So I mentioned last week that I was going through a bit of a blogging slump. It really is minor and nothing to worry about – I’m not shutting down Oddly Lovely any time soon! In fact, I really enjoyed photographing my chia seed pudding and writing about living a magical life right after I posted that, so I’m hopeful that I’m on the road to recovery.
But I also want to say that awesome support from blogging friends and readers makes an enormous impact when you’re asking yourself if blogging is worth it. With a few exceptions, most bloggers don’t get paid to blog. We might accept a freebie here or there, but it doesn’t equal the hours and hours it takes every week to write, photograph, Photoshop, tweet, respond, and share. We do it because we love it, because we find it rewarding and fulfilling and inspiring.
Over and over again, you hear bloggers claim it’s not about the numbers. And while in an ideal world it shouldn’t be, it’s hard to get over the fact that you want other people to care about your little blog project. If we’re going to spend 20 hours a week working on a blog, it’s really helpful to know other people are reading and enjoying the posts. If we just wanted to write, we would have a journal. Since we’re blogging, we want to know we have at least something resembling an audience (even if it’s a small but loyal one made up of blogger friends – I’m looking at you awesome people!).
That’s why I encourage you to show your favorite bloggers that you care. Help them feel like investing in this project and community is worth their time. This week I received a really much needed boost from you guys, from Kerri featuring me as her Saturday Spotlight to Olya sharing my post about Reg leaving for South America to five of you sharing my magical life post on Twitter. When you support your favorite blogs, it has a real, big impact on the blogger and can mean the difference between them staying dedicated to this very time-consuming project or not – never forget there’s a living person behind that screen whose heart soars from a kind word!
So I implore you, take a few minutes today to comment on a blog you follow but don’t often engage with. Respond to a tweet about a blog post you really loved, just to say you really loved it. Name drop your favorite blogs often. Follow them on social. Nurture your community just as much as you build your own blog. The real value in blogging always winds up being the relationships we build with each other.
This one may seem like an oh-duh, but it’s importance should not be underestimated. At least for me, I often gauge how successful a post was by how many comments it gets (My plan B post = very successful. Jam and almond thumbprint cookies = not so much). Sure, of course long, very thoughtful comments mean a whole lot more than a “follow back?” comment, but even just two sentences with your own insights/experience on the topic being discussed shows the blogger you read it and cared! I attempt to comment on every blog post that I read. I’m not always successful, but I at least try.
2. Share their posts on Twitter
Sharing is caring! Twitter is a great way to give your favorite bloggers some love, especially since it’s a best practice to be sharing content other than your own. It just takes five seconds to schedule out a tweet or one second to retweet one of theirs, so it’s a small favor that can make a big difference to that posts’ exposure and that bloggers opinion about its success! Favoriting and responding and just reaching out to say “hi” are also completely acceptable ways to show blog love!
3. Heart their posts on Bloglovin’
Of course, following your favorite bloggers on Bloglovin’ is an awesome way to support them. But if you want to show them a post really rocked, give it a little heart. It only takes a second and requires minimal effort from you. This is a great option if you don’t have time to comment or share.
4. Give them a shoutout in your blog posts
Not only does a shoutout get the blog you love a little more exposure and help them build their audience, it just shows them that you really, really enjoyed their post! Whether it’s a weekly round-up of your favorite posts or a list of bloggers you adore, trust me when I say it makes their day.
How do you show your favorite bloggers you’re totally crazy about them? What ways do your readers show you they care?