In February of this year I was sitting in my room at uni reading blogs when I saw Alise was looking for a coblogger. I was already running my own (very little) blog and decided to apply because why not? Turns out that was a very good decision. Apart from learning that there is a teenager all the way on the opposite side of the world that is almost the same person as me, I am now an expert in coblogging (because 6 months experience has made me incredibly wise) and I decided to talk a little about the pros and cons, while sort of comparing it to the differences of running my own blog. Only 3 of each because I am lazy and may or may not have left this last minute
I have someone to chat about books to!
Alise and I are on Skype a lot. A lot. Almost every free moment we are both awake in our respective timezones we are talking. Whether that be about reviews or scheduling questions, planning posts, fangirling over books, crying that the other person didn’t love our favourite book (*cough* CODE NAME VERITY *cough*) forcing the other to start a new anime/show, complaining about fish, or completing a dual chat review , it’s always fun. Always. Alise really is the best.
(Yeah, she made me say that. )
I only have to post 2 posts a week. One review and one something out. This isn’t really hard to do at all as long as I read when I can and actually write posts on time. I am also less responsible for things in a sense. No worrying about review requests or coming up with new ideas (I do help brain storm though) and all that jazz. I also don’t have to hassle other people who contribute to the blog because I am not in charge. It’s perfect for my laziness.
I don’t have to focus too much on networking! (Not that I do with my blog anyway…)
As much as I love reading other blog posts and what not, I suck at commenting and tweeting and everything involved about getting your blog name out there. I barely do anything for my own blog, which is probably half the reason it’s tiny but I am okay with that. Networking also scares me. All those strange people, judging what I say and do
I have to write 2 different reviews for every book I read
One review for Readers in Wonderland, one review for my blog. This is not so much as a problem as it is tedious. It takes me a fair while to do one, and then I remember I have to write another one.
I could just copy and past but that would be cheating. Plus the blogs have completely different review styles. And this isn’t so much of a problem because some reviews are fun to write. It’s just really tedious.
What is free time?
Between uni and blogging, free time is minimal. And in it I need study and reading and on Saturdays horse riding/work, then travel to places and jajfhkksaj. This is probably worse than it sounds but I really need to improve my time management skills. Anyway, moral of this point is: You know how much time it takes to run one blog? Multiple that by 2 (well, 1.5 really seeing as I only do half a job here) and add a vet science degree and you’ll get an estimation of my workload.
Worrying about making post quotas
Even though I don’t post that much on here, I stress about making posts on time. Like I said above, I have a lot going on. I only read about 1 book a week while I’m at uni. That’s just enough to write the review a week required of me. Just. I’m really lucky that Alise is understanding and considerate, but I still worry over it because it’s me and I don’t want to be a nuisance for her. I made a commitment to this blog and I must meet requirements.
And there we have it…
Some pros and cons. Are you a coblogger and can relate? Have you experienced any other pros/cons? Or are you in charge of a blog with cobloggers (I think I phrased that weirdly… ARE YOU LIKE WHAT ALISE IS??? is basically what I’m saying). What are some of your experiences with underlings (the cobloggers like me?) Let us know in the comments cause it’ll be interesting to read about your thoughts :)