This guest post is by Mr. Broke Professional: the husband in the husband/wife team behind Brokeprofessionals.com
“I think you need to rewrite that last paragraph,” she said. “And this time, maybe try to be just a little more concise.”
She said it gently. Yet the words stung. She could tell I was a little hurt, so she tried to smooth it over.
“I really like this blog post. I think it is going to be well received by our readers.” I patiently waited for the “but.” And after a moment or two it came.
“But … the only thing is (and please don’t be upset) maybe you should also work a little more on the title before hitting the Publish button.”
This was a new criticism and I did not expect it. Again it hurt. I do not particularly like being edited, by anyone. “Anything else?” I asked with more than a hint of sarcasm.
“Yeah, when you’re done with that can you help me set the table? Dinner is almost ready.”
So goes life when you blog as a husband/wife team.
Note that I’ll use the term “spouse” in this post, but this word is being used to mean any type of relationship.
Advantages of blogging as a husband/wife team
There’s a lot to be said for blogging in partnership with your spouse.
The one resource all bloggers can agree they need more of is time. Unfortunately it’s also the most finite of resources. Partnering up with at least one other co-blogger is great because you can, in theory, accomplish twice the amount of work. For example, while one of you is working on the creative portion of your blog, your co-blogger can work on blog promotion.
When you co-blog with your spouse, as I do, it’s even easier to communicate. You’re probably always together anyway, so even dinner can become an impromptu brainstorming session.
Not feeling guilty about the blogging “time suck”
Another advantage of co-blogging with your spouse is that it’s a great way to spend a lot of time on your blogging hobby without feeling like you are alienating your family. I feared in the beginning that my wife would start to resent my blog, but instead I turned her into a blogging co-conspirator.
Honest feedback and criticism
My wife and I can be (sometimes brutally) honest with our criticisms with one another because we have been together for years.