Making Friends With Other Bloggers: How to Network in the Community
If you’re reading this and are new to blogging, welcome! If you’re reading this and you’re looking for new blogging friends, feel free to jump into any of my inboxes on social media! One of the biggest assets to have as a new blogger is a supportive community that’s not only approachable, but is willing to take the time and answer your questions. That is why this post is here to talk about why making friends with other bloggers and network within the community is so important!
Why the Blogging Community is so Great!
I can only speak from personal experience, but so far my time with this particular community has been phenomenal and up-lifting. The blogging community is essentially a group of people sharing their personal experiences (this can range from raw, emotional experiences, to personal uplifting journeys), teaching others how to do something (how to blog, how to apply makeup, how to build a website), and so much more.
Bloggers put their personal and professional selves out there everyday, braving the possibility that people may not want to read their content, or don’t agree with what they have to say. But the most amazing part of that is that despite the scariness of not being accepted, they do it day after day. AND, because bloggers face the possibility of rejection, they are more often than not open and welcoming to other new bloggers who are nervous about the same thing!
What is the Importance of Networking?
Like any other brand, your blog is your brand! And unfortunately for brands, they cannot just sit in a dark corner of a basement and hope that someone stumbles down the stairs and into that corner! Networking is key to making friends, establishing connections and making yourself known within the community!
By networking and putting yourself out there, you open doors for many things. To name a few, guest posting on other blogs, collaborating with others on blog posts, running social media pages and groups as well as having someone to turn to when your stuck are some of the things you may want to try in your blogging career! And to do that, you need to network!
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Making Friends With Other Bloggers: How to Network in the Community
Below you’ll find tips and tricks for how I put myself out there into the blogging community and started making friends! Remember to be your authentic self, and you will attract like-minded people you will want to interact with!
Twitter is a serious asset to network with other bloggers! There are plenty of accounts that are dedicated to re-Tweeting and sharing blog posts! By commenting on blog threads, this is a great way to interact with other bloggers and read great content posted by them!
This is a great way to find out who is a part of the blog community, as well as get a chance to read other posts and self promote (find out how to self-promote your blog on Twitter here)! Twitter is also great for engaging with other people! Find other bloggers you want to follow and respond to their Tweets! Send out tweets yourself asking questions for other followers.
Bold tip: Tweet that you are new to the community and would love to make new friends! I have seen other bloggers do this and have tried this myself! It’s a great way to see who’s in the community and have someone new to chat with!
Engagement Pods and Facebook Groups
Without spending all your time on these, it can be an important stepping stone to reaching out to other bloggers. These groups are designed for bloggers to come together and share content, follow each other on social media, support each other and ask questions! It can be a great way to meet other bloggers in your niche, or make a new friend!
Engagement pods are groups within several social media platforms that are focused around getting likes and comments on new posts! This can work for blog posts, Pins or Instagram Posts. Pods can be a great way to increase engagement on your latest posts, and network with other bloggers! (Try not to spend too much time on these, it’s important to engage but it can become easy to get sucked into spending too much time on them!)
Do you have a group you created or a Pinterest Board that’s accepting followers? Let people know! Whenever I join a Pinterest follow thread I always let people know I am accepting contributors to my Pinterest Blogging Tribe Board! This is a great way to get other bloggers to join your groups and be able to share their tips and ideas!
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Reach Out to Other Bloggers!
You can always find other bloggers on social media platforms! The trick is to reach out and introduce yourself. Send out tweets, join blogging groups on Facebook, discover engagement pods! If you like someone’s content, tell them! If you want to connect with them, try sending them a message or an email! It can’t hurt to reach out and chat with other bloggers. Most bloggers appreciate comments and love to hear that their work has touched someone else!
Share the Love!
If you really liked a blog post, share it! There is no better way to appreciate other’s work and help another blogger out than by sharing their work. Remember, there is plenty of room in the blogging universe. Share the spotlight. There is no need for competition, each blogger brings something unique to the table. Sharing another’s work does not make your work any less valuable or noticed. You can check out my top 3 favourite blogs below if you want to share the love:
Interact With Others the Way You Want to Be Interacted With
When interacting with others in the community, it’s quality over quantity. If you leave genuine, engaging comments on other people’s blog posts, Instagram pictures and Tweets, they will be more compelled to leave comments of the same quality on yours!
Engaging with others is give and take, you can’t always expect comments and likes without being willing to give them. When you drop a post link in a thread, reciprocate. If you join an engagement pod, leave meaningful, well-thought out comments that pertain to the pictures posted. By truly engaging with others content, you will build relationships that will reciprocate your efforts.
Remember, engage with others the way you want to be engaged with. Like any friendship, blogging friendships are a two way street. Take the time to comment back on those who have been kind enough to comment on your work! Share the love and truly get out there to make relationships! I love talking to new bloggers and always love sharing ideas! Community over competition, always.
