By: Melanie | May 26, 2015 | (67) Comments

midnight blogging 101

Midnight Blogging 101 is a sporadic feature where we share advice, tips and tricks for your blog.

———

Considering a co-blogger? Want to know the pros and cons? This post is for you.

One of the most frequently asked question I get as a blogger is something along the lines of: “How did you find your co-bloggers and what was the process?” / “Can you give me some advice on finding a co-blogger?” So, I thought it’d be only fitting to start off this new feature with this topic. Disclaimer: all of this is just based off my own personal experience with co-blogging at Finding Bliss in Books (with Blythe and Ellis) and having two co-bloggers (le lovely Larissa and Celine) at YMR that I took on in February 2014.

coblogging

Pros of having a co-blogger

There’s less stress because you don’t have to handle all of the blog work by yourself.   

One of the main reasons why I decided to get two co-bloggers back in February in 2014 was because I was moving to a new school and I knew the work at my new school would be much more intense – and there was no way I would’ve been able to manage to keep this blog alive each week all on my own. Sure, you might be thinking removing that stress by just blogging once a month or something will do the trick… but for me, I feel like I owe it to you guys to post somewhat as regularly as possible, but keeping the quality up as well. And with co-bloggers, that makes it completely possible. That means that there’s less stress on yourself about posting regularly, because there’ll be someone else there with posts ready to go as well. In a way, you an your co-bloggers are a super-ultra epic team of awesome.

Almost as epic as those minions’ teamwork. Almost…

Your blog will have more diverse content because every person’s voice and thoughts are unique.

I have a confession: I totally suck at writing Discussing Through Midnight posts. I JUST REALLY SUCK AT DISCUSSING STUFF AT TIMES, OKAY? And that’s totally okay. Because Celine and Larissa totally kick-ass at it with their deep and meaningful posts that I know I’d never be able to churn out. (Especially those feministic posts Larissa writes. HOW??) And that, I am truly grateful for. Co-bloggers can bring fresh content to the blog that you may not be able to churn out/think of yourself. Also, who doesn’t love a second opinion of a certain novel? I did a mini review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas which I had ‘average’ feelings about and then just recently, Celine came back and wrote a bitingly honest review of it, explaining everything that she didn’t like about the novel.

You get to make a new friend (or two, or more) and have this really close-knit relationship that you might not get to have through other means. 

This might come out as cliche but if weren’t for co-blogging, I wouldn’t have met wonderful people like Blythe, Ellis or Larissa, who are all some of the best bloggish peeps I know. And I might’ve not been able to know Celine as well as I do right now, as before I only knew her because of her own blog, The Book Shimmy.

Cons of having a co-blogger

Co-blogging is not for everyone. It means sharing your workspace. 

Working with others, and sharing your own blog is a hard step to take, and some people might just not be prepared to do that, and that’s completely okay. I do have a few blogging friends who’ve tried out the co-blogging scene and found that it’s not really their thing, so if you’re not 100% sure about taking that leap of sharing your baby with one or more people, you don’t have to, it’s your blog. If posting regularly is the reason why you want a c0-blogger but you’re also not sure you are anywhere near ready to do the co-blogging thing, I’d definitely suggest looking into getting guest posters or a co-reviewer instead.

You might find that you’re losing your own voice. 

Co-blogging can feel overwhelming at times, especially if it is you blogging at someone else’s blog, and sometimes you might feel like you no longer are being yourself, and adopting your co-blogger’s ways and views.

Co-blogger, Co-reviewer, Guest poster

What’s the difference between a co-blogger, co-reviewer and guest poster?

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.

