I received such a response to my post on needing helpers for Not School that I thought I should go ahead and express this need as well:
I’ve long envisioned this blog as fulfilling two purposes beyond being just a communications platform for announcements about the podcast: First, for every episode, I’d like to have several posts up in the subsequent days/weeks pointing people at relevant videos, articles, quotes of tricky passages from the text to consider and questions to encourage follow-up discussion (PEL’s Notes), etc. This can include synopses of works related to the one we covered, lectures on YouTube and iTunes U, etc.
Second, I’d like to have an eye on philosophy-related news to be able to post a link and synopsis to, e.g. articles on new books by major philosophy authors that come out, big events that we should all know about, etc. Regarding both of these tasks, I’ve found my time to be more limited than I’d like, and that goes double for the other podcasters.
I have in the past announced on the podcast a call for people to help us blog, but found that most of the takers to that author were people that just wanted to write original philosophy and expose it to the public, which is really not what this blog (or any “blog,” I think) is supposed to do. While I or one of the other podcasters may get away with some original flight of fancy from time to time, we can only do that because we’re trading on the familiarity of you the readers with our specific voices already, and a guest blogger is not going to have that advantage.
That said, I’m sure that there are lots of experienced philosophy folks with solid writing chops out there that are involved enough with this podcast that they might like writing, say, one short article per episode (on most episodes) presenting a secondary source (some of our past podcast guests like Daniel Horne and David Buchanan do this kind of thing for us very well), and/or keeping up with philosophy news and writing on that for us. If so, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you set up to write something whenever works for you. Note that we don’t just need hyperlinks sent to us (we get plenty of those); the issue is having time to actually look at the articles or videos linked to and write a couple-paragraph introduction (see OpenCulture.com for lots of good examples of this). For writers that establish themselves as polished and consistent, small amounts of money may change hands as the blog grows.