Ask any blogger to share their tips for starting growing a blog. Chances are, one of the things you will hear is the word “community.” When I started my blog about 7 months ago, I had no idea that the blogging world was so huge. It took me awhile to realize that I needed to connect with and work with other bloggers in order to grow.
Once I figured that out, my blog took off! I read somewhere that more than half of your page views come from other bloggers. It’s so important to reach out to other bloggers, work together, and share each other’s content.
How did I build my community? I’m sharing a few of my tips that helped me find other bloggers, connect, and build relationships.
Tip #1: Join a blogging group on Facebook! I am a part of several different groups on Facebook. These groups have daily feeds where we share each other’s posts on social media. But more importantly, they are a place to share information, ask questions, and encourage each other.
Tip #2: Find some bloggers you love and visit their blogs on a regular basis. Leave meaningful comments and share any posts you love on social media. Most bloggers are good about responding to comments and often visit your blog when you comment.
Tip #4: Be real! Have a picture of yourself on your blog and as your profile picture on social media. Try to write the way you talk and just be yourself. It makes people feel like they know you, and makes it way easier to build relationship.
Tip #5: Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask other bloggers to help you with something or collaborate with you on a project. Working together is one of the best ways to grow. If I have an idea for a way to work with another blogger on something, I send them an email. Most of the time, they are more than willing to help!
What would a post about community be without hearing from some of my blogging friends? I asked them to share a few of their tips for building community. These ladies are fantastic, so be sure to check out their blogs.
Madison Wetherill from The Wetherills Say I Do
“Building community in the blog world can be really scary at first. I remember when I first started blogging and I was terrified of commenting on posts because I didn’t think I had anything of value to say. Now that I have been blogging for a while I know how truly cherished blog comments are and I really encourage people to step out of their comfort zone and comment on blogs. You really never know what kind of relationship you might build with someone who’s blog post you commented on!”
Anna Whitehead from The Beauty Section
“You hear it all the time… make sure you comment on other blogs, but it’s totally true. Comment on a handful of blogs a few times a week and chances are those bloggers are going to reciprocate and comment on yours too. Leave meaningful comments to show you actually read the whole post, those bloggers will start to see you truly enjoy their blog.
Building community can be hard work at first, but it is so important to have it because your friends and family that don’t blog have no idea the work and effort it takes to blog, so you need that extra support system filled with people that are doing the same thing as you with the same goals. We all need each other.”
Megan from The Walker Fireside Chats
“A sense of community is the best thing I have received from blogging. Meeting people of all different backgrounds from all over the world is an opportunity you don’t get in many places. In my experience, the Golden Rule of life and building a blogging community are the same: treat others as you would have them treat you. You can’t expect people to comment on your blog and read your posts if you won’t do the same for them. In the end, we all want our voices to be heard, so we need to give other bloggers that opportunity in order to have our words heard.”
What are your tips for building a blogging community? I hope you found something new to try today! Having such a great community of friends is what makes blogging so much fun for me. It takes some time and effort, but it is so worth it!