For years I’ve been talking about having a shared blog and getting more bloggers on board this place. It just looks like fun and a great way to offer some variety to my readers, but I never took the time to put the project together. I did have a few collaborators, but nothing really laid out for interested parties.
A while ago, a post from Ayano on Kawaii Paper Pandas (read it here) had finally given me the kick in the butt I need.
See I always thought of it more as something fun for me, but I never really thought that it could be a way for other bloggers to promote their work and maybe find some different readers. I have always loved sharing blogs with you guys. It’s been one of my staples ever since I started this place and I try to do it as often as I can. So, I’m obviously going to pounce on a chance to do give bloggers another platform. I will still do discovery posts when I find new blogs though, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
So, what is this little project? Well much like Ayano and Nesha before it’s simply opening up my blog to other writers that may want to contribute. The only difference though is that I’m not as well organized…also I relate to commitment issues…
Basically, you don’t need to be a regular contributor or sign up for multiple posts. No string attached. You most certainly can if you want to, but you don’t have to. Maybe you just have one piece you would like to publish but you don’t think it fits in with your own blog or something. Or maybe you want to just try it out. Here are the very loose guidelines.
If you want to post on this blog, you can go about it in a few ways:
1) You can either send me the piece (through email or google docs and let me know on Twitter) and I’ll take care of everything else. (I.e. formatting, images and scheduling). I will never change any of your words without permission though. You can include a bio and/or shout out for your own blog if you want.
If you have a preference for the publication schedule, I would appreciate getting that info in advance just so I can coordinate properly.
2) You can let me know your interest and I can give you contributor rights so that you’ll be able to format your post on your own.
3) If you have a series of posts or a column and you would like to be a more regular presence, we can work out author or editor rights.
You can write about anything you want, almost. I have an anime blog, so my audience is mostly interested in that, but I don’t mind posts on any other topic. Moreover, I am opened to publishing posts on my blog that I do not agree with, but I might write response posts to outline my own opinion occasionally.
However, it’s important to me that my readers do not feel attacked by these posts, so I do reserve the right to not publish more aggressive or hateful posts. They wouldn’t fit all that well with the fluffy stuff I publish anyways. Also, whenever possible, if you use fanart please try to credit the original artist. I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to track down but if you can, please link back to them. There are so many wonderful artists out there and they deserve all the encouragement we can give them.
Otherwise, though, I have no strict format specification, no minimum or maximum word count and no engagement requirements.
I don’t know if anyone would be interested in this type of thing but it just always sounded like so much fun and it can be a way for new bloggers to experiment with posting on a different blog.
If you are interested, or if you’re interested in a collaboration or just want to chat, you can find me through my contact page or on Twitter: @Irina_The_Great
I’ll add this post as a link in the menu for future information.