Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Why get associate reviewers?
When I first started blogging I was only semi-aware of associate reviewers. Well, I was only semi-aware of pretty much everything to do with book blogging, to be fair. However, when I thought about it, I was thinking about myself as an associate reviewer. And that didn’t appeal to me at all, but I totally understood why someone would want to do it. Don’t worry about the technical stuff (which wasn’t easy and sometimes STILL trips me up), don’t worry about costs (which are only minimal, but still) and don’t worry about producing a lot of varied content – just do your regular reviews and get to be part of this great blog community.
Sounds like a win, right?
Well for me, it wouldn’t have been. I’ve loved learning the technical stuff. I love having a place that is mine. I love that I can produce whatever kind of content I want, like this chatty post. I couldn’t do this if I were an associate reviewer (I don’t think at least).
But now, here I am more than 6 months later (I know! When’d that happen? My blog is over 6 months old? Ok, mini freakout over) and I’m thinking about associate reviewers from the other end. And I have to admit, the concept is intriguing. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I definitely see the benefits.
The biggest benefit I see: More content with less work. I think this “less work” angle would depend on a lot of factors. Like how controlling you are. Do you let them log in an write/format their own posts or do you do it yourself? Do you monitor the content and writing or can you trust them? I guess that also has to do with how you select your reviewers. But being able to produce more reviews because they aren’t all coming from inside my head and from the time I have to read sounds like a definite plus.
A related benefit: A greater variety of reviews. I read a decent variety, but there’s some genres I have very limited interest in and others that I really want to read, but haven’t gotten around to because my other loves beat them out. So to have a reviewer that covered other genres could be pretty great. Although I wouldn’t want to be stuck in my genres just because I brought them on. I mean, if I get in the mood for a good historical, I want to read it. And I don’t want them pigeonholed either. No one wants to be forced to read just one genre.
I also think it could be potentially really fun to have someone to share this with. I love my blog and having someone to share it with at the level could be pretty great.
However, I also see a lot of potential problems. What if I had a post scheduled and they didn’t produce? What if I’m constantly having to edit their posts because they just don’t care as much as I do? (After all, this is my baby, not theirs!) And, as my little brother will tell you, I’m a bit of a control freak. I like things just so. Organized. Planned. And yes, I’ll admit it. My way.
Ultimately I think it could be super cool to have associate reviewers, but for me, right now at least, I don’t think it’s the way to go. Maybe if someone approached me and we really hit it off I would consider it. But I’d also worry that it could hurt a friendship by changing the nature of it, so even then I’d be hesitant.
What do you think?
Are you an associate reviewer?
Do you have associate reviewers?