By: Melanie | January 13, 2014 | (36) Comments

Hey bibliophiles! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future for YA Midnight Reads. I am currently a 14 year old student and am about to enter Year 9 (freshman–in American terms) in a fortnight. And quite frankly, studying is going to consume most of my time nowadays but I would hate to have YA Midnight Reads barely active. So, I was only left with two other alternatives. To ditch YA Midnight Reads completely (but I wouldn’t be in my right mind to do that, this blog is my baby) and blog full time at Finding Bliss in Books (which I am not leaving, I’ve become attached to that blog as well) or find a co-blogger. And like the title post suggests, I’ve decided to look for a co-blogger (or two…it really depends).

I am very nervous but also excited about getting a co-blogger. I mean, that means I will be sharing the same workspace with someone. You’d think I would be already really good at this co-blogging thing since I’m also over at Finding Bliss in Books, however it’s not. Because this has always been my blog from the very get go and I’ve taken full responsibility for it all by myself.

There’s no guarantee I’m going to have a co-blogger at the end of this search. If I don’t find anyone that is fitting of my criteria, it’ll just be myself on this blog like it is now.

What type of co-blogger I am looking for:
– I am hoping to find a co-blogger situated in Australia. But I don’t mind if you are not. (Or at least just one, if I am to get two co-bloggers)
– You MUST post AT LEAST one review a week (does not have to be an ARC review) and contribute in discussion posts AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. 
– You MUST be a reliable person and communicate with me. I really hate it when I send an urgent email in need of a reply and don’t get the reply until a week later without some legit excuse.
– You MUST have a Twitter AND Goodreads account. If you do not, get one now.
– You CANNOT use this blog to sign up for blog tours. You MUST consult with me if you want to sign this blog up for a tour.
– You MUST have a serious dedication to reading books and writing reviews. I don’t want to have someone on this blog who writes two sentences and calls that a review. Or, I don’t want someone who writes a 2000 word essay full of meaningless words.
– You MUST be able to write at least 4+ paragraphs in your reviews. Also, your review has to be completely honest.
– You CANNOT post any erotic fiction reviews/content or anything like that. This is solely a YA fiction book blog. Some MG, NA and Adult is allowed.
– You MUST schedule reviews 24-48 hours ahead of time or notify me that you are going to be posting for the day. Only one post a day please!
– You WILL be able to use YA Midnight Reads’ statistics to receive ARCs and eARCs from publishers. If you are an Australian citizen, I might even send you my ARCs for you to read and review.

And that’s all! I know I sounded a bit harsh but I have to put my foot down and state the necessary things because I want a co-blogger who is easy and fun to work with and socialize. Trust me, I don’t bite. I’m just a little weird and crazy in the head 😛

It’s an advantage if I know you already. You can be already blogging at another blog, I don’t mind.

If you are busy but still want to join YMR, you can apply to be a co-reviewer or guest-poster. 

If you are interested in co-blogging with me, please email me at theyabooklover(at)hotmail(dot)com with the following:

  • Name, age and country you’re from
  • Link to your blog (if you have one)
  • Whether I know you or not
  • Your twitter handle
  • A little intro about yourself
  • A link to your Goodreads page (or Booklikes or Leafmarks)
  • Links to two positive reviews
  • Links to two negative reviews
  • Whether you can use Photoshop. If yes, are you good at it?

Please only send an email if you are legit serious! And a shoutout/credit to Faye, who I stole this format from. I hope you don’t mind, lovely.

Applications end 20th of January

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.
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36 Responses to Searching for a Co-Blogger (or two)

  1. Good luck on finding a new coblogger! I’ve been looking into getting a coblogger too, because while freshman year hasn’t been crazy hectic all the time, I’ve heard that sophomore year is going to be craazzy so maybe I’ll start experimenting on finding one too. Also I hope you have a great time in freshman year (or Year 9) 😀 <33
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  2. Good luck Mel on your search for a co-blogger! Being an active blogger is a lot of work, maybe I will think about getting one some time too. Good luck with the studying hun, I’m glad you’re so dedicated to priorities hehe.
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  3. I have been thinking about a co-blogger as well, as I am going into year 12, but I just don’t want to look for, and as my blog is called Angel Reads, I can’t really have someone that isn’t names Angel on my blog.
    Good Luck in year 9, it’s not that hard, have fun! Hope you search goes well in finding a co-blogger
    Angel @ Angel Reads recently posted…ARC Book Review and Giveaway: Resisting the Hero (An Accidentally in Love Novel #3) by Cindi MadsenMy Profile

  4. Megan says:

    Good lucky with the search! I am way to scared to even think about having a co-blogger, although it wouldn’t be a bad idea. I hope you find someone perfect!
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  5. Wow, You are awesome for all that you do with all that you have on your plate. I really hope you find someone amazing.
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  6. Lexa Cain says:

    ALL very easy to understand and well-written, Mel. I hope you find an awesome co-blogger. If I come across any homeless book-bloggers who fit your criteria, I’ll send them your way. 🙂
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  7. I think it’s great that you want to get a co-blogger Mel, and it’s great that you’re prioritising work before blog; I wish I could leave college and blog full-time, but I know I’m no where near established enough for it, or known. It’s a clear and understandable criteria, and I hope you find someone 🙂
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  8. Kezia says:

    Good luck for the search Mel!! I understand that no matter how much we love blogging/reading, school should be our number 1 priority. I’ve been considering getting a co-blogger but I think I won’t…for now. I’m just simply too selfish lol xD I hope you’ll find an awesome co-blogger who meets all your criteria :3
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  9. Ashley says:

    I hope you’re able to find the perfect co-blogger! Good luck. 🙂
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  10. Aimee says:

    Good luck on your search Melanie! I would love to apply, but I already blog at two places lol! And I completely understand what you’re going through. I’ll be in Year 9 in June. I’m trying to study harder this year since my goal is to be part of the top 5 in the batch. During the third quarter of school I was in the top 9, so I’m getting a bit closer! 😀 I would love to help out anytime you think you’re blog’s getting inactive, but generally I hope you find a/some nice and reliable co-bloggers. 🙂
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  11. Hi Mel, just stumbled across your blog! So glad to find more Aussie bloggers around the blogosphere, they’re sometimes hard to come by 😛

    Good luck starting year 9, I remember when I started year 9 at a whole new school and how daunting of an experience it was. Turns out that year 9 was a great year for me, and I’m sure it’ll be for you too! 🙂

    Good luck on finding a co-blogger, I would love to apply but I don’t think I’m ready to leave my own blog just yet. Hope you find someone as like-minded as you.

    Joy x
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  12. Good luck finding a cobloger, Melanie! I think you’ll find a great one in this community, and I’m excited to see what’s new in the future for your blog! xo

  13. Good luck, Melanie! It’s really important to make sure your studies come first, so you are doing the right thing, I’m sure!

    I hope you’ll find the perfect co-blogger, and if not, I’ll still come by and check out your new posts when you have time to post 🙂

    Have a great week!
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  14. Sofia says:

    I sent an email to you for the co-blogging thing! Good luck in your search!
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  15. I need a co-blogger too. I have 3 contributors, but I need someone who is really dedicated to handling ARCs and knows blogging platforms so I can release some of the burden LOL.

    Sigh. I feel ya, girl. Good luck!
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  16. Rashika says:

    Good Luck Mel!! 🙂
    I hope you find wonderful co-bloggers and have a great time blogging 🙂

  17. Stephanie B says:

    I hope you find a co-blogger (or two), Mel! I so wish I could help you out. Good luck! I shall spread the word.
    Stephanie B recently posted…ARC Review: A Death-Struck YearMy Profile

  18. Good luck Melanie. I hope you find the perfect co-blogger 🙂
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  19. Good luck, Mel! Don’t be worried about being harsh. Your requirements are fair enough. I know that you’ll be able to find your perfect co-blogger. You are such an easy going person that people will find themselves comfortable working with you.

    Looking forward to the changes on your blog. And of course, I’m excited to meet the new bloggers behind YA Midnight reads. 😀

    Best of luck to your studies!
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  20. I hope you find the right person for you blog! A co-blogger could be really helpful, but if not, I’m glad you’re going to still blog on here when you can. This semester is going to be super busy for me too so I understand. do what you can. 🙂
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  21. Melliane says:

    oh good luck darling! I’m trying to find a new guest blogger but I think I found it. Just need to speak with her. LOL, apparently I’m lucky, just asked one person I know and she was interested. We’ll see. I know it’s something really difficult, I don’t know if I would be able to give the account to another person… for now guest is the only thing I’m ok with.
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  22. I hope you find the right fit! I can’t imagine having to turn over my baby to someone else, but the time might come!
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  23. Tanja says:

    I wish you all the luck with your search! I know how crazy school can be and right now I have hard time with my finals so yeah. But we are survivors and we’ll make it. I hope you’ll find a right co-blogger and I’ll try to post about this this week. 🙂
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  24. Olivia says:

    Hi! I’d love to co-blog here!
    I’ve been following YA Midnight Read and can honestly say that it’s one of my favourites 🙂
    My name’s Olivia and I’m a 15 year old Aussie girl! I have a blog named Bookcomet, which I post at daily (most of the time). Here’s a link but I am about to completely give it a makeover: http://bookcomet.wordpress.com
    I don’t know if you know me…I have commented here a few times 🙂
    My Twitter handle is @Bookcomet.
    I love reading, writing and blogging! 99% of the books I read are YA. I’m going into Year 10 this year.
    Here is a link to my Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12509855-livvvy75
    Sometimes I like to do “different” sort of reviews. For example: http://bookcomet.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/the-immortal-rules-review/
    Here is a more typical positive review: http://bookcomet.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/model-misfit-by-holly-smale/
    And here are the links to two negative reviews:
    http://bookcomet.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/reviews-dark-spell-and-the-testing/
    http://bookcomet.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/reviews-the-perpetual-motion-club-by-sue-lange-and-water-by-natasha-hardy/
    The reason the second review isn’t really negative is because I never used to post bad reviews so I don’t have many. I do now though.
    I don’t have Photoshop, but I do use GIMP. I’m getting good at it, my new blog design will hopefully tell and that will be up soon hopefully.
    Thank you!
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  25. Alise says:

    I almost want to apply just so I can work with you-I would love to help out but I am so swamped already with my own co-bloggers. I hope you find a great match, I never thought I would find someone who fit my personality but now Bec is one of my best friends!
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  26. I hope you find a co-blogger/s! And please don’t stop blogging, okay? I always look forward to your reviews.
    Dre @ Sporadic Reads recently posted…Book Review 114 : Skellig by David AlmondMy Profile

  27. Goldie says:

    Oh gosh, you’re so young and you already have such a great blog! Goodluck with finding a co-blogger! 🙂 And with your upcoming year.
    Goldie recently posted…Review: Don’t Care HighMy Profile

  28. Emily says:

    All the best on your search Mel!! 🙂 I’ll be helping you with a few shootouts, and I do hope you’ll find a suitable match, dear! 😀 (and yes, I’m back!!)
    Emily recently posted…Making Friends in the BlogsphereMy Profile

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