I’m on a mission to up my blogging game. I’ll hazard a guess that if you have a little internet space, you are too. We all are, no denying that! I’d quite like to publish a bunch more posts and take better photos and become a blogging pro. Y’know, in an ideal world. That’d be fine and dandy.
BUT. Whilst I’m trying my damned hardest to publish more, better posts, I’ve also decided that I’m going to dedicate a good chunk of my new-found blogging time (I finished exams, did I mention?!?) to being a more sociable and supportive blogger. Y’know, immersing myself further in the community. Let’s be honest there’s probably only so much you can tolerate from me anyway. 😛 It’s so easy (especially when you’re short on time) to just put your own content out there, share it, then focus on your next post, and exist in your own little blogging bubble. Way too easy to end up in that position! Obviously being a more sociable blogger helps grow your own blog and social too, so it’s a win win situation. Soooo, I’ve put together a checklist of things I’m going to *aim* to do every day, to be a more sociable blogger whilst simultaneously growing your own blog. Let me know if you’re taking a similar approach!
Stumble others’ posts. Gotta love Stumbleupon. It can be an absolute godsend for blog traffic sometimes (not consistently, I must add), so it’s good to share the love for other people too. Gives them a boost, and the more you share of others, the less likely you are to be penalised for sharing your own blog content.
Leave 5-10 blog comments. gone are the days when commenting was a big ‘thing’! Makes me sad, but I know that I’m as much a culprit as anyone else who’s slacked off on leaving blog comments. Nuh uh, not any more. Not gonna be a silent appreciator any more, I’ll let them know! I’m gonna make a concerted effort to comment on 5-10 blogs every day. Except when I’m on holiday, of course. Hopefully you’ll let me off for that one.
Reply to your own blog comments. Can’t stress this one enough! I know lots of people say there’s no point because people don’t check back, but that’s why you either install Disqus, or reply via email. It literally takes a few seconds to copy your reply in the comments section into the email notification you received, so I don’t know why more people don’t do it. Then there you go, you’ve replied publicly AND privately, so the conversation can continue on either. I’ve had so many email chats that have started with blog comments, and have gone on to feel like I’m just chatting to a friend in my inbox! Also, I don’t know about you, but if I click onto the comments section and see that a blogger hasn’t replied to a single one, then I probably won’t bother commenting myself tbh.
Participate in Facebook group threads. OK so some people are probably totally against this idea and think of it just as a follow-for-follow equivalent. It’s not. Or at least the ones I usually bother with aren’t, anyway. They’re ones that require you to click through onto someone’s blog, spend time properly reading a post, and leave a decent comment. Or something similar, whatever the rules of the specific thread are. So yes, you’re leaving comments in exchange for getting comments too. But if it exposes you to more different niches, different styles, and different people than you’d otherwise read, then what’s the harm, really? So long as people play by the rules, everybody wins. Some of my favourite groups to join for this kind of thing are UK Bloggers, Bloggers United, and Female Travel Bloggers.
Instagram comments. God knows what’s most ‘important’ on Instagram now after the algorithm switch, but leaving comments is just a nice thing to do anyway! I sometimes look at photos geotagged somewhere I’ve been / am going then I’ll definitely have something to say. Concerted effort to do this lots more starts now!
Join in twitter chats. Nothing groundbreaking here, I know! Specifically though, I think twitter chats are great for when you’re feeling a little bit lost on the internet, aren’t sure what to do, but want to do something. Join a twitter chat, that’s what! They’re generally in the evenings so fair enough if you can’t make it that often, but I think it’s really important to still join in things like this whenever you can, if you have something to say on the topic.
Rather than set any ridiculous targets of 100 comments per day, I’m gonna leave this one here – I think that’s a long enough list to be cracking on with!
lily kate x
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Maria1st July 2016 at 6:58 pm
Those are some great goals. I love how supportive bloggers are of each other and I love this about this industry! So much more fun to work with someone than against someone!
lily kate1st July 2016 at 7:42 pm
Thank you Maria! The bloggy community is actually the best for being supportive 😀 Giving someone else a hand never hurt anyone did it!
Christine K1st July 2016 at 7:20 pm
Nice! Will do a few of these myself. Thanks for the great post and thoughtful comments.
lily kate1st July 2016 at 7:44 pm
Let me know how you get on! You’re very welcome, thanks for stopping by!
