When you first start blogging, it can really feel like an empty and lonely Internet world. Back when I first started, I was quite certain there were no other mom-bloggers out there (ha!), and I was a bit lost about how to connect with others. As I began to dig a little deeper and look around, I quite literally stumbled upon blogging communities and tribes that have taught me so much about my own writing and my own purpose with my site. It’s important when you begin blogging to find a tribe — a group of like-minded writers and bloggers — who can help to support you as you search for a wider audience. Let’s talk about how you can get cozy with your blogging friends.
Facebook groups are an easy and relatively painless way to find like-minded bloggers. My Blogging Genius group offers support Monday through Friday in our “Social Share” threads where we ask each other to offer a little love on a post or social media link.
What I’m finding as my group grows is that they are connecting with one another and building relationships outside of my group and outside of just that basic “social share” thread. (And this makes my mom-teacher-blogging-friend heart happy.)
Twitter chats are engaging and quick, but they can also be a way to find new contacts and tribes. Using a hashtag to stay in the conversation and to track the tweets that are relevant, you can easily participate in Twitter chat or party and then find folks who are already talking about similar topics.
You can create a list of these folks so that you can find them later and continue to reconnect on a regular basis.
Have you ever linked up with other bloggers to share about a particular theme or topic (like this post)? Link parties can be an easy way to find other bloggers, support their post, and then make friendships. It’s a great way to get Google juice and traffic. Plus, you never know who might become a new connection for you!
But the most important tip
Regardless of how you connect with different bloggers out in the great interwebs, you can’t really form a relationship unless you do one thing: form a relationship.
You’d be amazed at how many bloggers and social media enthusiasts don’t follow through on connections they’ve made. It’s worth it to retweet, thank, support and comment on your peer’s posts.
Leaving a comment and sharing someone’s blog post can make a world of difference, and it really only takes a few moments of your time.
Additionally, if you can find a way to spend a few minutes daily or weekly reading bloggers’ posts and leaving feedback or support, you’ll probably find not only that you’ll form a bond with that person, but you may even find inspiration for your own future posts.
I’m not perfect with any of these strategies, but I can say with confidence that the people with whom I have forged relationships and connections because of our blogs have become really good friends. The Internet may be wide, but the world is quite small when we all begin to see how much we truly have in common.
In what ways do you support fellow bloggers and social media enthusiasts?
See what my bloggy friends have to say about “warm and cozy.”
Sweet Potato Pecan Cake with Maple Glaze from Baking in a Tornado
Warm and Cozy Around the World from Think in English
A Very Merry Fruit Pizza from That One Birch
DIY Mermaid Blanket from The Lieber Family
Inexpensive Gifts for Anyone from My Heartfelt Sentiments
Cozy Traditions and Lights from Little Mama Jama