Building Community with Other Bloggers
If you are a blogger like I am, you spend a large portion of your day in the glow of your computer screen. From time to time, I escape to my kitchen or craft table to create, photograph, and occasionally royally mess up a blog post.
Sharing drinks and conversation with real breathing people face-to-face is a rarity for me, and blogging from behind a screen can be, well, lonely. There are opportunities to solidify personal relationships at conferences and other industry events, but they are hardly an everyday occurrence.
For many bloggers, social media isn’t just a way to promote our latest blog posts.
It’s an opportunity to forge meaningful personal relationships with other bloggers, support one another in learning, and build community.
Here are some of my tips for building community online with other bloggers using some of the most popular social media platforms.
Retweet with a comment: Don’t just randomly retweet links and tweets. Provide valuable context to every share. ENGAGE with the person on the other end of the handle and explain WHY or WHAT you liked about the tweet.
Ask: Asking questions starts conversations. Conversations lead to relationships. Relationships lead to community, and communities support their members.
Party on! Join a Twitter party. Twitter parties are a great ways of learning, engaging, and interacting with other Twitter users in a casual and relaxed format.
They’re a little different from Twitter chats and tend to be more free-flowing, but can be great opportunities to partner and network with established bloggers in your niche around a single event.
Chat it up: Start (or join!) a weekly twitter chat with a common theme. Keep a regular time and day of the week for the chat, and have fun with it. Are you a food blogger? Food can be the central theme, but change the focus week to week. For example, the topic one week can be tips for leading a more healthy lifestyle with cooking, and the next, techniques for photographing food well for blog posts.
Involve your community to source upcoming topics and promote them in a blog post. If you tweet it, they will join.
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What tips can you add on relationship building? Comment below!