Find a Blogging Buddy
In Day 15, Darren gives the example (which could also be my example) of needing to push out of your comfort zone – out of solitude and into the presence of others. It helps your blog grow faster and the quality increases – and the impact on your readers also increases when working with other bloggers. And remember, I’m skewing this towards business blogging, so the more you get out there, the more business you’ll gain.
As Darren says, it’s easy to give up if you don’t have support, particularly when you’re just starting your business blog. With support, doubts and fears can disappear – not entirely – but enough for you to keep going. Darren has obviously achieved so much with ProBlogger and Digital Photography School and this is partly due to the relationship he has with other bloggers – there’s mutual encouragement and support.
Here’s some advantages:
- Brainstorm for content, design and products
- Vent (who doesn’t love a vent!)
- Collaboration opportunities
- Share links
- Inspiration and Motivation
- Guest post on each other’s blogs
- Swapping of skills
There’s probably three levels you’re at if you’re a blogger.
- You’re meeting other bloggers for the first time. If so do this:
- comment on other people’s blog posts
- email another blogger
- attend a meet up or event for bloggers (there’s still tickets available for the ProBlogger conference – there’s some great sessions going on if you’re a business blogger)
- You might know some other bloggers. If so do this:
- Join a FB group like Aussie Bloggers
- Join a niche FB group based on your blog
- If you’re already part of these groups, take it a little further by:
- joining a mentoring group which are usually private or closed groups
- or start up one yourself and do weekly or monthly Skype calls and talk about your wins, challenges and goals, then set up a private FB group amongst these people to keep up momentum.
I’m probably at number 2. This post is similar to joining forums or Facebook groups but it would be nice to have a couple of fellow business bloggers to bounce things off. When I first started my web design stuff, Kelly Exeter was a wonderful mentor and very encouraging. She still is! Also, Kate James from Total Balance is a wonderful mentor – not so much in blogging, but encouragement for what I’m doing.
This is really so important. I’d be happy to be a blogging buddy with someone new at business blogging, just get in touch through my contact page.
Just come in on this blog post today and want to read what I’ve written previously, then Start Here: Day One
Day Two – List Posts
Day Three – Finding New Readers
Day Four – Analyse Another Blog
Day Five – Email One of Your Blog Readers
Day Six – Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly
Day Seven – Write a Link Post
Day Eight – Social Media Analysis
Day Nine – Forums and Social Media Groups
Day Ten – Create Alerts and Subscriptions
Day Eleven – 10 Blog Post Ideas
Day Twelve – Creating a Blogging Editorial Calendar
Day Thirteen? Didn’t bother!
Day 14 – Update Pages and Posts