Whether you are a blogger, or simply a reader of blogs, you are an integral part of the blogging community – which we often affectionately refer to around here as “Blogland”. As with any healthy community, there are some things that we all can do to help it flourish and grow. And today I thought I’d share with you just a few things that will help us all earn the title of: Good Citizen of Blogland.
I guess I could start out with a one-word summary:
If that’s as far as you read, you’ll still have gotten the message I want to convey! So often I think as bloggers, we see other blogs (and their creators) as our competition – not as our support system. But who knows better the ins and outs of what we go through to produce posts everyday? Find your blogging kindred, surround yourselves with like-minded encouragers, and then support the heck out of each others blogs! – Why do some blogs grow, and others don’t? I think it’s directly tied to the kind of active support they have around them.
Then there is the big “C” word: commenting. No matter how many great posts I see on commenting, they just don’t seem to spur people on to action! Most people will pussyfoot around saying this, but here is the honest truth in black and white: we blog for comments. Blogs are not magazines. We don’t desire to just broadcast our content out there into outer space and hope people somewhere, sometime enjoy it. We want to hear from you. Comments make our world go ’round. When we don’t get many (or any) comments, we can get depressed, and wonder why we even blog… Comments are a virtual pat on the back, and the encouragement we need to continue to spend many unpaid hours of our days keeping our blog up and running! Commenting is also a bonafide way to assure that you are encouraging the kind of content you want to see more of! No need to comment on someone’s coffee date if you couldn’t really care less – but if you see an idea or recipe or tutorial that inspires you? Comment away! I guarantee that the blogger will produce more of what you respond to!
We blog to connect with our readers. See paragraph above. If you’re not commenting, we’re not connecting.
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Perhaps the very best thing you could do as a good citizen, is to share a post that you enjoyed. Be it a recipe, home decor idea, outfit inspiration, a party theme, an encouraging or thought-provoking post… If you liked what you read, share it with your friends. Chances are they will enjoy it too! Most blogs have super-easy ways to share their content. Look for “Pin-It” buttons, or “Facebook Share” or “Tweet This”… it literally takes seconds of your day. Yet your contribution to promoting someone’s content is priceless.
Are you sensing a theme here? We are all interconnected! We all help each other to grow, thrive, stay motivated. Don’t think of reading a blog as a drive-thru where you can come- read- leave; think of it as a co-op where you are an integral part of its nurture, care, direction, and success!
And the best thing? What goes around, comes around. So be lavish with your support, be lavish with your encouragement, be lavish with your love, be lavish with your thanks, be lavish with your comments, be lavish with your sharing…
The one who is freely a blessing to others always ends up being blessed themselves. Now let’s all get out there and be good citizens!