If you enjoy helping other bloggers, building relationships with them, and deepening your own WordPress skills, why not apply for our new Community TA program?
Do you enjoy giving other bloggers feedback in the Community Pool? Do you like helping people in the support forums, and wish there were a space there for talking about blogging more generally? Do you find yourself drawn back to Blogging U. courses because you enjoy supporting others through the assignments? Apply to become a Community TA for Blogging U.!
What is a Community TA?
We often say that blogging is both an individual and communal experience — you’re publishing your own blog, but you’re part of a vast network of other bloggers. In Blogging U. courses, the community really comes to life: you help one another figure out the ropes, give feedback on writing and photos, talk blogging strategy and etiquette, and make new blogging friends who support you once the course is done.
We want to make this experience available to as many bloggers as we can and to support those of you who enjoy working with and helping other bloggers. Enter the Community TA (Teaching Assistant)! Here’s the low-down:
- First, tell us a bit about yourself by answering a few brief questions. There are no right or wrong answers — we just want to begin understanding your approach to blogging, and what excites you about it. We’ll choose two or three bloggers to get the ball rolling.
- Next, the newly-minted Community TAs will each get a mentor from among our Happiness Engineers, along with access to a private site where they can chat with each other and their mentors. The site will also provide recommended resources for responding to common questions, information about the tools your mentors find most helpful in their work, and our best guidance on how to best support other bloggers.
- Finally, each Community TA will assist in a Blogging 101 course, alongside our Happiness Engineers and Daily Post editors. You’ll answer questions, flag questions that need Happiness Engineer intervention, share helpful resources, and give other bloggers feedback on their work. Your mentor will be there for you all along the way, to share WordPress tips and tricks, help you find information, and coach you on things like tone or when to call in more help.
Along with the satisfaction of helping new bloggers find their “Ah-ha!” moments and all the personal connections you’ll make with other Blogging U. participants, you’ll develop a relationship with your mentor and deepen your own blogging and WordPress.com knowledge — making your own blogging stronger while you help others.
The only prerequisites are that (1) you love blogging and (2) you’ve taken Blogging 101 at some point in the past. (If you haven’t but are still interested in helping out, the next session starts on March 2!)
Ready to apply?
To indicate your interest, tell us a bit about yourself by responding to a few quick questions.
Write as much or as little as you’d like, and don’t worry about getting any answers “right” — we just want to learn more about you and your approach to blogging. A WordPress.com staff member will be in touch with each one of you.
This application is now closed — thanks so much for your interest! We’re reviewing all your submissions, and will be in touch with everyone who indicated interest.