Theres no law saying you have to engage with others in the community, but it’s better to have people to talk to than be an island! Blogging is tough, and it’s even tougher when you’re first starting and feel lost. If you can find a few friends in this crazy-supportive community, then all the better! Cherish the relationships you make, and take the time to make meaningful ones. My social media inboxes are always open to new friends!
Did you find this helpful? Is there something that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
this post was so helpful…i am definitely going to try it out 😊✨
thank you! I’m so happy to hear that!
Thank you for this post! I’m going to try making a tweet about being new and wanting more friends / new blogs to read soon x !
You’re welcome! Honestly one of the best ways to interact with others!
Thanks for the encouraging post! 👍
You’re very welcome!
Great post. Very helpful!
Thank you for reading!
What a wonderful post. This will help new bloggers to be part of such a wonderful group of people.
Thank you! I’m hoping it will!
I met my best friend through blogging and it was the best thing that came out of my years of blogging. I even flew over to New Zealand to meet up with her after 2-3 years of skyping.
I definitely love Twitter much better than the Facebook groups. I find the FB groups is just a place for people to drop links whereas Twitter is a healthy mix of promoting posts and building conversations.
That’s so exciting to hear! I’ve met lots of wonderful people within the Blogging Community! Twitter is absolutely one of the best places to interact with others! I completely agree!
Great post, lovely! The blogging community it absolutely amazing!
Thank you! It definitely is!
Thank you for all the awesome tips! Definitely can’t wait to try some of these!
You’re welcome! I hope they work out!
The blogging community is so incredible! I agree that Twitter is an incredible opportunity to connect. While I talk to bloggers on a number of different platforms, I find that Twitter is the one that I use most often for blogger networking
Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca
It truly is! Twitter is the best place I find for interacting, it’s a unique platform that is essentially just a string of endless conversations!
Love this!! and it’s so true – I think people can benefit from this 100%
This is a lovely post for people just starting out! I can’t recommend twitter enough for the community, it’s amazing.
Love, Soph x
Thank you! I’m glad you agree!
This is so helpful. When I just launched my blog, I would only use Instagram to make blogger friends & get views for my blog. After reading one of your posts (about how you get a lot of traffic from Twitter), I began to use Twitter and I can’t stress enough how HELPFUL twitter has been to my blogging journey. The blogging community on Twitter is incredible.
Once again, thank you for sharing very helpful tips.
I’m so excited to hear this! YAY! Instagram can be great for networking but I find twitter is where it’s at! I’m so happy this helped you out!
This was so helpful. I’m a new blogger and new to Twitter so I definitely still don’t know what I’m doing, but I feel more encouraged now. Thanks.
Welcome to blogging and Twitter! It can be a little tricky to navigate at first but don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m always looking to help other bloggers and love talking to new bloggers as well!
Great advice, and I agree with it completely! The best way to get involved in the blogging community is to communicate with other bloggers. You can learn so much from those who have some experience!
I’m glad you agree! Yes that is absolutely true! Just dive in there and get talking!
Great post with lots of useful tips! I reeeeeally need to work out how to actually use Pinterest, I feel as if I’m missing out. I agree that the community can be so welcoming! I have to admit though that I left an instagram pod I was once in as for me, it felt really forced and inauthentic. Like, I could tell that those who were commenting weren’t really interested, you know? That was just my experience anyways! I’m 6 months into blogging now and still finding my feet so I’ll bookmark this post 🙂
I completely agree! Some platforms are tricky to engage with! Twitter is by far the best one so far I’ve found for actually talking to other bloggers! If you’d like to find out a little bit more about Pinterest, check out my latest on how to navigate and blow up your Pinterest site!
https://cynspo.com/2019/02/15/how-i-grew-my-pinterest-monthly-views-by-430k-in-just-one-month/(opens in a new tab)
Your blog is one of my favourites beautiful you always share much needed advice. Thanks for yet another beautiful and helpful post x
Awh thank you! This is so sweet! I’m so glad this was helpful for you! Thank you for taking the time to read!
Loving this post girlie! It’s so so important to communicate with and support other bloggers in our community! I remember starting out I was pretty intimidated but since I’ve started, I have nothing but good things to say when it comes to reaching out to other bloggers.
Great read girlie!
It truly is, you’re absolutely right! Reaching out is one of the best ways to make friends and learn new things! Thanks for reading!
You are so sweet!!! Thank you so much for the shoutout!! <3 I couldn't agree more with EVERYTHING that you said! Great post!
You’re welcome 💗💗 thank you for reading!!
Thank you for providing me advice. I am kind of new to blogging and I do not think I have got the hang of it. My blog is totally different to everyone else’s that I have seen. I will use your advice. Would you like to connect with me on blogger? I’m happy to do so 🙂
Absolutely! Making friends is key in the blogging community! I would! 💛
This is such a helpful post! The blogging community is definitely one of my favourite things about blogging. Everyone is so supportive and friendly!