I recently had a little one-on-one questionnaire with Christy and Erica from the blog Novel Ink. First let me start off by saying they're probably two of the sweetest ladies on the blogosphere and they work so well together as a team. I mean just look at how much their blog has grown! They've been such a great help in educating me on having a co-blogger. If you didn't know, I've recently been thinking of getting a co-blogger myself and this struck as a great opportunity to post a Let's Discuss post.
A co-blogger is just as important as the head blogger in a blog. It's a mutual relationship that works both ways in which each person is dependent on the other for content and attaining their audience. Lately I've found myself more stressed to post every. single. day. That's a huge issue considering how much I love to blog, and how I do it because it's my passion. I wanted to discuss some of the 7 attributes that make a good co-blogger, and if you couldn't eventually tell (this will lead into me obviously finding a co-blogger).
**DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON THIS SUBJECT**
1. A person that works well with you. When finding a co-blogger, you should definitely look for something who's sparked the same interests with you and must have something in common. You know that term 'opposites attract'? Well if you're two entirely different people from two entirely different universes, I'm not sure how that would work. In some cases it would work but it's better if you know who and what works best with you.
2. Proactive. A co-blogger, I believe, has to be someone that is driven to work with you and make the blog an entertaining thing. Someone that responds to emails in a matter of hours, not days. Someone that posts when they are assigned to post. And if they ever do run into a problem, they email ahead of time to avoid confusion.
3. Dedicated. A dedicated co-blogger is someone that will stick with you till the end. TO BE HONEST, no one likes a flake. NO ONE. And I'm not talking about flakes as in dandruff, I'm talking in terms of blogger. If you're not going to stick around as a co-blogger for at least 6 months, then why bother.
4. Interest. If you want to be a co-blogger for a book blog, I'd expect at least some interest in books!! Same thing with lifestyle blogs and art blogs. You want to be interested in the same thing the blog is focused on, or then what's the point? In some cases, you might be there to add something different but that's only in some cases.
5. Creativity. Co-bloggers are there to enlighten new ideas and generate fun events! They should be contributing ideas as well as voicing their opinions. It's not a collaboration if one person isn't doing anything. For a lack of a better term I'm going to say creativity, but what I really mean is contribution.
6. Motivation. Someone who motivates you to keep blogging and not to give up. Some people find co-bloggers because they can't handle the workload but others find it delightful to have someone to talk to and just to communicate intimately with. Co-bloggers should love working with you and the two (or how many co-bloggers) should be practically inseparable.
Hope ya'll enjoyed this post. If you're looking for a co-blogger, definitely keep these six traits in mind. They'll definitely lead you into finding your perfect bookish soul mate!