Have you ever wondered what are blogging communities and how can they help you?
So you want to be a blogger, do you? It seems like everywhere you turn a new blogger is popping up with these dope looking websites, making it look so easy. Easy enough that you are sure you can do it too. You love to write, and when you create Facebook statuses, you get over 40 likes easily! So your thinking “How hard could blogging actually be? It is the same thing, isn’t it?”
Well you try your hand at this blogging thing and…..
Absolutely nothing! You have spent many sleepless nights trying to create this bomb website. Figuring out how coding works, and how to utilize it. Through all the sweat and tears, you have finally come up with something that you love. You’ve been going over your content constantly to make sure it’s interesting, and readable.
Finally you grow enough balls to release it on to the world. You’re looking at your stats and at best you may get 13 views by like 5 people. Those 5 people could be your mom, dad, sister, good girlfriend, and you. So now you are left thinking to yourself “What in the hell am I doing wrong?” You then begin to doubt yourself and start to think,”Well maybe this blogging thing isn’t for me?”
For starters there may not be anything wrong with your content. Your main problem is one simple thing. Exposure! How will anyone even know that you have created this fly website, with great content, if they don’t even know that it exists?
Advertisement is key to pushing anything. Yeah I know, I know you are posting on Facebook, and Instagram, but there is always more. Unfortunately you will never be able to find any of this stuff out, if no one takes the time out to tell you. And who’s going to tell you these things if no one in your circle is a blogger?
Before blogging was even a feasible thought for me, I followed a couple of fellow bloggers on Instagram. I also visited their sites, and took notes on blogging. I can honestly say that those woman helped influence me. And has given me the confidence to put myself out there.
One of those lovely bloggers in particular is named Ashley Carter. Ashley runs a Life & Style blog by the name of Fabellis. There was something about her that seemed friendly enough, where I felt I could take the chance to ask her for some advice. I had no one else that I could reach out too, so I decided to take a chance on her.
I asked her if she had any pointers on how to gain readship. To my surprise, she actually responded to me to me. Ashley told me to use hash tags, join blogging communities, and try to get some features writing articles for other known bloggers.
When I did some research about engaging in blogging communities. I came up with paid services. Now I don’t know about you, but I really can’t afford to pay anyone to promote me at this time. With that newfound information I still felt stuck, and was back at square one. I let a few days or so pass and decided to inbox her again. I really did not want to keep bothering her, but I really needed further information.
So I dm’d her again, asking if she could recommend any blogging communities to me. She asked what kind of blog did I have and then told me about these two wonderful communities such as Bloggers Like Me and Brown Blog Love on Facebook. When I pulled them up, there they were.
Now when looking to join these blogging communities there are a few rules you must abide by. For one you must be willing to work! You will not be able to stroll up in these communities, drop your link and stroll on out. Nope. You can drop your link and other bloggers will share your link to their various social media pages. They will also comment on your site, and you must be willing to do the same. It’s a one hand washes the other and together they wash the face. And take my word it is not a bad deal!
You get to pick up extra information that you may not know as well. For example I did not know anything about sharing buttons to Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Stumpleupon and Flipboard. Since you are dealing with veteran bloggers as well as new bloggers, you will be opened up to a wider audience.
In addition, you are exposed to up and coming events which aides in the writing of content. Besides that, every now and then bloggers are looking for fellow bloggers to write features on their blogs. So they seek out people within their communities. Once you are apart of a blogging community, you will begin to see other blogging communities pop up as suggestions on your Facebook feed as well. Which gives you another group of people who can help aide you in spreading your content even further.
I hope that this information can be helpful to you. Being that my blog is fairly new, I am constantly learning daily. And as I learn, I will share with you as much as l can. Cause let’s face it, blogging ain’t easy!
If you have and additional information that you can add that can be helpful to your fellow bloggers, please share! And don’t forget to keep blogging.