Today I have Anne from Love the Here and Now taking over. Anne is my blogging tip go-to. She’s wonderfully informative and graciously helpful. Just take a look around her blogging page and prepare to learn! If I have an issue or a question, I turn to her site first. She’s also honest and open, particularly when sharing thoughts on anxiety (a must-read for parents or anyone going through a tough time). Luckily she’s sharing some of her knowledge with us today!
Here’s the thing you need to know about blogging. It’s not about you. Or let me rephrase that; it shouldn’t be about you. Blogging for me has turned into a relationship in an odd sort of way. As a new blogger you slowly dip your toes into the blogging world. Tentative at first and then you slowly gain a bit of confidence and wade out a bit further. You play it safe in the shallow end and at some point you just dive in. Completely. Where the tides truly turn is when you realize blogging isn’t about you. It’s about building others up as well. Creating relationships and friendships. Every time we hit publish on post we are putting ourselves out there; opening ourselves up to criticism, acceptance, support, and encouragement. It’s scary because in the land of the Internet you never know what can come from behind someone’s computer screen. You hope people are nice and positive but that may not always be the case. In order to combat that potential of negativity, try going the extra mile and spreading some positivity and encouragement. It’s easy to do and won’t take up any time at all. The added bonus? You create and foster relationships and your blogging experience is that much richer. Try any one of these 5 (or try all of them!) ways to encourage fellow bloggers and be prepared to make someone smile today.
5 Simple Ways to Encourage Fellow Bloggers
1. Comment // Respond to Their Call to Action
This may seem like a no brainer. Think of each post as a conversation starter. Many bloggers even go the extra mile by initiating the conversation further with a call to action (CTA). Use it! Respond to their CTA and give your thoughts and opinions. Can you relate to the post? How so? Do you have a different opinion? Share it! Did you learn something? Know of another way to do the same thing? Go ahead and share that as well! We all have something to learn and something to share….use the comments as a place to do just that.
Did you read a personal post from someone? That post may have taken every ounce of courage that blogger had to share it. Take a moment and comment on it. Let them know that you appreciate their courage and willingness to share a personal experience. Sometimes all it takes is one positive thought to make a blogger feel like it was worth it.
2. Email Newsletters
You pick and choose who you allow access to your inbox. Bloggers that have newsletters are putting in extra work and effort and oftentimes sharing content exclusively with their email subscribers. Take the time to reply to a newsletter. Share your thoughts on it. Newsletters are a great way to foster even better relationships between bloggers and their readers.
I have shared the merits of collaborating with other bloggers before. It’s mutually beneficial. I love when a blogger reaches out to me and asks if I would like to work together. It’s an instant boost to my day and makes me feel on top of the world. When you reach out to a blogger it shows that you value their work and their blog.
4. Be Observant
You know those blogs you tend to read daily? You know what they look like. Notice a change in their look? A new theme? I know that any change I make to my blog is thought about and scrutinized and doubted 100 times before it even goes live. When I do make changes I know that a kind word from a fellow blogger makes me feel so much better. So go ahead and reach out to that blogger and let them know you noticed!
Oftentimes we offer sponsorships on our blogs. Part of those are social media shout outs where we share our sponsors’ work. That’s a great way to get a blog noticed. What’s even better though? When someone shares your work just because it resonated with them. Did you read a post that taught you something or perfectly stated your thoughts on a topic? Share it! Sharing just because will truly make a difference to a blogger.
Here’s Where You Play a Role!
You can make it a tad bit easier for others to encourage you as well. Here are some things to keep in mind to make it easy for others to be encouraging.
- Use Share buttons after each post. With a click of their mouse your readers can share your posts on multiple social media platforms.
- Create pinnable images for each post.
- Respond to comments! Be sure that your comment system notifies readers of your response to their comment. It allows for the conversation to continue! It’s a pet peeve of mine when I comment and don’t get a response. I comment on multiple blogs a day and can’t always remember to go back and check to see if someone replied.
- If you’re on WordPress try the Click to Tweet plug in. You get to set exactly what message gets shared!
- Have a contact page and links to your social media platforms. It’s tough when you want to reach out to a blogger and can’t contact them.
- Create engaging content. Try adding some personal posts in as well to give your readers change to get to know you better.
- Remember, what goes around comes around. Want others to share your work and want to develop friendships? Try doing any of the five things above and you may notice that other’s will readily return the favor to you.
How do you like to encourage fellow bloggers? What has someone done to you that made you feel encouraged?