Blogging is a very social job or hobby as the case may be. You don’t have to be a social butterfly in real life, but you will need to be as social as possible online, for you to succeed as a blogger. As an introvert, I initially struggled with this reality. I enjoy the company of people I have a good rapport with, but sometimes I just want to be by myself (which is why I can’t be bothered with blog events most of the time). I get my energy by spending time alone. In fact, I strive in isolation, it still amazes me what I get done in a matter of minutes when I am alone.
However, I have learnt overtime that I need to come out of my comfort zone with regards to socializing online, and I have. I hosted my very own Twitter party some months ago, I have joined a couple of Facebook groups, and I am engaging a lot more on my social media channels, especially on Twitter and Instagram.
Since I have started being more social and active online, I have seen my blog and social media platforms grow. I have met some amazing bloggers, and got to read some great blogs. I have also learnt a lot more about the blogging industry as a whole. I have achieved so much more as a result of the relationship I have with other bloggers. Fashion and Style Police won’t be where it is today without my readers, many of which are bloggers.
The blogosphere is now so huge, with a new blog popping up every minute. It is a huge community, every smart blogger should be making the most of it. I don’t see other bloggers as rivals, I see them as colleagues and I am happy to offer some blog-loving every now and again, in return for nothing.
Every blogger, no matter how long they have been blogging for, sees their blog as special, if not they won’t be blogging. Majority of us bloggers also want to be accepted and liked by fellow bloggers within or outside our blog niche. So it amazes me that quite a number of bloggers do not know how to work with fellow bloggers.
Well, if you are wondering how you could help a fellow blogger, you are reading the right post. Here are some tips:
I see a lot of bloggers being so rude to other bloggers and passing derogatory comments around, like being nasty is part and parcel of being a blogger, and I am like, really? To exceed in any business, you have to be respectful and nice. It pays to be nice. If anything, it brings good karma. Be nice.
Do Not Believe your Own Hype
Now many bloggers believe their own hype and I kind of see where they are coming from. You have to believe your ow hype to stand out from the rest, the blogging community is filled up with alls sorts of talent, it is hard work standing out so I guess you have to hype yourself to get notice. However, what annoys me is seeing a lot of ‘big’ bloggers or small bloggers that think they have arrived, looking down on smaller bloggers just because they feel they are not worth their time or effort. I find this really annoying because every blogger, regardless of their social following or blog readers, passed through that new stage, and the truth of the matter is, many blog readers are bloggers. So when I see bloggers believing their own hype, it makes me laugh out loud, because the ‘small’ blogger they are ignoring today may be the Zoella next year, who knows….
Do not Copy
Do not copy a blog post or a blog post idea, no matter how ‘inspired’ you are. Every blogger puts in a lot of thought and work into a blog post, and for you to just blatantly steal it is just wrong. Many bloggers think about the same ideas around the same time, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. The fact that you thought of an idea first and wrote it, does not mean other bloggers have not thought of the same idea, and planned a similar post theme. The cool thing about this issue is, it is very easy to tell if a blog post is copied from another blog when looking at both posts.
If you are inspired by a blog post, or a blogger’s review or outfit, mention that on your blog and link back to the blog you got the inspiration from. If you like a blogger’s picture, and you want to include that photo in a blog post, remember to link back. Give credit to whom credit is due.
I currently do not accept guest posts from other bloggers but I know many bloggers who do. Ask around within your niche, and start guest posting to increase your blog’s back links and gain new readers. Guest posting is a great way to grow your blog and work with bloggers.
Spread the Love
Read other blogs, share blog posts you like, leave a thougthful comment, follow like minds, and just engage with other bloggers. Do not be afraid to start off a conversation. Spread the love, life is too short!
So there you have it, my 6 tips on working with other bloggers. These tips have worked for me, and I am sue they would work for you.
Feel free to add yours in the comment section.
You can read more blogging tips, and how bloggers make money fblogging in my new eBook – How to Cash In as a Blogger. It is now available for download on Amazon for £3.44, but it is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Thanks for reading and have a great week ahead.
