Blogging can seem like a lonely endeavor when you’re just starting out. It often feels like you’re putting your important words, thoughts, feelings and knowledge out into a void for no one to see. Building an audience and ranking highly within the search engines takes time, and you may wonder if you’ll ever gain traction. One strategy that can not only help you to gain readers, but also provide you with a host of other benefits, is getting to know other bloggers. Keep reading to discover just some of the reasons why networking with fellow bloggers makes sense and can help you to grow both as a blogger and as an individual.
Source of Support
Above all else, making friends with other bloggers can provide the support system you need to keep going on the days when you feel like giving up. Who else will understand your frustration when a nearly completed post mysteriously disappears because you forgot to save and refresh your work? Your blogging pals also feel your pain through personal setbacks, and they can be some of your greatest cheerleaders when you accomplish something significant.
Referrals and Problem Solving
Even long-time bloggers run into technical glitches or other issues they simply don’t know how to fix on their own. That’s where having a trusted network can really count in a pinch. When you take the time to get to know other bloggers, it’s much easier to reach out with questions or to ask for help. These folks will know you and be happy to provide assistance to a fellow mommy blogger in need. Likewise, should you need the professional service of a graphic designer or webmaster; it’s probably a safe bet that someone in your network can provide a competent referral.
One thing bloggers may love more than an addition to their comment sections or praise for a post through social media is when folks share their blog posts. Social sharing is a catalyst that can gain you tons of readers if something resonates with a lot of people. By building a network of other bloggers, you’ll be more likely to have people willing to share your content because they know how beneficial this step can be. You can even set up a formal sharing group among friends or join one already set up in a larger blog community. When everyone does their part by sharing a post or two, all members benefit.
As with making friends in other capacities, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll make a new blog buddy or two that you really seem to get along with. When you just seem to click, you may find it natural to want to share ideas. These ideas can sometimes grow into a full-fledged project or business opportunity that might just change your life. There are plenty of stories of bloggers creating business ventures together, becoming co-authors on a book, developing a new blog entirely or working together on a fun blog series. Such projects can be professionally fulfilling, taking you further than you might have ever considered. Plus, things are usually just more fun when done with friends.
There are tons of other reasons why it makes sense to network with fellow bloggers. Hopefully, you now have enough suggestions to begin moving toward taking steps to find your very own blogging tribe. And if you're looking for fellow bloggers to connect with, check out the FREE FamilyPreneur Community!
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