Finding that perfect co-blogger

So how did I find my co-bloggers? Here’s some tips that I’ve made based on how I ended up ‘recruiting’ Celine and Larissa. 😀

  • Make a post about it. Some people have simply put it in their weekly recaps briefly saying something like: “I was wondering if anyone wanted to co-blog with me? Please email me at ____(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re keen!” But honestly, that isn’t going to get you the number of responses that you want. So go all out and make a detailed post about how you’re searching for a co-blogger, what kind of person you are seeking for, and what you need to know in the applicant’s email application.
  • Don’t forget about social media platforms and Goodreads. When I was searching for co-bloggers, I pretty much annoyed all my followers with constant tweets advertising how I was searching for a co-blogger, and the link to the post I made. I even posted it on Goodreads, and you’d be surprised to know that about 1/4 of the people who did end up applying were my Goodreads friends. So yes, DON’T UNDERMINE THE SOCIAL MEDIAS AND GOODREADS.
  • Be specific, and be clear. Don’t be afraid to specify a few requirements or things that you are looking for in your co-blogger, and what you want to see in the applications. You’re looking for someone who is actually going to be dedicated and not someone who’s only responding to messages a month later, only posting once every 3 months or something – so being clear right from the beginning about your expectations is the best way to go.
  • Don’t forget to mention the application closing date in your post. This might be a weird tip but trust me, this will save you from 1) people thinking that you’ve already closed applications and not applying at all and 2) people thinking that you haven’t closed applications and applying weeks later even though you’ve already found someone.
  • Ask for samples of negative reviews and positive reviews in people’s applications. By the time people were starting to apply, I found it really hard to narrow it down to just two co-bloggers because there were so many amazing people who applied! Asking for negative/positive reviews helped a lot to narrow it down and get a feel for everyone’s reviewing style and personality in general.

Still not so sure? Here’s a link to my post when I was searching for a co-blogger.

I hope that this helps anyone who was thinking of getting a co-blogger. Let me know if you have any further questions!

The following two tabs change content below.

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.

Want more posts like this?

Subscribe via email to receive new posts on book reviews, bookish giveaways, discussions and more!

67 Responses to Midnight Blogging 101: All About Co-Blogging

  1. I tried looking for one for months but nobody signed up whenever I made a post, so I guess nobody wants to be my co-blogger. 😛 I’ll have to keep doing it on my own.
    Bieke @ Istyria book blog recently posted…{Discussion Review} The Heir by Kiera CassMy Profile

  2. Great post! Yes, co-blogging certainly isn’t for everyone . . . which is why I’ve never ventured into looking into it. I just don’t think it’s for me. Though I definitely can see why people do it — and if it suits them and their blog, then it’s a brilliant idea. 🙂

  3. Kat Kennedy says:

    This is a great post. Cobblogging has been such a gift to me. I would never go back. You raise some very thoughtful points.

    Thanks for the post.
    Kat Kennedy recently posted…Buzz Worthy News: Laini Taylor Celebration Edition May 25, 2015My Profile

  4. Very nice and spot-on article. I have been considering a co-blogger last year but decided against it and found only guest reviewer at the end. You pointed out all my worries/struggles perfectly in this post. Good job 🙂
    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing recently posted…Tips How To Survive Vacation (For Book Junkies)My Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you Lucia! Ooh guest poster is a pretty good idea! Especially if you still want the blog to be more you, but have help posting at the same time xD

  5. Such a great point because I always thought I’d never be a co-blogger, and while I am more of the leader on BBB (I’m always the person who has posts in advance should Stacie not have any) it still free’s me up a little. Great little post Mel!<3
    Amanda @ Beautiful Bookish Butterflies recently posted…Book Review – SteelheartMy Profile

  6. I can definitely see how co-blogging would help me be much more consistent with my posting schedule. Sometimes I take a random hiatus because life gets crazy, and then it turns into a hiatus that’s way longer than I meant it to. Having another blogger or two to back me up would certainly help with that. At the same time, though, I do love having my own space to myself, and I don’t think I would take on a co-blogger. I know it’s selfish, but it just feels more personal that way.
    Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination recently posted…My Greatest Writing Strength and (Shh!) WeaknessMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      It’s not selfish at all, girl! It’s completely up to you and co-blogging certainly isn’t for every blogger. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ana!

  7. I actually started my blog with my bestie. She eventually gave up because she was too busy and while I was sad, it was a good thing too. I’m too much of a control freak to handle co-blogging, it’s just not for me. Although it would be a huge help sometimes.