Great tips! I haven’t personally come across any rude people just yet. If I did, I would just ignore them, because I don’t see the point in being rude to someone. If you don’t like the blog, move on to a different one. 🙂
Yea I just ignore rude people. I can’t be bothered with them.
Nice tips here. I definitely want to work with bloggers in the future 🙂
Thanks Kristina x
Thesea are good tips,personally speaking one of the things I love to do in my down time is finding new blogs that I dig to comment, follow etc, I dont see them as a threat, they push me to be a better blogger. Have a good Sun hon! x
Great tip Biki. I love discovering new blogs xoxo
Helpful tips here. I see all bloggers as a family and would definitely want to work with them. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Osime x
These are some great tips that I will definitely be using very soon so thank you! X
Thanks Whitney x
Great tips, thank you for sharing. I’ve just bought a copy of your book too, can’t wait to get stuck into it.
Oh thank you. I hope you enjoy reading it x
Some great tips here! I got involved in my first Twitter chat last week. It was a little hard to keep up at times but hopefully practice will help 🙂
Yea it is. I still struggle to keep up most times..Lol.
Great tips, it’s so important to be nice! I always try and share the love as well.
Yea it is x
Amazing tips! Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely gonna be checking out your book.
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Thanks Emma x
Great tips especially about bloggers being nice and polite – manners cost nothing.
Yea they don’t..
I too like my own company and don’t really socialize that much, But being a blogger I think it is really important to socialize through social media. The only downside is i don’t have much time left for myself ,LOL
Yea that is a pain..Lol.
Great post and great advice not only to new bloggers but a reminder to established bloggers x
Very good tips. I really enjoy being sociable on twitter, Instagram etc, but, it sure does use up a lot of time lol
It’s so addictive!!
Yea I can be on Twitter for ages. Lol
I don’t accept guest posting either because I feel like posts have to be mine but I know a lot of bloggers do it. As for rudeness I have encountered it myself and have had horrible people send me nasty messages and it does hurt. We all blog because we are passionate about it and should not look down on other bloggers. I am like you I welcome other bloggers as friends and do not see them as competition. So glad to have found you blog, you have taught me a lot about blogging!
The truth of the matter is most of these nasty people do not go far. Their nastiness doesn’t allow it x
Some great blogging tips here and I have come across an awful lot of negativity over the 5 years of blogging sadly but I love it
It is a shame that there is so much negativity in the blogging community..
I am an introvert and often find networking on social media overwhelming. I realise that I need to have a regular presence in order to be remembered and build a rapport with others.
I still feel like a bit of an amateur as there are many established bloggers out there.
I do find it overwhelming most of the time too but it has to be done and doing it online is a lot better than in real life…
What some awesome tips – I would love to do more with other bloggers I have to admit. x
Yea me too x
Spreading the love has always been the best thing. There’s a lot of negativity and we need to get away from it
Yea we do. Thanks Nicol x
Great tips. Although I like to get involved with others blogger it is a big mission this year to build this up and get a proper community feeling x
Great Rhian x
This is a great post. I totally agree with being being nice/polite! I am thinking of accepting guest posts from bloggers on my blog! x
Do Not Copy is one of the most vital points. Bloggers are spending time to let the words flow by researching. Treat blogging as professional as your work and just spread the love! 🙂
True that. Thanks Jessica x
You’ve definitely got some good points here.
This got me really thinking. I seriously need to step up my game.
Thanks for the post.
Thanks for reading.
Very helpful! This just gave me such a nice feeling being a blogger idk why? I’m very new to blogger. I just joined 4-5 days ago and this one really helped me boost my self confidence! Thank you❤
Oh good it did. Thanks.
Anyone who posts about photography should feel free to visit my site and head to the Contact page. There, you can find guest posting guidelines as well as a contact form. I would love to work with you and have you guest post on my site!
Will check your blog out.
Great post! I love your writing style too.