Everyone starts blogging for different reasons. Some start to be an influencer, some to make money, some to promote a service or a product, and some to update friends and family. I started (and continue) blogging for the community; I love meeting new people across the globe and getting a peek into what they do and how they think! Yes, you can always buy followers or sign up for services that use your account to like and follow other accounts, but I don’t personally understand the draw. Today, I’m going to be sharing my tips and advice on making blogging connections and widening your sphere!
I’m a big promoter of meaningful comments- on the whole, I only leave comments if I can actually add to the post or discussion happening. “Just stopping by” comments are lovely, too, but leaving comments that show that you are reading and engaging with someone’s post are a much better way to make a strong connection. As a blogger, I’m much more likely to go and look at someone else’s blog when their comment shows that they have actually thought about my post. I’m not suggesting that you write a novella in response to every blog post that you read, but something that shows you connected with the post will go a long way! (On the flipside: there are some bloggers that don’t respond to comments, for whatever reason. If someone is routinely ignoring your comments, I would move on after a point.)
Link Up On Social Media
For my regular life, Twitter is dead. None of my “real world” friends use Twitter. However, it is still very much alive for bloggers, and it is a fantastic way to connect! It’s fast and easy, and if you really want longer conversations, you can switch into DMs. However, you also might find people on Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat (if you are so inclined, I for some reason can’t get into Snapchat). Connecting with bloggers outside of their actual blog is a great way to cement a connection- it allows for a more open conversation (you aren’t limited to a specific topic), and it can move at whatever pace you want!
Join a Blogging Group
I’ve tried out a few different groups, and I’m currently in a group that I love! It’s not too big, not too small, everyone is incredibly thoughtful and kind, and I love reading everyone’s blogs. Different bloggers are going to look for different things in their blogging groups, so try out a few to see what works for you. I personally don’t love groups with thousands of people, I find that you get lost in the shuffle easily and it’s difficult to connect with people. However, some people love that when you have a popular post in a group like that, you have an audience of 20,000 to read and share. My biggest tip here: when you take part in a blogging group, commit! Don’t leave your links but not return the favour; you will probably be removed and you won’t do yourself any favours.
Dogs are always nice; be like dogs.
Being a Decent Person
Yes, I have to actually spell this out. I’ve dealt with a few bloggers who are only in it for themselves, and once you learn to spot them, it’s easy to keep your distance. There are a lot of bloggers who think they are the next College Prepster or Cupcakes and Cashmere. Realistically, most of us aren’t going to be, and in any case, being a jerk isn’t going to get you there. It took about the first 18 months of blogging for me to realise it, but it bears repeating- be a good person.
Dud-Ends for Me
Female Blogger Retweet Accounts– These are accounts that you tweet your blog posts at to have them retweeted. I know that a lot of people use the female blogger retweet methods on Twitter, but I found that it just flooded my feed with nine billion random blog retweets, and it’s hit and miss for driving traffic. I also hate seeing someone’s twitter profile full of tweets at retweet accounts- why bother spending your time with someone who only engages with someone who is only in it for self-promotion?
Weekend Coffee Share– Weekend Coffee Share is a link up post where you share what’s happening in your life. While I loved reading Weekend Coffee Share from the blogs that I was already reading, I didn’t find too many new blogs that way. It’s nice to have a “chat” with someone you are familiar with, less so with a blogger that you have never read. I’d be curious to know if anyone has made new connections solely through WCS!
Bloggers, how are you making connections in the blogging world? I would like to add more tips to this post, so please leave a comment if you have any advice!