    • Melanie says:

      Oh I never knew that! Must have been awesome to blog with your best friend. Yeah, I can be a bit of a control freak at times as well, there’s been so many occasions where I’m just like: Mel. CHILL. 😛

  8. Jules says:

    This is so helpful Mel! I actually considered having a co-blogger for my one blog as well, but I wasn’t sure of “sharing” so I opted not to. haha but this is such a great tip for those who are recently starting and for dynamic duo reviewers! haha
    Jules recently posted…Top Three’s: What Bloggers Do Behind the LaptopMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Thanks Jules! Right? I was hesitant about sharing at the start too, but the more I thought about it, the more willing I was to share and here we are! xD

  9. Co-blogging is definitely not for everyone. I’ve personally never considered it because, well, my name is in the blog… if I found another ‘Rosie’ to co-blog with, I guess that would be something LOLLL but I feel like I don’t share my space with others well… I’m a bit of a control freak :X But at least I’m not too hard on myself if I go AWOL from the blog for a few days…or more! ;D

    Looking forward to more of these posts! 😀
    Rosie // Rosie Reads recently posted…Top Ten (40): Books in My “Beach” Bag This SummerMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Hahaha that would be definitely hard! Though I do know 2 more Rosie’s in the blogosphere I think xD It’s great that you are really chill with your posting schedule! Back in 2013 I had the idea that you had to post EVERY DAY and well, it was just all kinds of hectic.

  10. Great post. It definitely is something you have to think about and trying it out with a guest reviewer is a nice way to see if co-blogging is for you or not.
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn FieldingMy Profile

  11. Vanessa says:

    Wow, this makes it sound like a great idea. I had considered this, but I think first I should get used to the blogging things and then I should consider it more seriously. Great post!
    Vanessa recently posted…Review: Cruel BeautyMy Profile

  12. Thank you for this post! I’ve contemplated asking for a coblogger, but chickened out. I think you three really work well together, so it’s nice hearing about how you got together. 🙂
    Molly Mortensen recently posted…The Witch Hunter By Virginia BoeckerMy Profile

  13. I once had a co-blogger *cries for 3 seconds over loss* I think it’s different when it’s your sister though, because we live across the hall from each other and someone could always shout “DID YOU POST YET? IT’S FRIDAY. THAT’S YOUR DAY.” And we could be pretty blunt at our opinions of each other’s work. xD But it was fun! My sister and I agreed like 98% on topics and had the same sense of humour and all sorts of goodness. BUT HIGH SCHOOL ATE HER. -_- She has like zero time for anything except school and music (she’s aiming for the con, so yeah, tough stuff). I considered getting another co-blogger? But tbh, I’m not really sure how well I’d work with someone else. XD I’m a bit odd. STILL. THESE ARE FAB TIPS. I do co-blog occasionally with some friends at The Book Chewers and that is sooo fun. It definitely tightens friendships. I made a really close fangirling friend out of that.
    Omg, I’m totally rambling. xD

    *whispers* I don’t think you suck at discussions, Mel!!
    Cait @ Paper Fury recently posted…10 Algefacient Books for the Nefariously Cold HeartedMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes I remember Mime! It’s so cool that you girls co-blogged. Haha yeah high school is a pain and I’m barely keeping up.

      AW THANKS CAIT. YOU’RE TOO SWEET <33

  14. You lovelies have come a long way! Informative and well-detailed 🙂 I might use this post for future reference!
    Priscilla and her Books recently posted…The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)My Profile

  15. Awesome tips, Mel 🙂 I don’t think I’d ever get a co-blogger, just because it’s MINE. MY blog. Plus if I ever become an author that’d probably be how I promote stuff 😉 But I LOVE blogs with multiple people! It’s like a little family 🙂
    Emily @ Loony Literate recently posted…Top Ten Winter Reads!My Profile

  16. I have always thought of getting a co-blogger, but at the same time, I always reject the idea. I’m sort of a control-freak, and I like to set things on my terms. I hope that doesn’t sound bossy because it’s just my nature lol. But thank you for sharing these tips! Maybe in the future in a different blog I might consider getting one. 🙂
    Miguel @ The Quirky Reader recently posted…Mini Movie Reviews! Late Summer Bingeing.My Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes that’s totally understandable! I’m a bit of a control freak too at times but I think because Larissa and Celine have similar thoughts to me, it works out well!

