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Community: The Key to Growing Your Blog’s Influence

Ahhhh, that post-conference invigoration. I just attended Thrive Blog Conference this past weekend, and I am feeling rejuvenated and inspired. I am ready to take on the blogging world and try as hard as I can to accomplish my goals!

If you’ve ever been to a blog conference, you know the feeling. Your head is spinning from all the people you met, the knowledge you gained, and the ideas that are now swirling around.

Blog conferences are good for the soul, no matter how seasoned you are.

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Now that I’ve had a couple of days to let all this stew, I wanted to talk about my most important takeaway.

Community.

Bottom line, it’s the key to growing your blog’s influence.

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The Key to Growing Your Blog's Influence

You can have hundreds of thousands of pageviews. You can have a large social media following. You can even be working with brands and making money.

Here’s the thing. You can only grow so much by yourself. And what’s the point if no one else is invested in you?

Once you approach the blogging game with a mind of community, you’ll grow as an influencer. Once you give back and invest in others, it returns two fold back to you. You won’t ever feel alone in this blogging world.

When I walked into the conference this past weekend, not only did I know so many of the women in the room (including with the speakers), I could confidently say that they are all a factor in where I am today. My friends. The people I look up to and respect. My mentors. They are my community. And the new folks I got to meet at Thrive this weekend are my community, too.

But really, what do I mean when I say “community”? How can we, as bloggers, grow it? Your community is the people who are invested in YOU and care about you – it is also the people you care about in return.

Our communities are key to helping the influence of our blogs. Luckily, there are tangible things that you can start doing now to grow! The great thing is these people can be anywhere in the world.

How can we grow our blogs through our community?

  • Reach out to other bloggers in your niche, even if it’s to say hi and admit your girl crush.
  • Find like minded people and love on them.
  • Get together and help each other with photos for upcoming blog posts.
  • Plan a collaboration day (or even weekend)! Use the time to help each other create killer content – whether it’s photos, brainstorming sessions, social media scheduling, etc.
  • Celebrate the successes of other bloggers.
  • Promote other bloggers’ content. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Share your brand contacts, especially with those who are a good fit.
  • Treat your readers like friends. Respond to comments and questions (I’m trying to get better at this!).
  • Make a small Facebook group. Use it as a place to learn and grow together.
  • Decide to write on a certain topic and link to each other’s blog posts.
  • Do a video collaboration – make one together or separate ones on the same topic.
  • Start an Instagram chat loop.
  • Do a Pinterest pin loop – commit to pinning X amount of pins from each other per day.

There’s so much more you can do, but here’s a starting point.

I’m so thankful for opportunities like Thrive to bring us together and remind us that there is room for us all to have success in our blogs. It leaves me feeling refreshed and empowered. Now, let’s take this blogging world by storm… together!

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen
    March 2, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Woo Hoo! I 100% agree and I am so glad that I went to the conference! Another Houston blogger and I are actually getting together this weekend to exactly what you suggested, we’re going to take some photos for each other for our upcoming posts. She wasn’t as the conference but I think I’ve convinced her to attend next year!

    Thanks for being as awesome in real life as you are on your blog! It was so great meeting you! 🙂

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      March 9, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Sorry for my super belated reply but it was SO great to meet you and chat with you!! I hope we can get together more often!

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    observantturtle
    March 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This is EXACTLY what Thrive is all about. We want influencers to come together and support each other. We are nothing without our community. THANK YOU for helping us spread our message!

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    Elle Talk (@Elle_Talk)
    March 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This is spot on, Meg! I love and fully agree with everything you said. You can not grow by yourself, and plus, these blogging girls keep me sane. Great read!

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    tiffanyatouchofgrace
    March 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Yes! Love this Meg! Community is the best thing to come out of blogging for me. Yes making money and writing and all that stuff is awesome, but the people I meet really are the best part.

  • Reply
    Meg
    March 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    “And what’s the point if no one else is invested in you?” PREACHHHHH IT GURRRRLLLL! Thanks for being a part of my community 🙂

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    Britt
    March 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Love this!! So true; it’s amazing how supportive this community is!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      March 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Yes, it is! I love our blogger community!! Thank you for your sweet comment!

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    Cristina
    March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Heck yes to community girl! So great to find my tribe at Thrive 🙂 It was also wonderful meeting you. Got LOADS of compliments on my gorgeous biz cards 🙂

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      March 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      SO great to meet you too, sweet girl! I am so happy your business cards were loved, especially by you!

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