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June 23, 2005

Soliciting Guest Bloggers

I've decided to take off the month of July in order to get a little work done (which you should understand to mean I'm just a smidge behind on The Ghost Brigades, and given its relatively tight release schedule, I don't want to give the wonderful folks at Tor a major panic attack). Rather than shutter the Whatever, however, I thought I'd turn it over to some guest bloggers for the month.

So here's the deal: I'm looking for five guest bloggers to ran rampant around here for the month of July. My plan is to assign each guest blogger a certain day of the week (weekends off); they may post here on any day, but they would have to post on the agreed-upon day. That way I know there would be something here every day. They can write whatever they want (because that's what I do) but they have to keep the general standards I keep, i.e., I don't want this to suddenly become a den o' porn (sorry, guys).

The selection criteria: You have to write well. That's pretty much it. Having said that, it will help if you already have a blog/journal so I can see examples, and while I'm not opposed to letting someone I don't know fiddle around here, your chances are slightly better if I already sort of know who you are. I will try for a nice range of guests, but I suppose it depends on who applies. Also, of course, please don't hate me if I don't pick you. You know I love you.

What do you get out of it? Well, the Whatever typically clocks 8K to 10K visitors a day, which is fairly decent, so there's some good exposure there, particularly if you already have your own blog/journal -- perhaps some Whatever readers will follow you home. And as long as every entry of yours isn't "hey, look what I've written over here!" I'm perfectly happy to let you self-promote. Also, you have the benefit of some of the most excellent commenters around, as the Whatever regulars are a damn sharp group. And, oh, I don't know, maybe I'll get you all some nice gift or something. Or maybe an Amazon gift certificate. Or a pony.

How to apply: Send me an e-mail. Put "GUEST BLOGGER: [your name here]" in the subject header. Tell me why I should let you wreck the joint. If you have a blog/journal, include a link so I can see it. If you've got any other writing experience (books, articles, interpretive crayon stylings), let me know, too. If you want to send a writing sample, drop it in the e-mail itself, don't attach it. Attachments make me twitchy.

I'm out for the weekend but I'll make my selections by next Wednesday, so be ready to hop into action. And naturally, if you have any questions, drop them in the comment thread so I can answer them once in stead of over and over again in e-mail (which means you should also read the comment thread to see if your questions have already been asked by someone else, and answered by me). Thanks!

Posted by john at June 23, 2005 02:54 PM

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Penny | June 23, 2005 04:08 PM

Not interested in the job, but this guest blogger concept should make for some VERY interesting reading....just make sure they don't start posting cutesie hearts and John Tesh music!

Steve Eley | June 23, 2005 04:37 PM

...just make sure they don't start posting cutesie hearts and John Tesh music!

How about this, John: if you make me a guest blogger, I will post about the actual heart of John Tesh.

("His heart is situated slightly to the left of the middle of his thorax, underneath his sternum. It is enclosed by a sac known as the pericardium and is surrounded by Tesh's lungs....")

marrije | June 23, 2005 05:01 PM

Ask Justine Larbalestier! She's cute! She's funny! The Whatever needs more cricket!

Soni | June 23, 2005 05:10 PM

Will there be any downloading of software or other geeky things necessary to play?

Jim Winter | June 23, 2005 06:00 PM

I'd put in, but it'd be the same crap I post on my blog, so it's not like it'd be anything new.

Gabriele | June 23, 2005 06:05 PM

Doug Hoffman and his wife Karen. You might find a few tarantulas upon your return, but it'd be worth it. :)

Nance | June 23, 2005 06:25 PM

What does the position pay? You forgot that part.

Burns! | June 23, 2005 08:01 PM

I would've voted for Steve Eley. Then I re-read his comment and realized that he would post about John Tesh's heart. I was hoping he would post Tesh's heart. Kind of lost interest after that.

Douglas Hoffman | June 23, 2005 10:13 PM

Hah! I misread Eley's comment the same way. Then again, posting someone's actual heart would take guts.

(ducking to avoid the tomatoes)

John Needham | June 23, 2005 10:30 PM

This is an excellent question:

"Will there be any downloading of software or other geeky things necessary to play?"

So what's the answer? I work in software, and I've already applied. But if it involves downloading software.....yeesh.
I'm a "software professional" but unless it involves downloading software that runs on an IBM AS/400 or, more commonly i5/OS, I might be out of my league.....

John Scalzi | June 23, 2005 10:41 PM

There's no downloading of software required. It's all already set up on my server.

Lucy Kemnitzer | June 23, 2005 11:19 PM

Um, John? I'd apply but I can't find your email addres anywhere. But I know I've seen it, so it must be something wonky about me or my computer . . .

Lucy Kemnitzer | June 23, 2005 11:30 PM

Oops. Never mind, I just found it, in teeny teeny light grey type half way down the page among the other small type things.

RooK | June 24, 2005 01:56 AM

Out of artistic angst, I feel that I might have to gnaw off my third arm (the parallel mousing arm) because I won't be able to even apply for this gig. Damn this stupid "life" thing that will be consuming my July like a loud bucket of teeth-squeaking caramel corn in a quiet theatre.

Oh, the lost opportunity for glory, or at least infamy!

Still, priorities are priorities. And I'm more worried about getting to pay for the Ghost Brigades on time than some e-frolicking. Nose to that grindstone, or iGrindRoc as the case may be.

Steve Eley | June 24, 2005 12:20 PM

I would've voted for Steve Eley. Then I re-read his comment and realized that he would post about John Tesh's heart. I was hoping he would post Tesh's heart. Kind of lost interest after that.

You know, I thought about that first, but these days you have to be careful about perceived threats. With my luck, Tesh would be elected President and I'd have the Secret Service after me.

JamesG | June 24, 2005 03:32 PM

Haven't you heard? John Tesh and Michael Bolton are going to be running mates in '08. I know they have my vote! :)

peterp | June 27, 2005 08:49 AM

You should get Tycho from Penny Arcade. Could be fun...

John Scalzi | June 27, 2005 09:36 AM

On the average day, Tycho's little site pulls in 20 times the visitors my site does, so I don't see him asking to be a part of the magic here.

The Colossus | June 27, 2005 09:55 AM


I'm not applying to guest blog, as I think you and I have very different viewpoints. But I'm just writing to tell you how much I enjoyed Old Man's War and am looking forward to The Ghost Brigades. Anything that keeps you on schedule in getting it released is a good thing, and I think I'm not the only person who will say that we'll certainlyt tolerate a month of guest bloggers if it gives us The Ghost Brigades on schedule. Best of luck!

Canabis abuser | September 18, 2005 04:08 AM

Wow. The concept of guest blogger is interesting but problematic. I will never let another person write in my blogs. They're too much personal. (It's only a opinion)