One of the best things that has come out of writing my blog has been building a community of fellow bloggers and runners. I am continually inspired by the (mostly) women who I’ve come to know though this community and a few have even become friends in real life. So, how do you create community through your blog? Here are three tips that may help:
- Be intentional. What does this mean? It means that you should be thoughtful about creating a community of blogger friends. Try seeking out those who blogs you genuinely enjoy, but be mindful of trying to instantly be best blogger friends with someone who has 6,000 followers. Not that it can’t happen, but the chances of you forging a real connection with them are limited. Instead, think about seeking out folks you could actually picture yourself grabbing a drink with.
- Start small. This goes along with number one. Don’t try to be besties with 50 bloggers. That probably won’t work and you’ll burn our quickly. Instead identify a handful of bloggers and cultivate relationships with them. Soon, you’ll likely find yourself with a couple blogger buddies with whom you regularly engage, comment and share things. That is fantastic!
- The Golden Rule. Treat other bloggers the way you’d like to be treated. That means comment on their blogs, promote them if they’ve just posted something great and be in their corner. Do all the things you’d like someone to do for you…and eventually they will. This is why it helps to start small — if you are being intentional and starting small and engaging heavily with 4 bloggers, you can have to time to read their blogs, follow them on Twitter, engage on Facebook, etc.
How have you created community on your blog? What worked best or didn’t work at all?