10 Ways to Make the Most of the Blogging Community

Posted 03/02/2017 by Dani in Blogging, Networking, Social Media / 57 Comments

Without a doubt, one of the best things about being a blogger is the blogging community.

When I first started blogging I had no idea that the blogging community even existed. Sure, I knew that there were other bloggers out there. Millions of them in fact. But for some unknown reason, I just assumed that it would be a competitive environment.

The thing I love the most about the blogging community is that everyone understands. This might sound silly but bloggers understand what other bloggers are going through.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to explain to family and friends how exhausted I am from working full-time and trying to run a blog/biz on the side and been met by blank faces. Blogging is one of those things that you have to have experienced to understand.

Pretty much everyone I’ve met in the blogging community has been incredibly supportive. From simply spreading a little bit of love to helping other bloggers with their workload. I have met so many amazing people on my blogging journey so far.

To make the most of the blogging community, there’s a few little steps you can take. The most important of which is supporting other bloggers.

10 Tips for Making the Most of the Blogging Community

1. Chat

Make friends! Chat. Find out about your fellow bloggers! It doesn’t always have to be about blogging. Making a real connection with other people in the blogging community will help you out in the long run.

Chatting to other bloggers and showing your personality will help you stand out from others in the blogging community.

Once you’ve made real connections with people, they’re much more likely to be supportive of you because they know you!

One way to make initial connections with other bloggers in your niche is to join in on Twitter Chats.

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2. Follow

If you’ve read someone’s blog that you enjoyed, follow them. You’ll usually find links to their social media accounts somewhere on their blog. I like to follow people on all of their social media accounts (stalker alert!) so that I can keep up to date with their latest posts and news.

Lots of lovely bloggers will check out their new followers when they pop up in their notification. This opens up a doorway for them checking out your blog and they might well follow you back.

Don’t just follow for follows. It’s annoying. And really not what the blogging community is about.

3. Share

One other great thing you can do if you find a post that you love or found really interesting is to share it on your social media accounts. Sometimes it’s as simple as retweeting a tweet that they have shared. Other times you can just copy the link to their blog post and share it on your social media accounts.

As I’ve already mentioned, it doesn’t always have to be about blogging. If someone Tweets something that you find funny or interesting, even if it’s not linked to their blog, there’s no harm in showing some love and sharing.




4. Comment

Nothing makes me happier than getting a notification on WordPress to say that someone has commented on my blog. It’s amazing to know that not only has someone taken time out of their day to read my blog but that they have found it helpful.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that leaving comments on other people’s blogs is a fantastic way to support other people in the blogging community. Give them that lovely warm fuzzy feeling by letting them know they’re hard work is appreciated.

The most important thing to remember is that you are leaving comments for the benefit of that blogger, not to promote yourself. Whilst leaving your link in the comment is fine, don’t comment with things like “I’d love you to check out my blog”.

Read the blog post carefully and, if you find it useful or interesting, let the blogger know. Explain what it is that you enjoyed or took away from the post.

5. #FF

I’ve been really bad at #FF (or Follow Friday) recently but it’s a fantastic way of showing some love for your favourite bloggers.

It’s a great way of sharing a link to bloggers that you might not have retweeted much recently.

Not only is it a lovely way to show support, but it’s also a good way to potentially increase your own following too. Chances are, if you mention someone in your #FF, their followers will see it and check you out. Quite often, you’ll get mentioned in some #FFs too which will allow you to grow your network generally. Bonus

6. Ask Questions

Don’t limit what you post on social media to promoting your blog. If you’re struggling with an element of your blog or biz, take to social media to ask other bloggers for advice and opinions.

I find that Facebook groups are the best place to ask other bloggers for help. I’ve always had lots of super helpful and constructive responses.

Sometimes, people will send you a link to another blog post that explains the answer in depth. Another great way to widen your network and find new blogs.

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7. Answer Questions

Posting questions on social media only works because people answer you. So, where you can, help out other bloggers by answering their questions.

In answering bloggers’ questions you’re supporting their growth and development as a blogger. That’s what the blogging community is about, helping each other grow and overcome our challenges.

8. Guest Post

Guest posting is great for both your blog and the other blog involved. Whether you are accepting guest posts or writing for someone else’s blog, you’re using the community to raise your profile.

If you’re writing for someone else, you’re helping them out by providing them with quality content. You’ll also be tapping into their network as their readers will now have access to your links.

It works the other way round too. By accepting guest posts on your blog, you’re providing that blogger with access to your network. But you’ll also be reaching their network too through links and social media shares.

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9. Give Feedback/Ask for Feedback

I sort of covered this in the “Ask and Answer Questions” section. But in my mind, feedback is something slightly different as you’re inviting people to comment on your work. It’s a matter of opinion rather than fact.

I use Facebook groups and ask bloggers I know on Twitter (via DM) to review things for me a lot. Sometimes as a blogger you’ll create something that doesn’t seem right but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. Asking someone who has experience with blogging to look at it with a fresh set of eyes can work wonders!

So, if you’re trying something new or just need an honest opinion make use of your connections in the blogging community.

And, if someone asks you to review something on their behalf, be honest with your feedback. Nobody likes to hear that they’re got something wrong but, if you have something constructive to say that could improve their content, let them know. After all, you’d want someone to do the same for you.

