Unfortunately I have bit off more than I could chew with my latest attempt to improve JMTC by hiring writers. In the first week since I asked for writers to send me resumes, I have received over 70 well written posts all following my requirements. Just going through these has proven to be a monumental task, let alone categorizing and narrowing them down to the top 20. It didn't end there though, I created a newsletter to help new writers get set up and improve their writing. Next I set up a schedule and method for collecting the articles as well as paying the writers. Days later I looked back and realized that I hadn't even published an article yet and I was already exhausted. Just think about the effort required to manage 20 individual writers besides my own posts and other efforts here at JMTC. It was too much, just days into the thing I had to cancel the entire endeavor. If I hadn't, then I would have ended up eventually stopping my own writing for the blog and just turned into a manager for other bloggers.
Along with time constraints I'm also looking at monetary issues. To hire the writers and pay them the salary I was proposing would have required over $800 a month. On top of all my hosting and services costs this would not have made up for the supposed benefit of adding more content to the site. The time and money was just not worth the estimated benefit.
The whole point behind hiring writers in the first place was to provide more collaboration at JMTC. However, I've come to realize that letting you, the readers, do the majority of the collaboration is the way to grow this community. What you need is access to the right information, not more articles being shoved in front of your eyeballs. To aid you in processing the information and collaborating with each other I have included a new feature on the site called Recent Comments.
Recent Comments on JMTC
Now you can view the past 25 comments left on this site as well as go straight to the location of the comments themselves. Without this feature you would never know that someone had recently posted on something buried by 300 articles. Please make use of this to generate more discussions on the site and help those with questions on older posts.
I've also redesigned the way posts are displayed on the site in an effort to make comments more visible on the site.
Where I Plan to Go From Here
Website Redesign by @corrinajo
I'm wasting time trying to redesign the site by hand without any professional software like dreamweaver. I'm also not producing the high quality design which would reflect well on the information present here.
More High Quality Guest Posts
Instead of hiring writers to bring more variety to the site I should be accepting more high quality guest posts.
More Ways for YOU to Collaborate
The forums, social media and the new recent comments are awesome avenues for collaboration. I think allowing communication between readers is the best way to collaborate on JMTC.
Start Updating the Gold Guide for Cataclysm
For those of you who love my gold guide I really haven't shown it much love the past month or two. Time for that to change as I prepare to add updates for cataclysm. The new reader is finished but it doesn't have any cataclysm content yet.