Reading & Ranting: For the Love of Blogging Part 2 – Helping Each Other

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My first post went up last week in response to some of the changes I’ve noticed within the blogging community. So I wanted to do a more positive follow up. I tried very hard with the previous post to keep it as positive as possible, because I in no way wanted to tell people how to blog and that was sort of the point of that post. To tell you to be who you are, be happy, and have fun.

Now I want to talk about how we as a community can help and uplift each other.

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A community by definition is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We definitely fall into that category, and I would really like to see more emphasis on the fellowship part. So what are some ways to spread the love? Well, they are pretty easy and while some do take up a bit of time the payoff is always worth it.

  • Visit other blogs – Fairly self-explanatory I think, and for the most part everyone does this. It’s kind of impossible to be a part of the community if you’re not actively checking out what other individuals have to say. You don’t have to gorge yourself on blog reading, unless that’s something you want to do. I personally try to visit 5 to 10 posts every week.
  • Comment, comment, comment! – Another one that is a given, but it’s also one that a lot of us have trouble finding time to do. I have trouble with this one myself, but I do try to comment on the posts I visit. Comments are like blogging treats, and we all want treats! I love when people comment on my blog because it’s awesome to have that connection with readers. It lets me know you’re out there, and I appreciate the conversation. I personally welcome all comments as long as they are not rude. You can love a book I hated, by all means I want you to tell me why you loved it! You don’t have to write a paragraph either, just a one line response is enough to make me smile. I don’t know a blogger out there who hates comments.
  • Return comments – This one has two parts. Part one, respond to the comments on your blog as much as possible! People are there to have a conversation with you, even if it’s just polite small talk, so let them know you’re listening and shoot them a response. They might never see it, or if they are like me they check that little box to let them know when their are replies. Part two, visit the blogs of those who comment on your blog! This is the easiest way to find new blogs and form friendships, and all the bloggers will appreciate the time you took to do so.
  • Share content – Did you find a review that you loved? A discussion post that resonated with you? Share it! You don’t have to make a new post on your own blog for it either. Simply link to it in a weekly/monthly recap or share it on social media! Sharing content means more traffic for that blogger, which in turn means that people are finding new blogs and that blogger will appreciate it a lot.
  • Interact on social media – We all do this already to some extent. Social media is a must for a blogger, and most of us have them already so we can share posts with our followers. Now talk to them! Facebook has gotten increasingly frustrating because of their limiting of post reach, but to combat this you can do several things: Join a facebook boost meme like Boost it Tuesday , anytime you see a blog you follow post something give it a like and/or a comment, and share content. If you have a facebook page, reply to comments and try to have a few posts every week for discussion. (Like a simple ‘what are you currently reading?’) Twitter is super easy to get involved with. All things for Facebook also apply to Google +, Tsu, and other sites.
  • Avoid the drama – So this one is mostly for the sake of your mental health, but it also saves you from losing followers or becoming a part of the snowball effect. Some drama is unavoidable and totally understandable, case and point: stalking. Other drama is fully avoidable, so don’t get sucked into it. I always make a point to know what’s going on, just in case it comes down to personal safety (because it has before), but I make a point to log off when I see it occurring. I’m here because I love books, I love talking about books…but what I don’t like doing is getting bent out of shape over something that most people will forget about in a week. Life is too short for drama. Log off and get some extra reading time in!
  • Be Nice – Self explanatory. Treat other bloggers, authors, and readers with respect and they will treat you the same way. Being nice means you have a higher chance to avoid the drama mentioned above. My mom once told me ‘You never know what someone else is going through.” and that’s incredibly true. A nice word here and there goes a long way. Just randomly wishing someone to have a nice day does wonders. Don’t go about insulting people or playing the troll because no one likes trolls and if you’re insulting me chances are I’m avoiding the hell out of you. If someone asks you a question, wants to know what you’re reading, or just sends you a friendly message be nice…respond. They are following your blog/twitter/facebook and a couple seconds to reply is worth it.

I think most of these things are fairly simple and easy to understand, and I think if we all make the effort to do these things at least half of the time we’ll be stronger for it. I love the blogging community and I want us to grow closer, not farther apart.

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11 Responses to Reading & Ranting: For the Love of Blogging Part 2 – Helping Each Other

  1. Briana says:

    Yes! I think commenting on and sharing posts you find interesting is vital! As much as many of us really do “blog for ourselves,” no one likes the feeling that, well,…they actually are talking to themselves. We like to know that people are reading our posts and that they enjoy them.

  2. I like the new positive tone that so many bloggers are embracing and encouraging within the blogging community. Lifting each other up is so much more fun than tearing each other down. Like you, I enjoy it when people stop by to say hello and comment on a post I made or shared.

  3. Great post. I always try to go to the blog who stopped by and commented on mine. However, I never used to respond to the comments on my site itself. I’m trying to get better about that one.

  4. Love this! I really like that quote from your mom, it’s so true. And it’s value to remember even when someone else is lashing out: they could be going through other things and therefore have a short temper. It’s not great that people react that way, but it happens and we are best when we diffuse a situation instead of making it worse. I have definitely had moments of wanting to find out what is going one (then getting a PO box…) and then tuning out and reading instead. I get these just wanting to avoid the internet completely moods, haha.

  5. Terrific post and thanks for the Boost it Tuesday shout out! The book blogging community is full of so many amazing and wonderful personalities that there is bound to be some drama but as you wisely suggested being nice usually resolves most of it.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I agree whole heartedly. I think if people started taking an interest in those around them, it would be a much better place. That applies outside the book blogging world too.

    I try my hardest to be nice to everyone and make sure I reply to comments in a friendly manner. I know I enjoy it when people reply to comments I’ve left. I have a new commenting system and I think I’ll be doing a post on it in future.

  7. I agree whole heartedly. I think if people started taking an interest in those around them, it would be a much better place. That applies outside the book blogging world too.

    I try my hardest to be nice to everyone and make sure I reply to comments in a friendly manner. I know I enjoy it when people reply to comments I’ve left. I have a new commenting system and I think I’ll be doing a post on it in future.

  8. These are all the essentials of creating an active blogging community Michelle, good work! They are time consuming though so it’s important to balance these duties and not feel overwhelmed when you can’t keep on top of everything at once. Your mum has some really wise words as well, thanks for sharing!

  9. Rachana says:

    Great post! I totally agree with a lot of what you’ve said here 😀 One of my favorite parts of blogging are the comments. 🙂

  10. Miriam says:

    Lovely post. Great ideas for keeping things positive & fun… which I guess is ultimately the point of book blogging? (As this will result in an awesome community for geeking out about books…).

    Also I’ve never particularly shared content from other bloggers before, but now I think about it – I LOVE seeing those types of posts on other blogs because they result in great discussions. Will start doing it myself soon! Thanks eh 🙂

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