No intro. Just the truth.
Having blogging friends makes the experience less lonely. This is especially true when you’re just starting out and you don’t have a big readership yet. Having a camaraderie with other bloggers can be that push to keep you motivated and you can do the same for them.
Having blogging friends helps you build real relationships. It’s excellent networking practice and you never know how it can benefit you down the road. I’ve met women through blogging who’ve become some of my best friends. They are the women I can turn to if I have a question about life, blogging or just want to vent about something. On the other hand I’ve forged great relationships with bloggers that have benefited me financially or have helped me grown my blog’s audience. Hopefully I’ve given them something in return.
Having blogging friends is a great way to give back to the community. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve found that the more I give the more I receive. I like to link to other bloggers in my posts if they inspired me in some way and participate in real conversations. I’ve learned a lot from my fellow bloggers and I love reading they’re point of view on different subjects.
Having blogging friends is a great way to make other people feel good. What blogger do you know that doesn’t like comments? Likes? Followers?
That’s right, there isn’t one. We all want interaction so connecting with another blogger is a way to make her feel good and keep her motivated. You never know how powerful your words are or how clicking a button make affect that person’s life. Don’t post spammy comments because it’s the most annoying thing ever and we can tell what you’re doing. WE KNOW!
Having blogging friends can grow your blog’s readership. I kept the selfish reason for last because it shouldn’t be about selfishness but let’s be honest, we’re all a little selfish. If you’re friends with a blogger who has more klout than you they may shout you out to their audience which could in turn boost your social media following and blog readership. If you and another blogger begin blogging at the same time but they grow faster you may benefit AND if they are chosen to work with brands they can suggest you work with that brand also or bring you along. You never know how a relationship can benefit you down the road.
With that being said, please don’t try to be friends with someone just for the come up. Your shadiness will eventually be exposed and it could all backfire. Especially if you get a bad rep among bloggers, their readers or brands.
Have you made blogging friends? How have they affected your life?