Friday, 13 January 2017

6 Easy Ways To Support Other Bloggers

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The number one, hands down best thing about blogging is the community. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to of formed the friendships that I have today or had the privilege of talking to some of the amazing and talented bloggers that I speak to every day. 

The best thing I love about the b
logging community is how supportive everyone is. I would be hard pushed to scroll down my Twitter feed for more than a couple of seconds without seeing a blogger supporting another blogger. No matter how busy I am that day, I always try and fit in some time to support other bloggers. 

I absolutely love this community and wouldn't change it for the world! However, if you are new to the blogging community or are just looking for some new ways to support fellow bloggers- I hope this post helps you out! ( Eeek!! I just want to give you all a big squeeze and a hug- I love you all too much)


1. Leave meaningful comments on their blog posts

One of the simplest ways you can show support to another blogger is through leaving comments on their blog posts. I don't know about you guys but I really appreciate every comment I get on my posts. It means a lot to me that someone has taken the time out of their day to tell me how much they have enjoyed my blog post. I am so thankful for every comment I receive. I personally find them so supportive and reassuring. They make blogging less lonely and really cheer me up when I am having a bad day. 

However, in order to support other bloggers you want to make sure you have actually read the post and you leave a relevant comment. Don't bother putting 'great post want to check out mine?' Because no one cares about those comments. They are definitely not supportive and are not going to make any blogger want to follow you. If you leave these kinds of comments you need to get your life priorities sorted out!!


2. Share and retweet their blog post links 

This is something that I try and do every day. When I see posts on my feed that I like the look of or have read and enjoyed- I retweet them and share them with my followers. If I have read the post and enjoyed it, I might quote their tweet telling them how much I have enjoyed it. This will literally only take you 20 seconds but it could really brighten another bloggers day. Not only are you supporting them by sharing their blog with a wider audience to help boost their blog traffic you are offering them reassurance and feedback.

We all go through periods of feeling like no one is reading our blog, that our stats are not going anywhere. This can be pretty shit! However, by simply supporting a blogger by sharing their post and telling them how much you love it, can help boost their morale so they carry on growing their blog and enjoying it! Sharing talent is so important. There are so many brilliant young bloggers out there that I want to share with everyone because they deserve a lot for all the hard work they put into their blogs!

3. Join in with #FF (follow Friday)
Every Friday lots of bloggers share their favourite bloggers using #FF which stands for follow Friday. Basically, the idea of this is you give some of your favourite bloggers a little shout out and hopefully other people will check them out and maybe follow them too! It's a great way of spreading the love and supporting other bloggers! 

Blogging can be a lonely place sometimes especially if you don't have a large following or attend many meet ups etc. But being mentioned in another bloggers #FF is a little reminder that people do read your blog and people do care about you! Where possible I join in every week sometimes doing individual #FF for bloggers or group tweets for lots! Either way, it's a great way to support other bloggers out there but of course, you don't have to share your favourite blogs just on a Friday, you can do it ANY day of the week!

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4. Have a chat! 

As I mentioned before, blogging can be a lonely hobby. Sometimes it's easy to feel like no one wants to chat and that you are all on your own in this big community! However, this is not the case at all! One of the best ways I found to support other bloggers is through talking to them, having a chat and getting to know them! Whether that be congratulating them for doing well at something, asking if they are okay if they are sad, wishing them good luck or complimenting them on something! There are so many things you can use to start a conversation with another blogger!

Be consistent! Keep it up! I am always checking my feed just so I am up to date with what's happening with all my blogging chums! Honestly, some of my closest friendships have formed through chatting on Twitter! A simple 'hey I hope you're okay?' Or 'I've really been enjoying your blog lately, I especially enjoyed your latest post" is a very effective way to support another blogger! We all need those little words of encouragement every now and again, blogging and non-blogging related! So if you see someone who needs your help, encouragement and support- please give it!


5. Create a blog roll/ Blogger Favourites Post 

I used to have a blogroll but I got rid of it when I updated my blog design. Silly Nicole... I also have a list on Twitter of my favourite bloggers but I haven't updated in ages! (Note to self: I need to get on that) As well as this I have also done a few posts sharing my favourite bloggers but I haven't done an updated one in ageeesss.... (Another note to self: need to get on this too) okay, so maybe I am not setting a great example but honestly, sharing bloggers you love in a favourites post or a simple add to a favourites list will mean a lot to a blogger.

I always get so excited if anyone ever mentions me in their favourites post! To know someone has actually gone out of their way to think and include you within their post means a lot to me. As I know it does a lot of other bloggers! You can easily create a blog roll on your blog by going to pages and adding that page to your nav bar so all those who visit your blog can quickly see who's blog you have been enjoying! What are you waiting for? Spread the love and share your favourite bloggers! 


6. Answer questions 

This might seem quite a weird one but hear me out! On Twitter, lots of bloggers will have questions, some of which I may be able to answer myself! A really simple way to find these questions is to use hashtags such as #thegirlgang or #bbloggers for example. At least once or twice a day I will have a scroll through the hashtag. See if anyone has any questions and I answer them the best I can! 

You may be wondering how on earth this supports other bloggers, well it all depends on the questions. Say if they were asking a technical question about scheduling or photography. If you help them, you are supporting them in hopefully growing their blog and overcoming any challenges they may be going through. But even if it's not a technical question, the whole concept of providing help to a blogger is supportive in its self. It's always nice to provide a little helping hand every now and again! People really appreciate it! 

