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whereIstand.com is a group blog that integrates the subjective content of blogs with objective content. The site is still under development and subject to revisions. In order for us to work out the kinks and roll out new functionality, we need people to participate on the site. Anyone can register and create a blogger account on whereIstand – but we only expect people that are open-minded [and whom we compensate] to use the site during our development phase and tolerate the ongoing construction, hideous logo and colors, etc.
We are looking for people to write analytically on various issues in the news. We’re not telling you what to write or how to write it. We’re looking for you to have your own voice, but we need you to engage the others on the site as well. Our site covers a broad array of controversial topics. Not surprisingly, we’re focusing heavily on politics as we think our unique structure will be interesting and important when Americans rediscover politics (sigh) in the run-up to the midterm elections.
We are looking for people to work from 5 to 10 hours per week, but no more than 1 to 2 hours (maximum) per day. We ask that you maintain a presence on the site, which is why we don’t want you doing all of your time on a single day.
-Submit your resume copied in into the body of your email, or in a “txt” attachment. All that time you spent formatting it to fit on a single page (…two pages? We’re impressed.) means less to us than the viruses your Word document may contain.
-You must be well-informed on politics and current affairs. You should have somewhat thick skin as whereIstand is about engaging people with different opinions — and discussion, while mostly civilized, isn’t always pretty.
-College grads preferred, but school-of-life grads with good grammar and spelling are welcome.
-Because we’re not launched yet, we’re only supporting Firefox (preferred) on both PC and Mac, and Internet Explorer on PC. You need to be using one of these. (Download Firefox for free at firefox.com. Yes, it really is better than Safari.)
-Please submit a list of periodicals, Web sites, blogs, etc. that you read regularly. If you blog elsewhere already, please send us a link.
-Considering that this is a “little extra money on the side” contract job that you will be doing from home, please submit your desired hourly rate.
-We’re interested in having people engage each other which means we are looking for a diversity of opinions. Briefly answer the following questions (in the body of your response email, please), limiting your responses to a few sentences per question.
1. Do you mostly find yourself agreeing with the political left, center, or right?
2, Should the federal tax cuts that are scheduled to expire be made permanent?
3. Is Samuel Alito a good candidate for Supreme Court justice?
4. Do you believe the invasion of Iraq was justified?
5. How do you feel about the controversy regarding the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance?
-A few site links to give you an idea of what’s going on:
b. A sample “topic” and “issue” on whereIstand. Note that bloggers “take a stand” on the issue, in this example, “Yes”, “No”, or “No Position”.
c. Bloggers are ranked on the site based on many factors including activity, traffic, number of links to your entries, etc. (http://www.whereistand.com/Blogs/Ranking ) When you break into the top blogs for a topic (like categories on regular blogs, but with more structure), everyone that clicks that topic will see your entries. When you break into the top 10 blogs on the site, your entries show up on the main page, whereIstand.com.
If you found all of this entirely too confusing, you aren’t a good fit for the job.
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