  17. Great post Mel! I think a co-blogger would be nice, because it would take the pressure of me. But I can get meticulous about certain things, so I think I’ll just stick to being a solo gal 🙂
    Katie @ Book Arrows recently posted…The Fictional Boyfriend Tag!My Profile

  18. Melanie, I always appreciate your very informative, helpful posts as this one. I was just recently asked to become a co-blogger, so this post provided me with a lot of the info I was wondering about. Thanks!
    Julia Anne @ Peach Print recently posted…Mini Reviews – Throne of Glass & CinderMy Profile

  19. I love all the pro’s about co-blogging. It’s great to have different content by different people and how it takes away the stress from blogging, but I definitely fall under the con category: sharing your space. My blog feels like ME. It radiates Mel and I don’t think I want someone else in that space, it would not feel like ‘me’ anymore.
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Review 228. Lori M. Lee – Gates of thread and stone.My Profile

  20. I think it’s great that co-blogging has worked so well for you Melanie. I know there are so many pros to co-blogging however, I’m one of those people who don’t like to share. I do have months where I don’t post much, but it’s my blog only and I like it like that. I think the diversity in voices is great because I’ve always liked multiple POV’s when deciding to read a book or with the books I read. So I think co-blogging is great for the blogs I visit but not for me.
    Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind recently posted…Made of Stars by Kelley YorkMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Great point, Adriana! I guess for me I am a little hard on myself when it comes to posting regularly. I’m still trying to get over it haha

  21. benish says:

    This is actually a really helpful post, I haven’t really thought about c-blogging, I agree that I would hate losing my voice in my own blog. As of right now, my blog is mainly MINE lol xD

  22. This is a great post Mel! I have been considering getting a co-blogger in the future a few times. It seems like it takes a huge load of posting pressure off your shoulders. I have been apart of a blog with two other friends and I didn’t get the best experience from it. I felt as though they didn’t put too much effort into it. I don’t blame them though, they were still pretty new to blogging. Great post and thanks for sharing! 🙂

    ~Kaitlin
    Kaitlin @ Next Page Please! recently posted…Book Buddies: The Program by Suzanne YoungMy Profile

  23. Ksenia says:

    Great and informative review, Melanie! It’s wonderful that co-blogging works for you, the three of you make such a great team.
    Ksenia recently posted…Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosMy Profile

  24. Awesome post, Mel!

    I am a co-blogger at The Social Potato and have co-bloggers at Deadly Darlings. I love how all of us have very different styles. I also love how, on The Social Potato, we *try* to fix our blogging schedule in a way that we all contribute.

    But sometimes, like on Deadly Darlings, it’s extremely hard when we ALL are busy. I’m one of those people who don’t want to constantly bother my co-bloggers with questions, so at the moment I’m really the only one who’s posting. 🙁
    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings recently posted…An Exciting Announcement (P.S. I’m Not at BEA)My Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Thanks Aimee! Yeah, we are all real busy here too because of school <.< Sometimes it's just me posting then other times it's just Celine or Larissa hahaha.

  25. This is such a wonderful and informative post Mel! Thanks a lot for sharing:)
    I’ve never thought of getting a co blogger, because I am a bit worried whether I’ll feel okay with sharing my baby with someone, but now, I am flirting with the idea of getting one, because school is getting tougher and I really have a lack of free time. So this post really helped me a lot! Thanks again Mel!
    Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales recently posted…Gothic London streets, sizzling romance and gripping mystery || Firelight by Kristen CallihanMy Profile

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you Mishma! If you think you can share, it seems like a good idea to me! Lemme know if you do so I can help spread the word about it!

  26. Personally, I hate co-blogging for ME. Reading others’ blogs? HECK YES! But I don’t think I could operate with others, especially for a blog because in a way, it’s my baby. Now, if I were to start from the beginning with others, I think it would be a lot easier.
    Nova @ Out of Time recently posted…Book Review: Elena Vanishing – Elena and Clare B. DunkleMy Profile

  27. Lyn Kaye says:

    I was so happy that Kara asked me to co-blog with her years ago. I don’t think I could do it on my own. I don’t have enough time or creativity to do this one my own. I wish I could have picked the name of the blog, but I get an input into the blog, and it is GREAT!