Max1st July 2016 at 7:21 pm
Congratulations on finishing your exams and A levels! You have been pretty good about updating the blog even with everything going on. I don’t think you ever miss a whole week. I think it will be great to see how things grow here. I like your supportive attitude. I have been reading fewer blogs as people seem to opt out of the game.
lily kate1st July 2016 at 7:51 pm
Thank youuuu Max! So glad they’re done 😀 I really didn’t want to let my blog slip at all during exams and I think I posted at least twice a week (usually more) every week, so it’s really nice to know somebody noticed!
Aimless Vagabond1st July 2016 at 8:00 pm
Thank you for posting this. I’ve been a print travel writer for a few years and transitioning to the digital world has been a bit overwhelming. The tweeting, and the liking, and the swiping, and the… I just find myself getting very exasperated by the whole mess. I thought your tips were very salient, though. My pieces are literary, and so I have a hard time finding an appropriate medium. I don’t currently do listicles, bucketlists, or promo pieces, I write funny, sometimes raunchy, short stories focused on travel, and that hasn’t yet translated into many readers. Tomorrow one of my short stories will be featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition (Travel Nightmares Segment); I’m hoping that could lead to some exposure. In any case, thanks. AV (aimlessvagabond.com)
lily kate1st July 2016 at 10:59 pm
And thank YOU for reading! I can imagine it feels like a complete shock to go from being just a writer to being a writer, PR, promoter, etc. etc. If your blog’s unique, then that’s better than doing the listicles or bucketlists or other typical travel posts, if that’s what works for you. Congrats on getting your story published!
Jenny1st July 2016 at 8:55 pm
Haha I’m totally one who would like to exist in my own little blogging bubble. Problem is, if I don’t put myself out there, nobody sees me! These are all great things to be doing, but I find there’s so many things to do I can’t keep up with it all, and my brain’s so scattered that I kind of do most of them half-assed. I guess I need to get better at organizing myself!
Aimless Vagabond1st July 2016 at 9:03 pm
I’m right there with Jenny.
lily kate1st July 2016 at 11:08 pm
It would be so easy wouldn’t it! But then again lots of our inspiration comes from other bloggers so maybe it’d get quite boring haha. I feel like there’s always going to be an ever growing list of things we should be doing and it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Life goal: get better at organising myself!
Lucy1st July 2016 at 10:33 pm
Lovely list of tips! I’m afraid I fade in and out of the blogging community quite regularly depending on how much time my PhD project is demanding so everything is falling by the wayside now. I try and make an effort to reply to comments and visit people’s blogs and leave a comment in return 🙂 xxx
Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy
lily kate1st July 2016 at 11:13 pm
Thank you Lucy! Oh me too, during exams I just about managed to keep my head afloat with posting and updating my own social media but there was no way I had much time to dedicate to enough other stuff. All your comments are very appreciated! <3
Cat2nd July 2016 at 12:31 am
Completely agreed with you! One of the things I enjoyed the most being a blogger is meeting new people through the blogging sphere and exchange ideas. I need to participate in the Twitter Chat more often if time allows 🙂
lily kate2nd July 2016 at 1:18 pm
Yay! So much of the fun in blogging is nothing to do with the actual ‘writing posts’ part. Come join in the #lbloggers chat if you can!
Jennifer G Sotolongo2nd July 2016 at 8:18 pm
This is such a good practice to commit to. It’s so easy to post your own content and then go on to the next blog post. Like you mentioned, Stumbleupon has been super helpful for us, as well as various Facebook groups. I’ve met new people and have been exposed to new content!
lily kate3rd July 2016 at 9:31 am
I know how you feel Jennifer! I’m now really trying hard to stick to this. It’s good to come across content that’s completely different to your own sometimes!
Marteen2nd July 2016 at 9:40 pm
I couldn’t have written a better post myself. I love being part of the facebook groups and sharing threads. Everyone is so supportive. Replying to your readers’ comments is very important.
lily kate3rd July 2016 at 9:33 am
Thank you ever so much Marteen! It’s great to see how supportive everyone is. I 100% agree!
Emma3rd July 2016 at 4:40 pm
Thank you for these tips! I’ve been worrying recently why I don’t get so many comments compared to past years, but then remembered that I rarely leave comments anymore, even if I love the post! I’ll definitely make an effort to show my appreciation for other bloggers now 🙂
Emma xo // http://www.thewallflowerwardrobe.co.uk/
lily kate3rd July 2016 at 6:32 pm
Thank YOU for reading! I thought that too, until I realised that commenting in general seems to be dying a death. You and me both!
PendleStitches5th July 2016 at 5:22 pm
Yay for the end of exams. Always a good feeling. Love the new blog look btw!
lily kate8th July 2016 at 9:36 pm
Yayyyyyy x100! I think it’s only just sinking in now tbh. Thank you! I’m still playing around with the layouts 😀