This past weekend, I attended my fourth blog conference, Thrive. My two blog-turned-real-life friends, Whitney and Bree put this conference together and it was, without a doubt, one of my favorite blogging events ever! I really had no idea what to expect, but I was completely blown away and refreshed by this conference. I also felt kind of special because I got to be a mentor and moderate a panel. Which means I was kind of official, although I promise I’m not.
The theme of this conference was that all bloggers can thrive together. This really resonated with me. Relationships and connections with other bloggers are so important to me. Community is huge. Having a tribe that gets me inspires me to keep pushing myself.
This got me to thinking about how I can take the idea behind Thrive and really be mindful of how I approach blogging success. As the norm, bloggers leave conferences with all of the ideas and empowerment to help themselves. Oftentimes I have thought, “Muahahaha! I can conquer the blogging world! Watch out, everyone!!!!”
While that is all great, I’ve felt compelled to look at my success from a different angle. You see, the blogging success pie is big enough for everyone to have a slice. You don’t have to be the best ever. We can all be the best. Let’s not be greedy about it. Let’s share. Let’s help each other reach our goals.
Which leads me to my next point.
I’ve compiled a list of 7 ways to support bloggers. It’s essential for your own personal growth in blogging. The more I support others, the more I celebrate for them and for myself. Try one or all of these 7 things. See how it not only helps someone else, but how it helps you.
1. Pin Content
This is very important. Pin content. Don’t just pin your own content. Pin the content from your favorite blogs! You can even set up a board just for this, if you want.
2. Comment and like facebook page updates
Facebook is an evil beast. We are all struggling for our followers to be reached by us on facebook. If you like or comment on your blogging buddies’ facebook fan page updates, you are helping them out tremendously by helping them reach more people. The more likes/comments on facebook posts, the more those posts reach. This is so easy to do, especially when scrolling through your facebook feed.
3. Utilize social media scheduling to share posts with your followers
Do you do your blog reading in the morning and see a plethora of great posts you want to share with your readers on twitter or facebook? Schedule them to go out on facebook and/or twitter throughout the day or week. I use buffer for twitter (and make sure to tag the blogger in my tweets) and I use the native scheduler in facebook. I’ve slacked a lot this week with this, but I can’t wait to fill up my schedule again.
4. Leave comments on blog posts
This seems like a no brainer, but commenting has become some sort of lost art lately. Back when I had far less readers and pageviews, I had more comments. More people are reading quickly on mobile devices, and comments are scarcer than before. People like to click a heart or a thumb to like something because that’s easy. If you take the time out to leave a comment, it means a lot to the blogger. Chances are they will also come back to your blog and comment! Responding to comments is always a good thing to do, too. I am so hot and cold with this, but I am trying to improve here! If your blog friend makes YouTube videos, you should comment on those, too!
5. Share others’ content on facebook and/or twitter
Constant self-promotion gets old to your readers and followers. You are actually doing a disservice to yourself if you are constantly self-promoting. The more often you share other’s content, the more fans you reach, especially on facebook. I am still playing around with this, but I know many bloggers have had success with this method.
6. Follow everywhere on social media
The more places you follow your favorite bloggers, the more you support. It also increases your chances of seeing when a new post up for you to read. Which increases your likelihood to share, which increases the likelihood of them sharing something of yours. If you feel so inclined, all of my social media accounts are linked up above my bio pic at the top of my sidebar. (wink, wink)
7. Subscribe to Blogs
Another no brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many of your readers who are not following you on Bloglovin’ or subscribed to your RSS feed. Many non-bloggers don’t speak these terms and rely on my facebook updates to know when a post is up, even though facebook sucks and doesn’t reach everyone. But if you’re a blogger and you know what Bloglovin’ and a feed is, subscribe already.
There are countless other ways to help support each other, and I would love to hear from you on what you like to do. I hope we can take the core values of Thrive to help us all thrive! Side note: big thanks to Meg Cady for taking the photos I’ve plastered all over this post. You rock, sister.
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