Embracing Community Part 2

embracing and expdancing the blogging community

I’m back with more tips on spreading community within the blogging world! Like I said last week, community is an amazing thing and it is growing by leaps and bounds year after year. I have 6 more ways you can help to grow the blogging community, and I can’t wait to see where this all goes in the next several months.

As I mentioned last week, a blogging community is very important for you and the friendships you can make from blogging, but it is also incredibly important for your blog itself. You will meet new people this way, and in turn, your content will get in the hands of someone new. If you focus on community as a duty to go along with your blog, I can almost guarantee that you will see a rise in your following and traffic.

Make sure you check out the first several tips after you catch up with these, and also read about how bloggers need to be respected and never taken advantage of by other bloggers and companies. We have to make a great name for ourselves, it is a full-time job for many people, and everyone deserves respect no matter their job title.

6 more ways to share love within the blogging community:

  1. Writing to benefit a charity or similar organization. A few weeks ago, I posted about a baby crib that has been in our family for over 25 years. The idea for this post came after GBMC (Greater Baltimore Medical Center) reached out to me about their annual Nearly New Sale. This sale, and hospital, mean a lot to my family, which you can read about here, and I knew right away that I wanted to include them in a post. Writing for charity or non-profit organizations is another way to spread a sense of community, especially when they truly mean something to you.
  2. COMMENT COMMENT COMMENT. This seems to be a popular topic lately, some people think that their social media channels are becoming their new “blog” and people are interacting more there than on their blog. While I would agree with this to an extent, I think it truly depends on the day and the post. Personally, I try to comment and interact on blogs AND social media platforms. I love getting to know people via their blog, but also the “behind the scenes” of their Twitter and Instagram. When someone comments on (or even just “likes”) my blog and then do the same on my Instagram photo, I feel connected to them more than just through blogging. It’s like we are becoming real friends, y’all. Responding to comments on your post is also incredibly important. If other are taking the time to give you feedback, at least thank them for reading.
  3. Share your knowledge. This is a huge one for me. As soon as I experience something new that I feel would benefit others, I want to share it. This has been a big part of my Wedding Wednesday posts in the past. While brides planning their own wedding have first-hand knowledge because they are in the shoes of a bride, it has opened my eyes immensely while planning for others and working in the wedding industry for almost 5 years. All of those experiences and hard work have led to knowledge that I want others to know. I have worked with so many wedding venues, that I truly feel like I know (many of) the questions brides should be asking. I have also made friends with caterers through working with them often, and I have had the conversations about what goes on with them for a wedding day. Because of those experiences, I am able to share knowledge that I know will be helpful.
  4. Be kind to other bloggers. Obviously being nice to people shouldn’t only be when you are blogging, but I remember when I first started blogging, there were some people that took the time to respond to me, or give me advice and that really meant something. I felt like becoming a blogger was a good thing to do after having good first experiences. After 2 years I have had countless interactions with some many people that just want to help. They don’t feel the need to take your money, or make you work for their advice, they just want to be helpful for the sake of being friendly. This also relates to one of my points from last week about joining Facebook communities for bloggers. When you notice someone new has joined the group, just comment with a quick hello and introduce yourself.
  5. Empower each other. This especially is for the ladies. We need to build each other up. Tell someone when you loved their post, of feel inspired by their hard work. When someone tells me that they are saving my post because they found it helpful, or mention that they can relate, it feels really nice. Share that feeling with others.
  6. Share content you love. When you come across a post of someones that you enjoyed, share it! It will only take a few minutes, especially if you are using a tool like CoSchedule, and it might make that bloggers day. Just type a few words, add the link, tag the blogger and boom. You have content for yourself, and you are also building the community!

All of the above points, and those from last week can help this wonderful community grow to be even better. Check back next week for part 3 of these series.

How do you work to expand the blogging community?

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I feel like I’ve experienced first hand how commenting has expanded my friendships with other bloggers and also helped to grow my traffic. I didn’t fully understand the idea of community when I started off last year, but it’s definitely a lot more clear now. I definitely need to work on sharing other bloggers content! I’m ok about pinning things I like, but I feel like I need to share a little more on Twitter too! Another great post about the blogging community!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Ashley, you always make my day with your comments!! It means the world to me to have made such great blog friends through commenting and sharing our adventures with others. Thank you so much for always being so great!! <3 I just recently started tweeting and sharing posts from others and I really love being able to bring attention to other bloggers.

  • Lauren

    I’m so glad to be part of your blogging community!!! You’re so kind to the other bloggers and SUCH a huge help!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you, Lauren!! I am so happy you think so.

  • http://www.hotteaandtheemptyseat.blogspot.com/ Katie @ Hot Tea/Empty Seat

    Such awesome tips :) community is such a God-thing! He desires for us to be in community with other believers. Love it!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, Katie! I absolutely agree with you!!

  • http://www.wearflowersinyourhair.com/ Nina B

    I am so grateful to the people who reached out to me and who continue to do so and I try to pay it forward!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      YES!!! This is what it is about! Thank you for reading, Nina. <3

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    Just followed that link to your post on Coschedule because I hadn’t heard of it before. You seem so organized.. I hope I can reach that level eventually!

    The blogging community is one of my favorite parts about blogging. I can’t believe I’ve made real-life friends through having a blog. I also love the idea of blogging about/for a charity. That’s something I can definitely see myself doing in the future.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I hope you like it! I try to be, I have so many things going on between this, my full-time job, my Wedding company, and then small freelance things. I need something to remind me to actually have a life 😉

      I love the community around blogging! It’s amazing to me how much the friendships I have made, mean to me!

  • http://polkadottedbluejay.com/ Elise Laney

    I love making “blog-friends” – I feel like I have dozens of pen pals all over the country! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Me too, Elise! Virtual pen pals are amazing!

  • Megan

    Love these! One thing I noticed immediately when the four of us met that we were supportive and enthusiastic and curious about each other, our blogs and our journeys. Its soooo rare to find people who genuinely want the best for you. Thanks for being there lady! xoxo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is so true! I am SO happy to have the three of you. It can be tough to make genuine friends at this age, and blogging has absolutely done that. I never would have guessed that typing away on my keyboard would lead to such friendships.

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Awesome tips. I love supportive bloggers and hope that people find me that way as well. I do need to work on sharing more posts I love. I do a monthly favorites recap, but sharing on twitter or facebook is nice too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Ah! I am so sorry, I totally thought I responded to this comment <3 After several months of trying to share more posts of others, it is now becoming a habit. I love being able to share others content to readers they might not have yet. I need to start doing a monthly favorites!

  • http://BurkeDoes.com Emilie from BurkeDoes.com

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you for reading, Emilie!!

  • http://www.always-al.com/ Alexandra Stacey

    I’m not sure how I missed this, but this post is awesome! You hit the nail on the head!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I am so glad this resonates with so many. The blogging community is really like no other.

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