As we near the 2013 A-to-Z Challenge, we'll be speaking increasingly on all topics A-to-Z. In the meantime, though, let's focus on blogging overall. Today, I thought I'd talk about how to make connections in the blogging world.
Blogging is a social medium, but people's reasons for engaging in the blog world differ. Some are here to sell books or other products by creating a platform, some want to meet others and hang out, some are more interested in reading than sharing, and some just want someone to hear them.
For each reason to blog, there are dozens of types of blogs. Parenting blogs, reading blogs, writing blogs, photography blogs, exercise blogs, history blogs, dream blogs, political blogs. You name it, there is likely a blog for it. This gives us the ability to visit all manner of blogs, and to invariably find something out there we want to read.
How do you reach out to all of these bloggers and get to know them, though? How do you meet and forge relationships online?
This is easier than you may think, and really depends upon how much time you have. Here's a quick rundown of how one might connect with other bloggers:
1. Visit blogs. Pretty simple, right? Hunt down blogs you're interested in. Do a search on the topic you're looking for + "blog." Head on over and check them out to see if you're interested in what they have to say.
2. Leave comments. Once you've found a blog you're interested in, read their posts and leave a comment for them. Make it a real comment, not just a passing "nice blog" type comment. Address the topic they're discussing and/or ask a question about the topic.
3. Follow blogs. If you like what they have to say, follow in the way you prefer. Options include Google Friend Connect, RSS feed, follow by email, etc. Choose the option you like best and follow it.
4. Have something to say. It won't matter what you're doing on other people's blogs if you're not talking on your own. Know what you want to blog about, then do so. Be yourself, use your own voice, and talk about something that interests you...and that you feel will interest other people.
5. Respond to comments on your own blog and visit back. When someone happens along and likes what you have to say enough to leave a comment on your blog, be sure to reply in some way. You can comment back in the comments, reply back to each individual comment (on blogs that allow that), email a response to those who have allowed that possibility, or respond to them on their own blog. No matter which response you choose, you should also try to visit them back at their blog to return the favor and see what they have to say.
There are many other ways to get to know other bloggers, but these are the basics that will get you started. After that, you can explore other ways to make connections, such as blog hops/fests, memes, guest posting, guest hosting, interviews, etc. Most important is that you find out what works best for you and go from there.
May you find your Muse.
The Warrior Muse