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Have you added or considered adding additional reviewers to your blog? Why or why not? If you have, please share how you found the right match when bringing new people to your established blog. Did you encounter any problems?
Last year I put out a call for associate reviewers, and I was really lucky to find Ashley from the Bibliophile's Corner. At the time I was feeling quite stressed out by book blogging and was looking for someone to help me out occasionally with reviews without having a set commitment. I know a lot of people don't want to collaborate with someone that already has a blog, but it wasn't an issue for me.
It took a lot for me to admit that I needed help and I was really unsure about having an associate reviewer, but one thing that every reader has in common is a love of books and after a while I wondered why I was so worried - as well as relieving a bit of stress it's FUN.
Over time, what we have done together on my blog has evolved, and in the past few months we have focused more on dual reviews - we read the same book and write our individual reviews which are combined in one post. It's a fun way to see two opinions side by side, especially as sometimes we completely agree and other times we are at completely different ends of the scale.
When Ashley first contacted me and I checked out her blog, I knew we'd be a good match. Our tastes are somewhat similar but not exactly, so we have common ground but there's a lot of books Ashley reads that I haven't heard of before, or considered reading, and I'm sure it goes both ways. It was a pure gut feeling, and it's worked out perfectly.