And there we have six easy ways you can support other bloggers! 

Do you use any of these methods already? Or do you use something else? I would love to know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading, as always X
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21 comments

  1. Nice post! I love all your ideas, I might start doing #FF as I have never done them before out of all the things you mentioned in your post.
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

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  2. This was such a useful post, thanks for sharing! I really love it when people leave thoughtful comments on something I have worked really hard on, it's the best feeling!
    Grace xx
    http://gracexkate.blogspot.com/

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  3. My favourite way to support other bloggers is definitely leaving comments, I like the idea of putting a smile on somebody else's face :) Like you said I always make sure they're meaningful though and I like to think I'm pretty good at that haha. Something I really want to do more often this year is sharing posts on Twitter cause sometimes I'll be reading one I love and I tell myself I'll share it later but then I totally forget to do it. Mentioning all your favourite bloggers in a post is such a lovely thing to do too, I actually just did one of those x

    Sara’sChapters

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  4. One of my resolutions was to be active in the blogging community and this definitely gave me so many ideas! I feel like I am pretty good at leaving comments but I am so bad on Twitter xx
    http://blossomofhope.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hi Nicole, I just stumbled across your blog on Bloglovin' and this is such a lovely post. I'm fairly new to this blogging community (although I used to run a book blog) and am still finding ways to interact with other bloggers. My main method is to leave more meaningful comments, ones that show I've read and thought about the post they've written. I think it's nice to put some thought into comments, instead of those horribly generic 'great post, check out my blog' ones, as you said. I haven't really shared or retweeted yet but this is something I'd like to do in future as I know it would definitely make my day! I'm also a little hesitant to approach people on Twitter for the first time but I hope that with more experience I'll be braver about it. Thanks again for sharing such a lovely post, Nicole!
    Beverley | word drift

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  6. I've actually never taken part in FF which is something I'd really love to do. Considering it's nearly 11 PM on Friday right now, I'll probably wait until next Friday to start, and spend this week deciding who to give a shout out haha! I agree - blogging can be a lonely hobby, but it's so cool that bloggers form an online community together and most of them are so friendly to talk to!

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

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  7. I agree that meeting people is the best part of blogging. I always check out bloggers' social media links and try to follow them on Twitter and Instagram xxx

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  8. I agree that meeting people is the best part of blogging. I always check out bloggers' social media links and try to follow them on Twitter and Instagram xxx

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  9. Thank you! I've found this soo helpful I've only just started my blog so have no friends in the blogging community but I look forward to making some with these tips! ☺️

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  10. I have tried to get two previous blogs off the ground years ago but I felt completely alone with no support and let them go far too easily. Within days of my launch of my new blog I am already finding incredibly awesome and supportive bloggers in my niche and a huge net to fall on should I feel like I'm tripping up.
    Huge thanks to more experienced bloggers such as yourself for reaching out your hands to the "new kids on the block"!

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  11. This was a great post. I personally keep thinking about doing the blog roll thing, or maybe a monthly favorites thing where I post about blog posts I liked reading but to pull it off well, you need to put in effort (or maybe I'm just a perfectionist xD) which is why I just stick to commenting on twitter through my phone during the weekdays.

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  12. This is such a great post! All lovely ways to support fellow bloggers! I've never done a #FF before, always felt a little weird about it - I'm fairly quiet on Twitter! That's something I'm going to work on this year I think! Great post Nicole!

    Dani x | Simply Courageous

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  13. Love your easy to do ideas! I love supporting other bloggers. It really does make blogging much more enjoyable and less lonely xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Such a lovely post! I love to share my fave bloggers content

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  15. Will be doing #FF this week. A lovely blog post and great tips for new bloggers.

    www.confettiandcashmere.co.uk

    Sapna Xx

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  16. So well said Nicole!! It's about making the effort and lifting each other up :)

    Also, shoutout to a fellow mental health blogger!
    Toni x

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  17. I started blogging at the beginning of January, so in ways I still feel as though I have a lot to learn, but I love this whole idea of support. It doesn't always have to be a big then, I love reading and leaving comments on the posts I enjoy, not because I feel inclined to, its just because I want to x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  18. Yes to every single one of these! The media try and battle us against one another and that's far from what we actually do.

    Absolutely adore your blog (and your yellow raincoat!).

    EL xx
    www.owlsandstags.wordpress.com
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  19. Hi Nicole!

    My name is Mia and I absolutely love this post. It definitely highlights the sense of community that all newbie bloggers (like myself) hear about but have a hard time becoming a part of. I really loved your tips on how to build relationships and will definitely be making more of an effort to do just that. You are extremely inspiring. Thanks again!

    -Mia
    Confidentlycurly.com

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  20. I came across your blog and have really enjoyed reading through all your posts, the content is so meaningful and well written and I absolutely love your photos. This post was especially helpful for bloggers like me who don't really know what they're doing! Thank you!
    Zoë xo
    https://zoekinsblog.wordpress.com

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  21. I love this post, the one thing I hate most about blogging is when you fall in love with someones blog and you tweet them and they just ignore you! What happened to people supporting each other?

    www.teenytinythoughts.com

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