When it comes to the blogging community, there are thousands of bloggers all over the world. Each blogger has their unique voice, style, and persona that they want to share with their world. When starting a blog, it can be an overwhelming experience because you are afraid what people will think of you and how they will perceive you. This is a common fear among most new bloggers even including those bloggers who have been around for a while. For those who are lucky enough to find the diverse blogging community on social media, here are some things that can help you find your place in the world of blogging.
1. Be Yourself
When starting a blog, you will probably pick a niche that is similar to your interests and passions. With the niche that you choose, there is most likely hundreds of other bloggers who are voicing about that same niche. The only difference between you and these hundreds of bloggers is that your voice is not like anyone else’s. On social media, make your blog stand out with your unique posts and be authentic. If you have a catchy name or unique header art, it could make all the difference. Don’t steal other people’s posts or words, voice your opinions and people will respect you for that.
2. Try Your Best Not to Compare
Comparing is something that is apart of human nature, and we can’t deny that fact. I admit that I have compared my blog to those of similar bloggers in the travel world niche. Be honest bloggers, we all have done it. Perhaps you come across someone’s blog, and you like their style, and then have negative thoughts about your own. If you don’t favour your theme or your niche, change it. You are not forced to stay in one niche. Just tread with caution when it comes to comparing your blog to others. When we spend too much time comparing ourselves to others, we are wasting precious time for what we could be working on for ourselves.
3. Avoid the Drama
This point is in regards to Twitter specifically because there has been quite a bit of this lately. If you see drama on your timeline, do your best to keep scrolling. If it regards you personally, try to handle it in private with the opposing party. Everyone has the right to their own opinion and can say as they please, but negativity in the blogging community is not welcome. Being a cyberbully or keyboard critic is not okay either. Engaging in negativity is discouraging, nobody wants to see that on their timeline. Life is negative enough.
4. Engage With Others
I cannot stress this point enough when it comes to engaging with others and meeting other bloggers online. If you don’t talk to other people about your blog, then you may get discouraged at times. You may feel alone, or feel like nobody is interested in what you have to say. Just remember, that is not the case. Get involved with the blogger chats and threads especially if you are new, this can lead to finding blogger pals and getting others to go to your blog. Show mutual support, leave a comment, like a post, and show other people that you are interested in engaging conversations. Everyone is shy at one point, but this is a crucial to stay encouraged at times when things are terrible. Supportive threads are always great, and you meet great bloggers who may even blog about similar things.
5. Don’t Rush Your Progress
If you are following other bloggers, occasionally you will see them hit milestones when it comes to follower counts or blog stats. I see this almost every day, and I am happy for all who hit their goals. If you are new, it’s okay that you are not as far as others are. Everyone gets to their aim at their own pace and speed. As long as you are putting out new content that inspires you, your progress will come in no time. Those numbers will come in no time, don’t rush the magic.
6. Participate in Support Threads
When it comes to support threads and blog threads, this is imperative. This is one of the most vital ways for you to get your content out in the blogging world, and for other bloggers to notice you. If you decide to slip your link in one of these threads, don’t just stop there. Go through the list of comments, and genuinely take part by supporting others. While you are encouraging others, you also get to read very informative articles from other bloggers. If you are looking to grow your audience and your blogging community, don’t forget about these.
7. Brand Don’t Always Come to You
Do you ever scroll on your timeline or feed and see bloggers raving about PR packages that they got in the mail? Well, those boxes are from brands and companies who show interest in working with the blogger. However, don’t forget that some of these bloggers reached out to the company first. When it comes to finding the confidence to reach out to brands first, that comes with time. Keep in mind that brands don’t always come to you first, you have to find the ones that you truly want to work with and reach out. There won’t always be a yes waiting in your inbox, but at least you tried.
8. Embrace All the Feedback You Can Get
Feedback and advice are some of the ways that we can grow as a person and make ourselves better. If you are dying to get some feedback on your blog, just ask. There will be some people out there who will turn their nose on your request, but there are others who will happily oblige. Be genuine in your request, and you will find some constructive advice in return. Embrace the information you get and take it to heart. You will be a more rounded blogger for it.
9. Balance Your Social Media
Blogging is a balancing game. Off the top of my head, I can think of ten social media sites that necessary when it comes to blogging and finding an audience. Pro Tip? Balance it out. Take a moment to schedule time for the social media of your choice and try to stick to that time limit. Do that for each account. It can be overwhelming to keep up with the latest news and sharing. If you spread yourself too thin, then you will burn out. Doing your best to balance your social media while taking care of yourself, is a high priority.
10. Celebrate Every Milestone
Every milestone, every goal, and every accomplishment that you make is essential. You will see others celebrate their own; however, yours is the most important. You worked hard for everything that comes your way, and it’s something that deserves to be recognised. It’s easy to get discouraged when you see others who are growing faster than you or who are getting emails for collaborations. No matter what the circumstance is, don’t forget to celebrate yourself and how far you have come. In the future, you can look back and count all of your reached goals and be proud of yourself for all that you have achieved.
These are just a few tips that I would recommend when it comes to finding your place in the blogging community. When it comes to finding your place, it may take a while. Even though there are thousands of bloggers, there is only one of you. Do your best to stay true to your voice and don’t let anyone take that away from you. There will be times when you want to quit because maybe due to lack of support in the community, however, keep at it. If it inspires you, no one should take that away from you. The blogging community is filled with many supportive and talented individuals whom will gladly help you and get you through rough blog patches.
There are many more tips that could have been added to this post, and perhaps I will discuss in a future post. What do you think is essential when it comes to finding your place in the blogging community? Put your opinion down in the comments!
Until Next Time,