Changes to our writing structure

Change happens. Often change is neither good or bad, it’s just different.

Technology Bloggers logo (2.0)Here comes some good change.

When I founded Technology Bloggers almost three years ago, the idea was meant to be a blog that was built by a community of people. We did have a good diverse mix of writers, however over time quality started to dip and many writers only wrote one post – which was not the aim. As you may have noticed, it is only really myself and Jonny who post now, as bringing new talent through takes such a long time.

One of the advantages I have now is that I understand blogging a lot better, and this has helped me to step back and look at the system we have to see if it is working. It isn’t. We are getting too many applications and it is becoming hard to keep up with them all. Also, many of the applications are not what we are looking for.

Changes

Today the whole writer landscape changes. We do away with the old system of contributors, authors, editors and admins and move to a new system of guest bloggers, authors and editors. The old Write For Us page has been updated to reflect the changes, and is now called Join Us. Head over there for details on each of the new roles and how to apply.

In brief, guest bloggers are those who write one-off, special posts for the blog. They are already well respected individuals in their field and will only be posting occasionally.

Authors post more frequently and are a more visible part of the community in the long-term. Editors are those who post very regularly and also have additional responsibilities.

Everyone who has recently applied to become a contributor will soon be sent an email informing them of our new structure and asking them to check out our new structure if they want to apply. All current authors and contributors will also be contacted to let them know what we are doing.

Our cluttered Our Writers page has gone, and it has been replaced with a new page to reflect the changes. Here you will be able to find out much more about who writes for us than you could before.

Jonny Hankins Profile

Jonny’s old profile (top) and his new profile (bottom) on our new Our Writers page.

I have more (exciting) changes planned for the very near future, however I would like to know your thoughts too.

Do you feel these new changes are fair and will take us in the direction we need to go? Do you have any more suggestions or comments on anything related to the blog?

Thank you for your time, over and out.

5 thoughts on “Changes to our writing structure

  1. guest blogging is no more working… :( Matt Cutt (head of google’s spam department) said that. I think because of that this year lots of website lost their rank and I am an unfortunate, one of them! By the by you have a very nice blog.

    • Hi, thanks for the comment.

      Matt Cutts didn’t say there is to be no more guest blogging, just that the old culture of guest blogging to grab a quick link had to stop. If you are looking to build up your experience as a blogger and get your face known (so to speak) then guest blogging on reputable, established sites is highly advisable – it is good for you and good for the site. Even though Matt Cutts didn’t say stop guest blogging, if he had it wouldn’t have become an Internet law! Google (his employer) play big role in the Internet, however they do not control or own it, they are just one voice among many. People blog for people, not for search engines – because even if they do, the aim of being high in search engines it to get more people!

      If you want more check out his article. To quote Mr Cutts “There are still many good reasons to do some guest blogging (exposure, branding, increased reach, community, etc.). Those reasons existed way before Google and they’ll continue into the future.

  2. Matt Cutts comments (and Google’s actions) are obviously about targeting spam rather than attacking guest blogging. Unfortunately, when these announcements are made people will have an immediate knee jerk reaction.

    Hopefully there will always be a place for intelligent guest blogging.

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