Friday, February 19, 2016

Blogger 101: How to Support Other Bloggers

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Whoever said or thought that blogging is a competition is dead wrong. I might sound hypocritical but never did I ever feel like I had to compete with any blogger. I guess I am lucky to be able to get that kind of perspective; after all, it was primarily after reading a fashion blogger that I got inspired to start my own so maybe that is where most of the feeling is from (and I am so glad I have retained that kind of feeling about this whole fashion blogging venture). As I said in my previous Blogging 101 post on Fashion Blog Opportunities, I think most of the blog jealousy and competition springs from the sense of having to compete with other bloggers for these opportunities. But I beg you, don't. The world wide web and fashion industry combine to offer an endless array of opportunities for everyone. You might not get the same opportunities or collaborations that one blogger is having, yet you also have your own set of collaborations that they don't have (and maybe even dream of having).

I would like to steer this conversation towards a more positive light - let's all show support towards our fellow bloggers. Here are some of the ideas I've thought of:

Talk About Them in Your Blog

I used to do a segment here in my blog called "Style Crush" (you can see my latest installment here). From reading fashion blogs every week, there are a few looks that stand out in my mind and I get so inspired by, which is how I come up with the list of bloggers to feature in this series. There are several other ways you can share the love on your blog and help your fellow blogger gain exposure. One of the fun things I was able to take out from doing this series is when other bloggers leave a comment saying they've never heard of the bloggers I've featured and are excited to read more from them, which is exactly the whole point of doing the post in the first place. 

Read Their Blogs (and Comment)

This is the easiest way to show support for other bloggers and I do this often. Every day, I read about 10-20 blogs on my free time (or I try to squeeze it into my schedule). It is fun and a great way to immerse into the blogging community, or meet blogging friends!

Join Their Linkups


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I do have a few bloggers hosting linkups that I regularly join in. Again, like blog commenting, this is a great way to become involved in the blogging community. You can see the full list of linkups I join in regularly here

Share Their Content

If you liked a blog post that another blogger wrote, share it on your social media accounts. Or, you can also re-tweet or share their other posts. If you find something of value to you and to your own followers, this is a worthwhile move. It is also a great way to capture the other blogger's attention and they would be more than happy to reciprocate. Just don't forget to mention them when sharing your post!

Buy Stuff They Blog About

Contrary to what is being written about fashion bloggers (maybe it could be true for select bloggers), but we don't earn six-figure income from our blogs. Most of us, like me, do this for a hobby only and any other earnings are considered a bonus. Therefore, it is a good way to show support to your favorite blogs to buy through their affiliate links, especially if you intend to buy the items they featured anyway. You are still going to get the item you intended to buy and help out a blogger in return!

In this world where the comparison game is as strong as ever, it is your turn to change the tides. We all need cheerleaders. But before you can get a cheerleader, we have to become a cheerleader first. 

How do you support your favorite bloggers?



19 comments:

  1. Great post! I completely agree. It's all about supporting each other... we're all in this together! I support by reading and commenting mostly. Sometimes it's through the blog post and sometimes through social media.

    I do need to make more of an effort during the week to keep up with others blog posts. Sometimes my full time job gets the best of me. :)

    Happy weekend!
    www.signingsteph.com

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  2. This is such a nice post. As a new blogger, I find it difficult at times to make connections with other bloggers, but at the end it's all about supporting each other!

    www.fadedcoulture.blogspot.com

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  3. Great post. I'm all about girl power and being inspired with other bloggers. I agree, most of us do this as a hobby. We take time out of our day, to share a little something. I think leaving comments whether is their blog post or social media is a great way to encourage other bloggers to keep doing what they love.
    Thank you for linking up with Weekend Wear
    xo
    Melissa

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  4. Love this! We're all in this together so I think it's important to always spread the love! Especially that we all inspire each other on a daily basis!

    Paulina


    shenanigan-ska.blogspot.com

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  5. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  6. Great post Abby! Blogger community is so small it is important that we support one another. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Wear Fridays.

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

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  7. This is such an uplifting and positive post about the blogging community! Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing ways we can easily spread support for one another :)

    XO
    StyleByPear

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  8. Great tips to support others :-) I love helping out other people and reading their amazing content!
    xoxo
    http://gingersnaphattie.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. love this post, amen! it's so fun to read other people's perspectives and I always try to comment. great tips!
    xx, lauren
    laurensparkle.com

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  10. I love this! I've been trying to comment on posts and read about other blogger's activities!

    Mary Kate
    www.mynewchicagolife.com

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  11. Totally agree.
    http://www.glaringwaves.blogspot.ba/

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  12. So true! I think it's really important to support each other as bloggers. I always try to follow back, RT their posts, return comments, and click on affiliate links!

    Hope you're having a good weekend!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Bloglovin

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  13. I have only been blogging a few months, but I was surprised at the support and encouragement I received from fellow bloggers when I started commenting on posts, sharing others posts on social media, and joining link ups. I have made some amazing friendships already in the blogging community, which I was not expecting!

    Mary
    Real Girl's Realm

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  14. Thank you so much for reminding me I can do a little more to support other bloggers. I do some of things you mention like join linkups or comment but I can also support people more!

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  15. Great post Abby! I always love seeing you pop up on my blog. Us bloggers need to support each other and not tear each other down! :)

    xoxo,
    Kim
    Champagneista
    ig: @kimcasemyers

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  16. These are great simple ways to join the blogging community and to help each other out!

    michellespaige.com

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  17. so many great ways to connect with other bloggers! I love chatting via link ups and discovering new content :) That's definitely my favorite way, but I deliberately click through blogger's links to kickback if I found something via their blog. We should support each other.

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  18. Truly enjoyed reading this post, Abby. I don't understand the whole competition thing, as I believe everyone has their own individual style to showcase in their own way - definitely room for everyone. I enjoy promoting other blogger's style when I can and have been thinking of other ways I can do more in the future. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

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  19. Very, very insightful! I completely agree with you in supporting other bloggers, and lifting them up! We're all here because we love to connect with like-minded people, so sharing is definitely caring! :)

    Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

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