The blogosphere is a BIG place. Recent statistics estimate there are about 152 million blogs on the internet. That’s a whole lot of people sitting behind their computers and many of them are looking for people to connect with. Some might find the idea of putting themselves out there in the online forum a little scary, but it’s worth it if you are able to connect with like-minded individuals within your industry.
Blogging friends can be made in a variety of ways, from joining online blogging groups, engaging on social media or by meeting at local events or conferences. Below are seven tips to help you connect with other bloggers and build strong and lasting relationships.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLOGS AND VISIT THEM OFTEN
In order to connect with other bloggers, you need to check out their blogs. Hop on their website and read their bio. Get to know them and what they share and if you genuinely enjoy their content, subscribe, either by signing up for their email newsletter or adding them on Bloglovin. Go a step further and follow them on your favorite social media platforms. Bloggers pay attention to who their “frequent flyers” are and will likely check out your profiles and follow you back.
READ BLOG POSTS AND LEAVE GENUINE COMMENTS
Building relationships takes some effort and one of the best ways to do that is to read other bloggers’ posts. We are all busy people and it means a lot to a blogger when you take the time to stop by and read what they share. Pay attention to what they have to say and respond by leaving a thoughtful comment. One thing to remember is that bloggers can’t stand generic comments, so don’t just say “great post!” or “love it!”, but instead, reference something that stood out to you in the blog post or share a story about a similar experience you had.
SHARE OTHER BLOGGERS’ CONTENT
If you read a blog post you think is awesome, share it with your friends and followers. It’s so easy to click one of those social share buttons within the post and distribute that content on your social platforms. You might want to include a little note in your post about why you think the article is great but always make sure you tag the blogger so they know you enjoyed it and so others can connect with them.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION
One of my most successful ways to build blogging friendships is by reaching out and starting a conversation. This might sound scary at first, but the easiest way to start is to find some common ground. Maybe you are both from the same area or went to the same college. Maybe you both enjoy the same shade of lipstick that you noticed in her recent post on Instagram. Maybe you just want to say hello. Whatever it is, shoot them an email or a message on social media and introduce yourself.
One thing I love to do when I get a new follow from a blogger on social media is to take a look at their account and send them a message and share a genuine compliment about something that stood out to me. Not only does this brighten their day, but they are likely to respond back. That’s how conversations are started!
IN YOUR FACEBOOK BLOGGING GROUPS, GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE
Most bloggers are members of at least a few Facebook groups geared toward education, connection and blog growth. These can be such great resources if used correctly. They are great places to go when you need help fixing a technical issue on your blog or writing a response to a collaboration inquiry from a brand, but it’s important to remember these groups are a two-way street. Rather than visiting your groups only when you need something, stop by and offer some of your own expertise.
Sharing the wisdom you’ve gained on your own blogging journey is a great way to connect with other bloggers, especially newer bloggers, who are always looking for a “big sibling” to learn the ropes from. Some of my best blogging friends have been made in these types of discussions. After all, we are all on the same journey and it’s important for us to help each other along the way!
BE AUTHENTIC ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Just as I mentioned above when talking about leaving genuine comments on blog posts, the same is true on social media. The generic two-word comments or emojis will often get overlooked, but a real comment will stand out and get a response. Also, and this one might not be very popular, but don’t play the follow/unfollow game with other bloggers. We all want to grow our numbers, but “tricking” another blogger into following you and then jumping ship on them is not a way to win any friends.Another important tip is to never, ever bad-mouth another blogger. Yes, we all run into people we just cannot click with, but voicing your dislike publicly will earn you bad blogging karma. Not only will others see you as catty, but word will likely get around to that person and the situation could become very awkward, especially if you frequent the same blogging circles. Do yourself a favor and keep your unfavorable opinions of other bloggers to yourself.
ORGANIZE A MEETUP
Now that you’ve connected and become online friends with other bloggers, you can take it one step further and meet up with them in person. If you are in the same area, set up a lunch date one weekend. Or maybe set a time to grab coffee together if you are both planning on going to a blogging conference. If you live on opposite sides of the country and travel is not an option, you can FaceTime or use Google chat to talk to each face to face without needing to buy a plane ticket.
I hope you are able to use some of these tips to build relationships with other bloggers. These ideas have worked for me and I know they can help you connect and cultivate strong and lasting friendships within your blogging circles.
Lecy is the writer, photographer and creative behind the lifestyle blog, A Simpler Grace. There, she shares about her love of Jesus, yoga, books, food, simple living and creativity. She lives in West Virginia, where she is a freelance writer. In her spare time, she loves curling up with a big mug of tea and a thick book, cooking for her large family and spending time with the love of her life.