on my blog – at least right now. But I would be happy co-blogging with someone else, on their blog (still keeping my own blog on the go too – yes I have death wish). Would you guys have a co-blogger? Would you be a co-blogger on someone else’s blog? Let me know ❤