Demystifying the Weddingbee Blogger Application Process…

One of the questions that are asked of me most frequently is, “How do you choose new bee bloggers?” Well, we like to think that they choose us. :) All applicants apply to become bees—we don’t recruit bloggers beyond occasional posts showing off our new and current generations of icons and a link to where and how you can apply. In an attempt to demystify the process, here’s how Weddingbee goes about reviewing all our blogger applications!

ALL applications and corresponding applicants’ blogs are read carefully by a 12 person committee made up of current and past bee bloggers. The committee is anonymous to the public, to keep the process fair.

  1. Potential bee bloggers submit their applications and they land in our inbox. Once we receive 5-10 applications (typically within a 2-4 week period), we gather all outstanding applications and send each one to all committee members to review. We also pass along an editable spreadsheet. This spreadsheet contains a column with committee members’ names in it where they can mark each blog with yes/no.
  2. Committee members all respond on the spreadsheet with a simple yes/no within a defined 24 hour period.
  3. After the 24 hour period, we will remove all blogs that have gotten across-the-board nos. If a blog receives even just ONE yes, it will remain up as a candidate up for discussion.
  4. From there, we open up discussion to the committee via a new shared document where we can contribute our thoughts on each applicant. All notes and reflections on each application are discussed carefully there. Members are free to keep or change their yes/no vote based on discussion there.
  5. Once discussion closes after an additional 24 hours, any applicant that receives 100% yeses from committee automatically become our newest blogger bees! Any applicant that receives more than 50% yeses from the committee are sent to ALL current and past bee bloggers for voting. All blogger bees are welcome to share their thoughts with me privately via email.
  6. Of the applications that are sent to ALL current/past bee bloggers, those that receive a strong yes vote (60% or more) from all the bees become blogger bees as well!

As a group of bloggers, we’ve all worked together over the past year to really make the process as meaningful and fair as possible. I want to send a special thank you to all the bees involved in the process…they’re a dedicated group of ladies, and it’s been so fun having a dynamic round table discussion with you all!

It’s such a pleasure to read every single potential application (trust me, we do!), and if you’re interested in becoming a bee, we hope that you’ll check out our application guidelines! Being a bee has been one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of being engaged for me…we hope you’ll join us! :)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Penguin

Location:
Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 7, 2008
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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 1:18 pm

    It is really interesting to see how the process has changed -for the better!- since I’ve joined the Bee!

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    Mrs. Aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:31 pm

    Wow. Thank you for posting this! Even as a blogger I did not know the inner workings of the application process. (to be fair I never asked)

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    knvprincess143 1036 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:32 pm

    Wow, this post helps me out so much. Thank you for sharing Pengy!!! Now I know what is going on behind the boards, deep with in the hive. And it clears up a lot of questions I had about the selection process.

    But it still didn’t put any ease to the waiting process. As many blogers have stated the waiting period is killer. My heart pounds everytime my email lights up with a new message. Maybe no news is good news :S

    Ugh, still waiting….

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    MissMcGee, Guest @ 1:33 pm

    I’ve been wondering, is there any way to get the name of, or link to, a Bee bloggers blog (ha!)? I’d love to read some of my favorite Bees blogs from before they started writing for Weddingbee.

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    Crabbabs 1030 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds like a fair process to me and I appreciate you giving us a peek behind the curtain.

    I have a quick question, if it is the second (or third) time a potential bee blogger submits an application, is that noted or is the application treated like it was a first-time submittal? Just curious.

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    PeacocksAndCandy 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:38 pm

    I have a question. I applied in September and never heard back yet I was told we would find out either way. Is there anyway to be SURE that my application was received besides the normal “auto generated” response?

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    Mrs. Penguin 3448 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:39 pm

    @MissMcGee: If you check out the list of Mrs Bees (http://www.weddingbee.com/mrs-bloggers/) most bloggers when they’re finished blogging for Weddingbee leave their personal blog links, where you can see their past posts :) You can also DM your favorite bees and ask for this info if you are so inclined!

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    Mrs. Penguin 3448 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:40 pm

    @PeacocksAndCandy: If you haven’t heard back within 5 weeks, please email me directly at cathy at weddingbee dot com … all applications are responded to within 5 weeks, so if you haven’t heard by now chances are it got lost somewhere :( email me personally and I’ll make sure it gets reviewed ASAP!

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    Mrs. Penguin 3448 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:42 pm

    @Crabbabs: Reapplications are noted, and treated as reapplications (not new applications)…bloggers who take the time to reapply are definitely looked upon highly :)

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    Mrs. Candy Apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:44 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Pengy – I know a lot of readers are curious about the process!

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    Rubies 887 posts, Busy bee @ 3:47 pm

    That is a fascinating process!

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    chipmunklove 450 posts, Helper bee @ 5:52 pm

    Thanks so much for the post, it definitely helps to clear up some of the process! :-)

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    tea 7307 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 6:25 pm

    I think this has been the first, in-depth explanation behind the bee selection process. Thanks for demystifying the process. I had no idea how involved it was.

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    Mrs. Teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 7:12 pm

    I love how robust this process is! Thanks for posting Pengy!

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    Mrs. Parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:33 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, Pengy! I think a lot of us are thankful to take a peek behind the curtain at how the application process works. :)

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    wedding dresses, Guest @ 12:27 am

    Thank you for answering this question “How do you choose new bee bloggers?” for us!

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    Faellie 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:35 pm

    This is very helpful and informative – thanks for laying out the process!

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    micahg 308 posts, Helper bee @ 9:51 am

    Thanks for posting this! It really is such a relief to know that the board cares about each individual application. I love that the process is so thorough and that sometimes Blogger Bees get to vote! Thanks again! :)

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    beignet 160 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:12 pm

    thank you for sharing this- it is such valuable info!

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    HummusGal 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:14 pm

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing all that goes into screening new bees… :) Looks like everyone gives applicants the proper TLC when deciding!

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