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BTB: Help Wanted

I need help.

For two and a half years I’ve been writing this blog, almost daily, in an effort to create the kind of Cowboys blog that I wanted to see, and the kind I hoped others wanted to read. It’s a labor of love - the financial compensation is minimal - but it’s still a labor. And I’m reaching the point where I need a little downtime. But I don’t want the blog itself to have any downtime, so I need help.

I’ve decided the time is now to add one, maybe two other voices to the front-page of the blog. There’s no other place I would want those voices to come from than our very own community. You guys are the candidate pool.

So here’s what I’m proposing, anybody who wants to become a co-blogger on this site at least through the offseason, all the way to kickoff in 2008, can put their name up for the job. Before you just jump at the chance you need to think about what I’m asking for.

One, you have to commit yourself to posting on a regular basis, maybe up to five times a week or so, for the entire offseason. It’s not as easy as you might think. Sure there will be times when you might not post for a while becasue of vacation, or family duties, or whatever, but for the most part you need to be consistent. If you have that kind of commitment, then you’re past one hurdle.

Next, you have to be able to post with a lot of care. Spelling, grammar, fact-checking, all of that stuff is required. Your writing also needs to be interesting and entertaining. You need to be able to string coherent thoughts together in a way that will hold people’s interest. In other words, you need to be a good writer.

Third, you need to be able to straddle the line between cheerleader and critical-thinker. This site is about the Cowboys, and most of us are die-hard fans who love the team, but you also need to be able to constructively criticize them. I’m not looking for a ‘homer’ or a ‘hater’. I’m looking for someone in the middle.

How will I decide who gets the job(s)? I’m not sure yet. I know most of you guys who participate a lot from your comments, so I have a little idea about everyone’s style. But in terms of writing full articles and such, and doing the research needed to write those articles, I’m not sure.

The first step I have figured out: If you’re interested in doing it, you can either say so in the comments below or send me an email. Once I figure out how many people want to do it, I’ll then figure out a way of deciding who will do it.

I know some people’s feelings might get hurt along the way, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. Who knows? Maybe no one is interested and I’ll end up having to do it all alone. But come on, you guys got to be a little sick and tired of only me posting on the front page. We need a little variety.

If you’re interested, let me know.