A good many years ago I heard a talk by the head of the Shell Oil Company about the growth stages of businesses. He started off by describing the entrepreneurial company, and said that the growth of that form of business was limited by how much the founder of the company could get his arms around. While the entrepreneurial company model is great for a start-up, it is not sustainable over the long term. The entrepreneur who insists on micromanagement is doomed to limited success. That concept stuck with me because I worked for many years for just such a company and saw the limitations borne out in practice.
The Obama Conspiracy Theories blog is not a business in any sense of the term, but it is an enterprise, and it has been just one guy for four and half years. It is limited in what it can accomplish by how much personal time I’m willing to put into articles, and when I do other things (for example travel), the blog goes stale with no new material, the number of visitors drops off, and the discussion wanders off topic. So, I’m going to try to move beyond the original one-guy model for the blog and ask for volunteers, so as to make the blog better than just me, and to sustain it ongoing.
I am looking for two kinds of help in this evolutionary step:
- Person(s) to assist with the routine administrative tasks of the blog, principally in dealing with comments in moderation, rescuing legitimate comments from the spam filter, emptying the spam folder, and the identification and control of new troll threats.
- Person(s) to write articles to appear under the volunteer’s byline, to expand coverage of other conspiracies that I don’t follow (like “Obama caused the Oklahoma tornado and Texas explosion to punish them for not moving forward with ObamaCare”), and to offer other perspectives besides mine. I think the existing policies and editorial guidelines are the best idea of what I would want.
Folks interested in assisting with administration of the blog should send me a note on the Comment page. I am be interested in one-time article submissions, but I’m more looking for someone who would establish a body of work here. I would expect volunteers to have previously established a login to the blog with a strong password.
Light fuse. Run away.