Today’s Blogging Edumacation is all about Building Community OUTSIDE of your blog. If you are in for the long haul with blogging, building your blogging community is extremely important. It’s almost as important as the content you publish. So let’s chat about how you can build your blog community outside of your blog.
ONE | Share other Bloggers Content.
Sharing others content is a great way to build your own blogging community. Share through your social media channels. Give those bloggers shout outs. Share content in your niche and share content that you love that is outside of your niche. Be genuine about it. Share share share! Use apps like Hootsuite or Buffer to help you out (they have scheduling features too!).
TWO | Be active on Social Media
You don’t have to be everywhere all the time. Pick one and make yourself known. Interact with people. Tweet to them, jump in on their conversations (if it’s appropriate), share what they are saying. Be active!
THREE | Comment.
I talked about how you can show a Blogger Love in this post. A lot of the same stuff applies to building your community outside of your blog, including commenting. Show bloggers that you are reading what they are writing. Show them support. It will help you build your community.
FOUR | Be nice.
You think this would be something that would be common sense. Sadly it is not always the case. Work hard at lifting people up. Cheering them on. Be their blogging cheerleader.
FIVE | Join Blogging Groups.
Facebook offers up a great space to find groups to join. There are niche groups (ie…Food Bloggers, Beauty Bloggers), there are technical groups (ie..Wordpress Support) and there are different groups for each social media platform (ie…Retweet groups, RePin groups). Join a few groups, get involved and grow your community.
SIX | Form a tribe.
Find 5-6 like-minded people and form a tribe. They don’t all have to be in your niche. You just want to find people that are at the same “level” of blogging ability as you or have the same kind of blogging goals as you. Meet with each other weekly. Form your own group on FB to help keep up with each other. Bounce ideas around. Ask for support. Support your group members.
All of these things will help you grow your own blog community outside of your blog. The more you can show support, the more the support will be shown to you.
Find more of my #bloggingedumacation posts here.
I love this information. I have recently been more active and leaving comments. I have noticed a difference.
Brittany Fry says
This is all great information! I just made an account on Buffer and am needing to see what it is all about. I think we all love to know that other people are reading our blogs and love to build more friendships!!
Great information. I knew some of it – but not all. 🙂
Joy @ Yesterfood says
Taylor, these are excellent guidelines. I need to get better at all 6! I appreciate the edumacation. 😉 I’m pinning this so I can refer to it daily! 🙂
Thank you for this advice!! I need this and hope to start implementing these steps soon.
I used the be wary of the idea of a blogger tribe, but now i kinda want one. Wait, is BSB a giant blog tribe? haha
Thanks for this post! One of my goals is to build more community this year!
Lorey (Legendary Lyons') says
I totally just consumed this entire Series in one sitting… Info Overload! SO MUCH GOODNESS! Thanks so much for sharing all this, girl! Def saving me at least a month of trying to stumble my way through it alone LOL!
Now, excuse me while I spend my weekend doing some Site Tweeks ;D
Charisse Murray says
i love the help thank you very much.
Great info! So starting with #1…sharing others bloggers content… Do we just quote them? Or say… I saw XYZ on http://www.XYZBLOG.com. Go check them out…
How do they know we blogged about them? Is it OK to email or comment on their post that we shared their blog post on our blog? Just don’t want to break any etiquette rules.
I started a blog not so long ago, and appreciate any quality information. Thanks for tips.. It does require a lot of work to build a community like that. And I learnt it myself you have to give away if you want to gain…
Talya Tate Boerner says
Great tips Taylor!
Amanda Hicks says
Hi Taylor! I came across your blog, & IG, through Erin @ livinginyellow. I am so excited to read through your blog! Thanks for all the wonderful blogging tips!
Bargain Baglady says
Thanks for sharing your blog edumacation 😛
Sharon Gill says
Hi Taylor, I came across this article from a list of 75 Blog Resources. This one jumped out at me so I am glad I took the time to read. Thanks for sharing.