10. Be Positive and Caring

No matter which way you decide to reach out to other bloggers and join the blogging community remember that bloggers are people too! Whether you’re just chatting or giving feedback on something, be positive and caring.

think about how much time and love you put into each and every post you create. That’s what all bloggers put into their work. Be gentle and supportive with your words.

So, there you have 10 ways to support other bloggers and to make the most of the blogging community yourself. If you’re looking for somewhere to get started, you can join the Flourishing Freelancer Blogging Community on Facebook here.




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57 responses to “10 Ways to Make the Most of the Blogging Community

  1. I love this post! It’s so informative! I agree, when you talk to someone about blogging that doesn’t blog they do look at you like you’ve turned into a bit of an alien, my parents for instance don’t get it in the slightest and see it as a waste of time… Sometimes it’s hard to hear that but I suppose you just need to remember they don’t actually understand it and should take things with a pinch of salt! xxx

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    • Thank you Harriet. I don’t think people realise that it’s a passion – some people spend hours on hobbies like running or painting – but for some reason they don’t see blogging as the same. And as for trying to explain that I make money from it…that’s a whole other battle!

  2. This post was so informative! I just started joint Facebook groups and trying to really connect with other bloggers online and I just say it is hard to make that first connection. You really need to continuously put yourself out there to get others to notice you and your sit.

    Thankfully, I’ve already started making some blogging friends that help me with promoting, sharing and commenting on my posts. And of course, I do the same back!

    Really great post! I enjoyed the whole thing 🙂

    • That’s great news Cath – it’s so nice when you get a little group of blogging friends together to help and support each other.

  3. This is so true! I love how we are all trying to help each other out! I am so appreciative of that coming into the blogging world. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a comment. I get all giddy! These points were great ones!

    • Comments are the best aren’t they! Especially when you can tell that someone has actually read your post and not just left a random comment 🙂

  4. Hi, I am new to the blogging scene and I am already noticing the Follow for Follows thing, it can be a fickle world! On the otherside it is lovely to have some followers religiously like my posts!

    • Hi Dora, yes, the follow for follows thing drives me insane. But it’s such a great feeling when you realise that people are actually reading your content and not just in it for themselves

  5. This is such an incredibly in depth and helpful post! It’s so important to spread the love because you’re absolutely right when you say we know what we’re going through. Blogging is so much more fun when you’re interacting and making friends with others in the community. x

    • Thanks Hilary. You’re so right when you say “spread the love”! Blogging could be really lonely for me if I didn’t connect with others in the community 🙂

  6. Pao's Fit World

    Loved this post, especially point No. 9. Giving and asking for feedback is key to building long-term relationships with your customers, audience, and fellow bloggers.

    • Thank you – I’ve learnt so much from other bloggers who have been kind enough to answer my questions on Twitter and Facebook. It’s really nice to be able to return the favour and share some of my wisdom too!

  7. Great post! Yes,yes! on needing people to understand. I took on blogging to try and help us out financially. I had no idea what I was getting into, especially how much time is involved! Friends and family look at me like I’m crazy if I say I was up until 4am to get a post done, or that I’m spending anywhere from 25-40 hrs a week on this. I know they’re thinking, “For the 2 500 word posts you published this week?” 🙂 I think only other bloggers can get that.

    • I totally get that – like when I go into work on a Monday morning and people ask what I did at the weekend and I say “worked on the blog”, they always ask what else I did! They don’t get that it takes up pretty much all of my time haha

  8. Ewa

    I am at the beginning of my blogging journey and I hope to find it all. I shared your post on tweeter, because it is very helpful.

    • Thank you Ewa, there’s lots to learn about blogging but there are so many people out there who will help and support each other along the way

    • Thank you Sara, I love Twitter chats but I’ve been really rubbish at joining in recently – I keep forgetting about them until about 10 minutes before they end!

  9. Such great tips and I honestly have to do better with engaging with other bloggers. I start, then I stop ( which is terrible) b/c I need to learn to prioritize it more.

  10. Brittany Marie, Financial Mindset Coach

    Awesome article and reminder! I’ve been working on becoming more active in the blogging community and these tips are awesome! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  11. Mia

    I’ve been blogging for years, but have only recently started seriously connect with the blogging community. Your post reaffirms why building real connections in the digital world is so important! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, will definitely share 🙂

  12. louandlea

    This is a very great and informative post! I knew some of these things already but the details and eyxactly how it works and how I am supposed to behave is very useful. And very well written, it made me really excited about the journey of me and my blog 🙂

  13. This is a great article, Pinning it! The importance of being part of the community you want to work with can’t be understated, and the blogging world is no different. I must admit, I also went into this thinking it will be competitive and tough, but the amount of support I’ve received is incredible! Keep up the great work ❤

  14. Hi there! I enjoyed your post and I’m glad that things have worked out for you. However, personally, I’m a little disappointed because I haven’t seen the “love” you’re talking about. I asked two questions in two facebook blogging communities and no one bothered to shed some light! Furthermore, I really don’t care to see comments that are not sincere (a follow for a follow). Seriously, this is such 5th grade stuff! That’s truly a wrong attitude that is beyond my understanding…

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so sorry that your experience with the community hasn’t been great so far!

      Totally agree with the follow for a follow situation, I don’t see how that is helpful to anyone. I want people to follow me because they enjoy what I write about and engaging with me, not just because they want me to follow them back and add to their numbers.

      Dani x

      Ps. I hope you don’t mind, I just sent you an email about the questions you had

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