Locum Blogging

    May 11, 2005

Thank you to the many well wishers who have emailed to wish us luck and congratulations with our new home. It has been a very busy few days of moving but we’re finally in and beginning to feel like we’re at home’.

We need to find more places for our things and do some work on the house (its a Victorian so has some work to be done) – but overall the main pieces have fitted into place nicely – including an ADSL broadband connection which conveniently was connected the morning after we moved in (after being told it could take 10 working days).

So I’m back and blogging and attempting to catch up on the backlog of the past few days of being offline. All my other blogs have caught up and tomorrow I’ll get back into some ProBlogging.

One thought though as I get ready to go out tonight to a meeting:

I’ve been pondering my last post on what to do when you go on holidays post and one of the thoughts that has come to mind is setting up a blog-locum’ service.

When I go to see my GP (doctor) and he’s away on holidays he gets a locum to stand in and see his patients for him.

I’m wondering if with the increase in ProBloggers if there will one day a need for a locum service for bloggers.

I’m envisaging a website where ProBloggers going away on holiday (or who are sick, on conferences etc) can go request a blogger for a certain length of time, at a certain posting frequency and on a certain topic.

Bloggers then can pitch for the work – perhaps with their fee or an offer of bartering of services (ie I’ll post 10 post for you if you do the same for me – or I’ll post for you if you design a logo for me etc).

The other way to do it would to have more of a matching service where a centralized person matches bloggers needs and services.

Just an idea that I thought might be fun to kick around. I’m not sure that there is enough of us needing such a service yet to justify a business plan etc – but what do you think about it? Would you ever consider getting a locum for your blog? Would you consider being a locum blogger?

PS – if anyone runs with this please let me know. I don’t have heaps of time at the moment to throw at it but would be interested in a partnership!

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Darren Rowse is the founder of ProBlogger.net, a blog about the many ways of adding an income stream to blogs.

Darren owns and writes a variety of blogs including Digital Photography Blog and Camera Phone
. He is also a co-founder of the Breaking News Blog Collective.