Get Cozy with your Blogging Friends

Published by Lydia Richmond on

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.

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Facebook Groups

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

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.

Link Parties

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.

Huh?

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?

warm and cozy blog with friends

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


10 Comments

Karen @BakingInATornado · December 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

I agree, it’s all about the connections both to enhance the blogging experience and just to interact on a more personal level. I was just thinking about this recently as I had “met” someone looking for help in a group. I spent a lot of time and energy and helped her quite a bit including tweaking her blog in ways she couldn’t figure out and making her a few logo options. She was nice enough but never did anything to further the relationship, she never read my blog, liked my FB page, nothing. The relationship ended there. Sad.

Eilish · December 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Great post! I’m new to blogging and find it intimidating to comment and share stuff. But, I am trying and love the support from others!

Siddeeqah Shaikh · December 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for this post, Lydia. As a new blogger, I’ve come to realize the importance of having a blogging support system and Facebook groups are a great way to find that. It helps get your blog out into the blogosphere and it helps you grow as a writer. I love reading other blogs, not only because it keeps me motivated, but also because it allows me to learn from others so that I can continue to better my blog!

Maria · December 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

I love this and it’s so true! I’ve joined some great FB groups which have been quite useful and I’m happy to know that I am no alone in my anxieties. I hope to continue to build on these relationships as you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

Pam · December 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

I’ve met so many awesome people via blogging, and mostly I’ve met them by supporting their work. In the virtual world, what you do forothers is far more important than anything else.

Rabia Lieber (@MamaRabia) · December 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Sometimes I get lost in all the back and forth and revisits and thank yous, but in the end, my real tribe has stood by me and they keep coming back despite my lapses.

Kia DeCou · December 12, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and blogging ideas! Even though we have never met in person, I do feel a “warm” connection and it is making a big difference. I am new to blogging and it does sometimes feel lonely and and a bit scary. I look forward to learning even more and becoming more connected by following your tips.

Sarah Bell · December 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Absolutely love link parties!!! Great post – I share some similar things in my post today too 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

Sarah Bell
http://www.trendyandtidy.com

Melissa · December 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm

You always share such valuable and practical information. I have benefited from your knowledge and appreciate you sharing. The networking for social media is totally beneficial and you truly encourage that. Guess I need to try a “Twitter Chat”. 🙂

Kristin Novotny · December 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

Connections and community are so important. We’re all better together. These are great tips!

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