Blog Partners/Collab Blogs

Posted March 11, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Collaborative Blogs…
So, as many of you know, I was on a collaborative blog (Bookish) for almost 2 years. This blog suffered from it from lack of free time due to a full time real job and from going on to Bookish full time. I was also a co-founder of The Raven Readers (it lasted a little less than a year and also consisted of about 6-8 of us at one point). And I’m not going to lie, I do miss being part of a collaboration. And I have also thought about bringing on a partner or two. You might be thinking, well, why did you leave Bookish then? And that’s a good question. 
Why did I leave Bookish? 
Was it the girls I worked with? Absolutely not! I love the girls I worked with. They have become great friends of mine and I hope that our friendships only grow stronger over the years. I will always be thankful for the opportunity that Evie has given me and the friendships that she has provided me with. 
The reason I left Bookish was because reading in itself started to feel like a chore. I started this blog to get in the bookish community and make more friends because I just don’t get to talk about books in real life like I do here. I just wanted an outlet for my bookish craziness and once I found the book blogging community, I fell in love. It’s such a great community. But when I was at Bookish, I couldn’t just read a book because I wanted to read it. I had to make sure that none of the other girls had already planned on reviewing it and double check that it hadn’t been reviewed at all. I couldn’t just pick up a book because I felt like reading it. I came back to blogging full time last December and it was like a breath of fresh air.
So then why bring on a partner?
That’s another good question. I haven’t done a post for applying. Since I’m still in the thought process on do I or don’t I? But the reasons why I do is that I miss sharing the bookish experiences that I had over at Bookish. 
Now, notice that I say partner. I’m not looking to start a collaborative blog with 5 or 6 other girls, I’ve tried that and it’s too hard for me. I’m looking at 1-2 more people who will contribute in not only memes and discussions. But reviews as well. But I don’t want to go overboard with an entire group. I want it to be more intimate than a group. I want to become good friends with whomever I decide to take this next journey on. I feel like a group would be too much. I’ve tried that and it didn’t work for me. But I don’t want to give up on blog duos/trios. I haven’t tried that and I think it’d be a much better fit for me.
Another reason is that since I just got engaged, I know that the next 2 years of my life are going to be SO hectic with planning a wedding, having the wedding, and the honeymoon phase, that I know I’m going to need all the help I can get.
So let’s talk!
I know that there are pros and cons to blog duos/blog collabs. I’ve stated my opinion on each. What about you? What do you think about blog duos/blog collabs? Are you interested in doing the same? Are you opposed to it? Let me know in the comments!

0 responses to “Blog Partners/Collab Blogs

  1. Once upon a time, I applied a blog that focuses in the Romance genre. The best thing about it, is that we're given certain sub-genres to review (e.g. romance series, romantic suspense, erotica…etc) so there was very little chance of us reviewing the same books. I think I only offered up a couple of reviews until I dropped out. I quit because I didn't have time anymore. At the time, my blog was getting more traffic, so I wanted to concentrate on it.

    Back in the fall, someone applied to be my co-blogger. I wasn't even looking. At first, I agreed. Because I thought it would be a great way to free up my time. But the more I thought about it, the less advantageous I thought it would be.

    I think primarily, I'm just not ready to share my personal space. I thought she would make a great fit, but in the end, I'm just a selfish person. Lol.

  2. I don't think it's selfishness as much as it's what you want. I mean it's your blog and you only want what is best, right? I don't think there is a right or a wrong when it comes to wanting or not wanting a blog partner.

    I think it works for some people and it doesn't for others.

    Thanks for stopping by and discussing this with me!

  3. Amanda Gray

    I'm part of a co-blog, and it was a mutual decision and we were friends anyway, and I admit, I think I find it harder than she does because I posted everyday, no matter what, sometimes twice, and now I post three a week. I admit, it has it's benefits, it's much more chilled and I have time for other things and other people and other hobbies, and it's lovely, but you need to be sure you want to.

    You're sharing everything, from thoughts, opinions, and you need to be prepared for that someone to see things no finished too. It's very different than as a group and being alone, it's intimate and close, and you share things with them all the time. You have to be sure you can do it.

    I think if you're sure, then it's best to ask friends first, not offer out to people, you want someone you know and trust, and the rest might just work. Great topic though Steph, very very good!

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