Without a doubt, one of the best things about being a blogger is the blogging community.

When I first started blogging I had no idea that the blogging community even existed. Sure, I knew that there were other bloggers out there. Millions of them in fact. But for some unknown reason, I just assumed that it would be a competitive environment.

The thing I love the most about the blogging community is that everyone understands. This might sound silly but bloggers understand what other bloggers are going through.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to explain to family and friends how exhausted I am from working full-time and trying to run a blog/biz on the side and been met by blank faces. Blogging is one of those things that you have to have experienced to understand.

Pretty much everyone I’ve met in the blogging community has been incredibly supportive. From simply spreading a little bit of love to helping other bloggers with their workload. I have met so many amazing people on my blogging journey so far.

To make the most of the blogging community, there’s a few little steps you can take. The most important of which is supporting other bloggers.

10 Tips for Making the Most of the Blogging Community

1. Chat

Make friends! Chat. Find out about your fellow bloggers! It doesn’t always have to be about blogging. Making a real connection with other people in the blogging community will help you out in the long run.

Chatting to other bloggers and showing your personality will help you stand out from others in the blogging community.

Once you’ve made real connections with people, they’re much more likely to be supportive of you because they know you!

One way to make initial connections with other bloggers in your niche is to join in on Twitter Chats.

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2. Follow

If you’ve read someone’s blog that you enjoyed, follow them. You’ll usually find links to their social media accounts somewhere on their blog. I like to follow people on all of their social media accounts (stalker alert!) so that I can keep up to date with their latest posts and news.

Lots of lovely bloggers will check out their new followers when they pop up in their notification. This opens up a doorway for them checking out your blog and they might well follow you back.

Don’t just follow for follows. It’s annoying. And really not what the blogging community is about.

3. Share

One other great thing you can do if you find a post that you love or found really interesting is to share it on your social media accounts. Sometimes it’s as simple as retweeting a tweet that they have shared. Other times you can just copy the link to their blog post and share it on your social media accounts.

As I’ve already mentioned, it doesn’t always have to be about blogging. If someone Tweets something that you find funny or interesting, even if it’s not linked to their blog, there’s no harm in showing some love and sharing.

4. Comment

Nothing makes me happier than getting a notification on WordPress to say that someone has commented on my blog. It’s amazing to know that not only has someone taken time out of their day to read my blog but that they have found it helpful.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that leaving comments on other people’s blogs is a fantastic way to support other people in the blogging community. Give them that lovely warm fuzzy feeling by letting them know they’re hard work is appreciated.

The most important thing to remember is that you are leaving comments for the benefit of that blogger, not to promote yourself. Whilst leaving your link in the comment is fine, don’t comment with things like “I’d love you to check out my blog”.

Read the blog post carefully and, if you find it useful or interesting, let the blogger know. Explain what it is that you enjoyed or took away from the post.

5. #FF

I’ve been really bad at #FF (or Follow Friday) recently but it’s a fantastic way of showing some love for your favourite bloggers.

It’s a great way of sharing a link to bloggers that you might not have retweeted much recently.

Not only is it a lovely way to show support, but it’s also a good way to potentially increase your own following too. Chances are, if you mention someone in your #FF, their followers will see it and check you out. Quite often, you’ll get mentioned in some #FFs too which will allow you to grow your network generally. Bonus

6. Ask Questions

Don’t limit what you post on social media to promoting your blog. If you’re struggling with an element of your blog or biz, take to social media to ask other bloggers for advice and opinions.

I find that Facebook groups are the best place to ask other bloggers for help. I’ve always had lots of super helpful and constructive responses.

Sometimes, people will send you a link to another blog post that explains the answer in depth. Another great way to widen your network and find new blogs.

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7. Answer Questions

Posting questions on social media only works because people answer you. So, where you can, help out other bloggers by answering their questions.

In answering bloggers’ questions you’re supporting their growth and development as a blogger. That’s what the blogging community is about, helping each other grow and overcome our challenges.

8. Guest Post

Guest posting is great for both your blog and the other blog involved. Whether you are accepting guest posts or writing for someone else’s blog, you’re using the community to raise your profile.

If you’re writing for someone else, you’re helping them out by providing them with quality content. You’ll also be tapping into their network as their readers will now have access to your links.

It works the other way round too. By accepting guest posts on your blog, you’re providing that blogger with access to your network. But you’ll also be reaching their network too through links and social media shares.

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9. Give Feedback/Ask for Feedback

I sort of covered this in the “Ask and Answer Questions” section. But in my mind, feedback is something slightly different as you’re inviting people to comment on your work. It’s a matter of opinion rather than fact.

I use Facebook groups and ask bloggers I know on Twitter (via DM) to review things for me a lot. Sometimes as a blogger you’ll create something that doesn’t seem right but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. Asking someone who has experience with blogging to look at it with a fresh set of eyes can work wonders!

So, if you’re trying something new or just need an honest opinion make use of your connections in the blogging community.

And, if someone asks you to review something on their behalf, be honest with your feedback. Nobody likes to hear that they’re got something wrong but, if you have something constructive to say that could improve their content, let them know. After all, you’d want someone to do the same for you.

10. Be Positive and Caring

No matter which way you decide to reach out to other bloggers and join the blogging community remember that bloggers are people too! Whether you’re just chatting or giving feedback on something, be positive and caring.

think about how much time and love you put into each and every post you create. That’s what all bloggers put into their work. Be gentle and supportive with your words.

So, there you have 10 ways to support other bloggers and to make the most of the blogging community yourself. If you’re looking for somewhere to get started, you can join the Flourishing Freelancer Blogging Community on Facebook here.

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