I’m a “joiner.” You know, the one who was on the field hockey team, in Girl Scouts, on the Grad Committee, on the Board of the Caribbean Students Association, the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association, Committee Chair of my moms group and so on. I believe in teamwork and there being power in numbers. That’s why it’s no surprise that when I came up with idea for a blog back in 2006, I reached out to two friends to see if they wanted to embark on the journey with me.
Collaborating on Mamalaw turned out to be a great idea. The fact that there were three of us worked well for the brand and created a “package” of the three “Justices” that people really responded to. It also gave us personal and professional comfort to be working as a team. I recall writing this in 2009:
The beauty of our partnership is that there are three sets of shoulders to carry the load; three great minds that come up with all sorts of crazy ideas; three sets of eyes to go over everything; but most of all three good hearts that dream big. It’s the power of that partnership that fueled Blogalicious 2009 and that is fueling the great projects that are to come.
We started out blogging in the dark ages before WordPress had taken off and used Blogger as our publishing platform. Nowadays, accessing the tech and design resources to start a WordPress blog is much easier than it used to be, and the platform provides so many tools for a collaborative site. In taking a look at my collaborative blogging experience over the last 5 years, I came up with some pros and cons that might be helpful -
- Shared Responsibility (writing commitment, costs, admin tasks, etc.)
- Diversity in Writing (style, voice, perspectives)
- Multiple Minds = More Ideas (for posts, design, etc.)
- Potential for Disagreement (on pretty much anything)
- Distribution of Work May Be Unbalanced (one person may end up shouldering the bulk of the load)
- Need for an Operating Structure Can Become Complicated (who’s the final decision maker? will votes be taken?)
All in all, I would recommend exploring the idea of setting up a collaborative blog if it interests you. A lot of great things can come from a group effort, as long as you think through the important questions at the outset.
These sites offer some great advice: