With these baby steps to blogging posts being so sporadic, I want to try setting up a more predictable schedule for when they’ll get posted. I do plan on going back to the How to Make Money Blogging mini-series, but for right now; I want to touch on something that I feel is equally important. Actually, if I’m going to be honest, I think that this is even more important than monetizing. It’s about bloggers supporting bloggers because I fully believe that bloggers need bloggers. As a blogger, I think community and networking are a huge part of what I do. I belong to various blog support groups on Facebook and to numerous blog networks. But why? Could I succeed on my own? Possibly, but I’m not about to take that chance.
First, I’ll ask myself that same question: Is it possible to succeed on my own? Can I successfully promote my blog and myself just with my own hard work and effort?
Will it take more time? Absolutely.
Do I have that time? No.
As bloggers, we all know how time consuming blogging can be. From content creation to promotion, many of us do put in more than 40 hours a week when it comes to blogging. And let’s just toss out the notion of working just Monday through Friday because many of us also work on the weekends; even if it’s not putting out a post. It may be on the backend, social media management related, or something else.
Going from that, and factoring in how much time we really put into everything that blogging involves; is it truly possible to succeed alone?
I’m sure that it is entirely possible, but I don’t intend to find out.
Why Bloggers Need Bloggers: Community and Networking
One of the main reasons that I need my fellow bloggers is for networking. For example, being a part of the Kid Blogger Network has made a huge impact on my blogging career. My little blog received one of the biggest spikes in traffic (since opening) thanks to several bloggers sharing some of my content. But, it goes beyond just sharing my content. The network itself and the willingness of members to share their knowledge and actively support each other is amazing.
From answering questions regarding blogging or answering questions regarding parenting; the Kid Blogger Network has been incredible.
For that matter, I cannot discount the importance of networks like Inspired Bloggers Network, and Learn To Blog Hangouts. The amount of support and knowledge to be found in those two groups are amazing. They both have incredibly active Facebook communities (and Learn to Blog also has a VIP forum), where you’re able to connect with thousands of knowledgeable bloggers.
I’m also in several smaller networking groups where I know that if I have a question, I’m sure to find answers.
Why Bloggers Need Bloggers: Support
Another important reason that I need my fellow bloggers, is for support. Now, I’m not just talking about networking and community but social shares. Sure, it’s helped tremendously for my Alexa score, but the social shares are definitely significant while I’m attempting to grow my blog with SEO. Yes, eventually, I would love to have more SEO traffic but that takes time… and I’m not the most patient person in the world.
I’ll start by mentioning collaborative boards on Pinterest because those have become an incredibly reliable source of traffic for me.
I’ve found most of those collaborative boards through networks, on PinGroupie, and in a Facebook group. When I’m pinning my own content, I always go into Tailwind after that and schedule it out to group boards.
Because it gets seen by more people.
My own Pinterest following is growing, slowly but surely, but if I can get my pins seen by a larger audience, I have more chances of getting views and clicks. This matters to me because well, I like blog traffic. My ads like blog traffic. My bank account likes blog traffic. This is not my hobby, this is my business. And while it may not bring in steady income (yet), I know I’ll get there eventually.
So how else do I find support with social shares from fellow bloggers?
With groups like Bloggers Get Social, Awesome Bloggers, Pinterest Traders, Pin for Pin, and a few others. I have a set social media strategy when it comes to those groups. I pick which post(s) are going to get focused on depending on the group and promote those. Next week it’s the same thing.
So while yes, I have come up with a marketing strategy that’s independent of groups; sharing in groups is an integral part of my overall marketing strategy.
Another way that I use social shares, is by taking advantage of Facebook share days. I don’t do this quite as often as I should, but by taking advantage of the Facebook pages (often with large followings) that allow sharing on their timelines; I do have the opportunity for my content to get seen.
That’s just my two cents though on why bloggers need bloggers. What do you think?