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One of the best parts of being a blogger is the blogging community.
If you’ve started your blog, then welcome! You’re already in the blogging community.
When I started, I never expected to connect with such a vibrant, talented and inspiring group of people online.
Networking and collaboration sound like business buzzwords but they mean more in the blogging community.
There’s a real and authentic connection that can be formed. And those connections start with the smallest actions, usually a retweet or a comment.
Last week I spoke at a blogging event for General Assembly and I’m speaking again tonight to another room of people who want to be full-time bloggers. My advice is that you need to get off your blog if you want it to grow into a full-time business.
Being part of the blogging community makes for a richer experience online. So many step-changes in my blogging career have come through the network of bloggers I’ve met.
Here are three simple tips on how to make the most of blogging and be part of the blogging community.
- Read widely, and read outside of your niche. Comment and share great content when you find it on other blogs.
- Send a blogger an email to say how much you enjoyed that post. Maybe it inspired you to write a follow up post so you can send them a link.
- Go to meet-ups and blogger events. The magic really happens when you take the relationship offline.
This third point really is the game-changer. Networking in person has had the biggest impact in growing my blog.
I remember my first blogging event. I was so nervous as I didn’t know anyone going (though I felt like I knew some people from their blogs). It was raining so I totally had an excuse not to go. But I pushed myself and walked through the door.
That one event was the start of some amazing professional connections and personal friendships. I even got my first speaking gig because I turned up.
There are some great online courses for bloggers (such as Secret Bloggers’ Business and Clever Cookie) but we felt this real life interaction was missing from e-courses.
Wherever you are in the world, look for local meetups. If you can’t find one, then I encourage you to start one yourself. You never know where those connections will take you.
Have you made friends through blogging that you now know in real life?
PS. Smaggle has some great tips on how to make friends online without feeling like a stalker.
PPS. Worried about going to a blog event? Here are 10 tips for networking with bloggers.
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