I’ve decided to start a new series on my blog called Blogging 101 where I discuss various “How to’s” for bloggers. Now, I’m definitely no expert – but I think this would be a fun way to discuss my trials and tribulations getting to where I am now.
Today’s post: Connecting with Other Bloggers. For the first year I had my blog, my only connection to other bloggers was through the Her Campus Blogger Network. I didn’t even know that the College Prepster existed; I was a blogger who didn’t fully understand the blogworld around her! Slowly but surely I started discovering other bloggers – first Jessica and Hallie, then way more as I saw who they were connecting with.
Eventually, I uncovered more and more teen bloggers, and although I can’t say I have too many “blog” friends, I’ve definitely made connections with a bunch of people. Here are my tips…
Instagram / It’s like a supplement to your blog, so make it reflect you
For some, Instagram is like a second blog – I’ve even noticed that some people have thousands of Instagram followers, yet very little activity on their Twitter page. Regardless, this helps them foster relationships with other bloggers because people will be more apt to click on your blog if they like your Instagram feed! Definitely make an Instagram account if you don’t already have one.
Twitter / Join Twitter Chats like #ChicChat or #CoffeeDateChat
Twitter is extremely important, especially because of Twitter Chats. Never joined a Twitter Chat? Basically, it is a bunch of bloggers discussing topics (usually a question is initiated by the host, and other bloggers answer). Everyone tweets with a specific hashtag so others can keep track of who is participating. I’ve met a ton of other bloggers through chats like these. I recommend #ChicChat hosted by PopCosmo every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST. Also – tweet to other bloggers! Most will definitely respond and be happy to connect with a fellow blogger.
Link-Ups / Bloggers do Link-Ups all the time – try to join in
Tons of bloggers do Link-Ups – try to find one and do a post! Carrie, Laura, and I did a Link-Up in October and we definitely interacted with a bunch of people in the process of putting the whole thing together, which was extremely fun. Check out the final results here. When you add your link to the host blogger’s website, other people will be able to find you!
Collaborate / Ask another blogger to do a collaboration or guest post
Most bloggers are thrilled to participate in collaborations/guest posting. I for one am always up to it (see here, here, and here), so if you want to collaborate with me, shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve noticed tons of other options lately as the Holiday season rolls in, such as the one above from Scarlett at The Trendy Chick! I’ve collaborated with Scarlett twice, so I definitely recommend teaming up with her! Check out this post here for details on how to write a post for Scarlett.
Comment / Sometimes, the best way to form a connection is a genuine comment
I absolutely love reading a great comment! When people like my content, I get so excited! I respond to almost every comment I get on my blog, meaning that for me (and I presume for others), if you write something, I’ll definitely take note and click on the link to your blog. Even though other bloggers may not be able to respond to all their comments, they will probably still take note of what you said and maybe even check out your website. I for one sometimes get lazy and just tweet people instead of commenting on a post, but taking the time to visit a site and having something really authentic to say can go a long way.
Go to Events / If you can make it, some events can be swarmed with bloggers
If you can make it to any events, they can really be beneficial! This past summer I went to the Smart Girls Conference and really understood the scope of teen bloggers! There were so many of them present, which was great to see how blogging truly is a real hobby for so many people. There were plenty of opportunities to network, so definitely think about attending similar events if you can in the future! (See my posts on the Smart Girls Conference here, here, and here)
Join a Blogging Network / Try Her Campus Blogger Network or SGG Media Sisters!
Last, but not least, I would recommend joining a Blogger Network! This is one of the easiest ways to meet other bloggers. I am in the Her Campus Blogger Network, which unites tons of bloggers from all over the country. There is a Facebook group where bloggers can interact, weekly e-mail blasts highlighting different posts, and opportunities to connect with brands. Smart Girls Group is also launching a network called the Smart Girls Media Sisters. Click this link to go to the form that enables you to join a pre-launch list.
Let me know if you have any other tips!