I’ve started a lot of blogs, but for the first time ever I’m starting one with multiple authors. This is a new and exciting journey for me. I’ve worked with many different writers in the forms of guest posts, but this new blog is the first time I’ve set up author profiles and worked with people who will be posting their own work.
Putting on the New
My new blog is called Putting on the New. It’s about Christian living, or more specifically, about how we walk the walk and deal with the ups and downs of life.
We chose the name for our blog much the same as we do other things: we prayed about it and thought about it. Then one day a few words from Ephesians really stood out for me.
As I write this, I’m in the brand new phase of the blog. I’ve got it set up and a few posts written, and I’m prayerfully considering new authors. I want authors who will get into the vision for the blog and also offer their unique life lessons and perspective. I’ve got some information coming up this weekend about you can become a blogger there, so stay tuned.)
I’ve started lots of different blogs, but this one was the first that would have more authors than me. I used the Genesis Framework and then the Fabric Theme with that. It had a nice clean look that highlighted our posts well.
I think it’s important to use the right theme for your blog whenever you can. All my blogs have different themes. I choose them so readers can get the feel of the blog right away, even before they read a word. It’s not always easy. We’re limited sometimes with themes and technical abilities, but for this purpose I was glad for the Studio Press themes. I found them easy to work with and use.
Creating the Avatars
I needed avatars for all my authors, so I used the plugin Simple Local Avatars. I added the plugin, and in each author’s user profile an “avatar” section popped up. With this plugin, it was easy to add the author photos and set the “rating” of the photo. (Mine is G, by the way.)
I always recommend authors have a long bio and a short one. The short one goes at the end of the posts. With the Genesis Theme you can pop in a bio right in your user profile, and it even includes HTML, so you can include each author’s website at the end of each article. As we add more authors, this will be even more important.
Working With Different Skill Levels
I’ve been talking with a variety of writers about writing for the blog and they each have a different skill level, approach, and background. I like this. I think it makes for a more interesting blog and I view my job as the leveling influence that can help and encourage them.