Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Unsolicited Advice: The Blogging Community















Even though my current blog is only a few months old, I've been blogging for three years continuously and in multiple places (Twenties Hacker. Check them out!). In no way am I an expert, but I have learned a thing or two since hitting publish for the first time. I feel a little weird about writing a how-to on blogging, but I feel compelled to complain about blogging pet peeves pass on any wisdom that I might have.  

My very favourite part of blogging is that it is a community. Some of my favourite people in the world (Lorraine Sydney Pia Kate Bobbi Cheryl) I've never actually met in person, which sounds really creepy if you aren't a blogger. Or maybe it is creepy, in which case don't have me arrested.  

There are so many ways to connect: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, email, dedicated communities like 20sb and Studio 30 Plus, and of course by commenting directly on a blog. Some people I only interact with on one platform, some I stalk on all. The key word here is interact.

I totally understand that sometimes a tweet or a comment can be missed here or there, I'm very sure that I've missed some as well. But it drives me absolutely bonkers when people just don't respond. The elite Blog Famous folks get a break on this one--I wouldn't have time to respond to hundreds of comments on multiple platforms either! But for the rest of us mere mortals? It isn't difficult to show some love to your readers, and it's downright rude to ignore the loyal readers that reach out to you on a regular basis.

So respond. Interact. They don't have to be your best friend, but be friendly. It's how you grow your blog, and more importantly, it's how you be a good person. 

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