    I don’t think I could ever blog on my own – that certainly isn’t for me.
    Lyn Kaye recently posted…Garden Gazette: May Wrap UpMy Profile

  28. Pingback: Weekly Recap #5: Just Your Regular Book Haul | Deadly Darlings

  29. I’ve been thinking of taking a co-blogger lately, a lot more lately than I have in the past, but I just don’t know if I can actually do it. I’d be so afraid that I’d end up hating my co-blogger.

    But… the idea of a co-reviewer or a guest poster feels a lot better to me. I was even thinking of looking for one of those. I know my sister said she’d start contributing reviews (but only like once every few months or so) but just having more content from other people would be great.

    Thanks for the great tips, as always. <3
    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover recently posted…ARC Review: DevotedMy Profile

  30. Lola says:

    I started out as a co-blogger before I started my own blog. i met my co-blogger through goodreads and when she got busy she asked for a few quest reviewers and then eventually asked me to join as a co-blogger. It was great to learn the ropes of blogging that way and indeed there is less blog posts each has to write and you can help each other. On the other hand it felt more like her blog and eventually that caused trouble and we decided that it was best if I staretd my own blog. I am still happy I did as I like havign my own place and havign total control over everythgin. I don’t think i coudl ever have a co-blogger join my blog as I am way to controlling for that. I certainly think it’s not for everyone, but it can be a wonderfull opportunity as well.
    I do think it’s important to write a detailed blog post when you are looking for a co-blogger and use all the social media to spread the word and maybe evens et soem requirements. It is important you fit well and can work together. Great post with great tips for those looking for a co-blogger!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #128My Profile

  31. I started off my blogging journey as a co-blogger which was a great experience to ‘find my feet’ in the blogging community and have a taste of it before going off on my own which I also love since I do have the freedom to run things exactly as I see fit. It’s a personal choice, and I say – whatever works for you!
    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book recently posted…Follower Appreciation Giveaway (AU)My Profile

  32. I love this, and totally agree with all of it. I love my co-blogger, but we were both a little scared at first. Since we both feel the same about our blog, just something fun we can do together to share our love of books, it just works. But I know it’s not for everyone. Great post, lovely! <3
    Lisa @ Lost in Literature recently posted…Let’s Chat: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann AguirreMy Profile

  33. What a fantastic post Mel! I know I was one of the ones who asked you that question, and I tried it out and realised it wasn’t for me. Now I have a co-reviewer and it works a lot better because I don’t have to relinquish control of my blog and it’s still my baby.
    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence recently posted…Chatterbox: A Book Hoarders MentalityMy Profile

  34. Pingback: Indulgence Insider #30 – Lifeline Bookfest & My Shelves | Happy Indulgence

  35. I think establishing clear rules and guidelines is important. I had a friend whose co-blogger left and took all of her reviews with her causing duplicate content.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Seveneves by Neal StephensonMy Profile

  36. I love this post! I tried co-blogging once but it didn’t really work out very well. For one, I’m very possessive of my blog haha, and two, my co-bloggers were very different from me. Maybe one day I’ll end up co-blogging if I find THE ONE haha, but for now, I think it’s just me.

    Great advice on finding co-bloggers though! I’ll have to use these tricks if I ever find myself a little short-handed on the blog.
    Preethi @ Time Turning Reads recently posted…Book & Gelato Pairings – 2015 YA EditionMy Profile

  37. Pingback: Midnight Blogging 101 (2): How Do You Get People To Read Your Blog? | YA Midnight Reads

  38. Catriona says:

    Thank you for this post! It’s really great.
    I’ve been interested in getting a co-blogger, but I could never find someone. I’ve had this idea recently instead, where we exchange posts once a month. It would be a way to promote each others blogs in our own circles, and it would add content that our followers don’t usually read.

    If anyone is interested in this, please contact me at: catriona.heyworth@gmail.com – I would love to hear someone else’s opinion!

  39. Pingback: Introducing the co-bloggers with chemistry | Books With Chemistry

  40. Pingback: Weekly Recap| May 24-30,2015 | Oh, the Books!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge