Day 3 of Armchair Bea is blogging tips! This one is right up my alley as I love writing posts about blogging and have never been one to hoard my tips. I have learnt so much from other bloggers and am happy to pass that karma on. And I can’t wait to check out the other posts from today too as there is always something new to be discovered.
One thing I often see is that new bloggers are envious of more established bloggers who have made friends over the years. And I get this; it must be hard to feel like an outsider and to be wondering how to break through the fence.
So I thought I’d just share my experience and tips to help build up a meaningful network of supportive blogger friends.
– Don’t dismiss memes as boring filler content. Instead find one that you really enjoy and take part.
– However don’t rush around all the participating blogs, leaving half-assed comments. Instead visit fewer and leave meaningful comments when you find one whose content you enjoy.
– If you are new to leaving comments, know that we all felt awkward in the early days leaving them. It gets easier!
– Take the time to visit them back and see if they replied to your comment, that way you can build up a conversation and I know I love when someone replies to a reply on a comment.
– Build up a list of blogs that you enjoy reading and talk to them regularly.
– Follow them on social media. I know it’s starting to sound stalkerish but bear with me! I found that lots of times I followed book bloggers and then discovered we had other shared interests that we also chatted about on twitter, etc.
– I know it takes time to connect on social media but it’s a great investment of your time. And it’s fun to discover another side of the blogger or maybe eliminate those that you end up not liking so much!
– Don’t be impatient and don’t be fake. You won’t find ‘your people’ overnight but it will happen. As long as you stay genuine and aren’t just commenting for the sake of someone visiting you back, then you’d be surprised how quickly your network builds up.
– All my bestie blogger friends are ones I found in the early days through memes. And books are only one of the many subjects we chat about. These are ones I can talk to about issues that arise or blogging worries I might have and blogging without them in my corner would be a lot less fun.
Go forth and network! You can do it!
Talk to Trish : How did you find your blogger friends? Have you any advice to add?