The person who said “Blogging ain’t an easy job” is not an abnormal idiot but an avid thinker. Blogging is tough, and group blogging gets tougher. I am not speaking about the concept of guest blogging but of the moderators themselves. I know several blogs, including my own, that have multiple moderators who review, edit and publish posts.
When two people have near equal powers, problems are.. well, they happen often. But it is about how you handle them. Read on to learn more…
Dramatic Consequences of having multiple Moderators
1. Mutual Suspicion: “Is my fellow editor drawing a plan to oust me?” This question may rise up in the minds of admins or editors if their counterpart seems to just be better than themselves.
2. Inferiority/Superiority: Forgetting that they are the moderators themselves, they wait for the suggestions and views of their co-editor in performing certain actions. This, in turn, leads to the next consequence, a superior feeling (feeling what)? by an editor. When one person feels inferior, the next one should feel superior, naturally, and it does happen. Say an editor, after lots of hesitancy, trashes a post and the superior asks “Did I tell you to trash that post? Why did you do that?” How would you take it? Wouldn’t you feel like being stuffed with half a kilogram of red chilli on your mouth?
3. Mutual Mistrust: “What if the editor, Mr. XXX, deletes the post I have written?”
Would an editor do it? No, is the straight answer. Even if he does, a qualified editor would be wise in making decisions. He does everything with a reason.
4. Criticism: Don’t Criticize your fellow editor. Just think about how you’d feel when he does the same to you? You’d stop criticizing then, automatically!
Remember: Nobody’s perfect – Neither you, nor him!
5. Tiny, Really Tiny, Misunderstandings: I have scheduled a post for the next evening, and I have a plan to edit it further. But mister fellow editor is too haste and he publishes the post. I receive comments saying “you left that point”, “you must have covered on that”, “your insights were incomplete,”etc.
How do you overcome these issues? I’d suggest that the moderators not touch the posts by other moderators until and unless advised by the author himself to edit/publish the post.
- Let him do whatever he wants, and you do whatever you want. Criticize, but do it right – be polite.
- TRUST. HAVE FAITH.
- If someone feels inferior, make him feel superior, and cheer him up. If someone acts superior, be smart – Teach him fine lessons.
- Don’t think he will betray you. After all, what you think is what will happen!
Have you faced any of the problems listed above or anything else which is not mentioned here? Feel free to have your say in the comments section. 🙂