6 Ways to Support Your Fellow Brown Girl Bloggers

supportAs bloggers, we spend a lot of our time creating content, planning editorial calendars, stressing over SEO and analytics, and promoting our own blogs that we often neglect to support other bloggers. This is because some of us see supporting other bloggers as one more time-consuming thing that we have to do in order to be successful at blogging. But, supporting your fellow bloggers doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming. In this post, I’ll be sharing six easy ways you can support other brown girl bloggers.

Leave thoughtful comments. Certainly not all blog posts are worthy of comments, but if you read a blog post and can think of something thoughtful to add in the comments section, do it. Take a few minutes to craft a response to what the blogger has written and engage her. If you can’t think of anything original or thoughtful to write, see my next point.

Share their posts on social media. If you read a brown girl blogger’s post and it resonates with you or was useful in some way, share it with your social media audience. I make it my business to share other bloggers’ posts in my weekly newsletter and on Twitter. Does every blogger blow kisses and thank me for sharing their post? No. But I don’t expect them to. I choose to share other bloggers’ posts based on what the post meant to me, not based on who the blogger is and what I think she can do for me in return. When you share other content besides your own, it shows that you’re not about self-promotion all the time and you’re willing to shine light on other bloggers.

Add them to your blogroll. In a previous post we discussed whether or not the blogroll is dead, and many who commented said that it’s not. Well, prove it. Create (or update) your blogroll and be sure to include more brown girl bloggers on your list. And don’t think that the blogger has to fall within your niche of blogging to land a spot on your blogroll. If you regularly frequent her blog, add her to the list.

Feature them on your blog. If you’re not a fan of the blogroll, there are alternative ways you can spotlight other bloggers on your blog. One alternative is writing a blog post about your favorite(s) brown girl blogger(s), telling your readers why you like this specific blogger and what draws you to her content. At the end of the post, you can include links to your favorite posts from that blogger, as this will drive traffic to that blogger’s blog and help her potentially gain more readers.

Send them an email. If there’s a brown girl blogger whose content you truly enjoy and find helpful, send her an email and tell her just that. Explain her who you are, how you discovered her blog, and what you like about it. You never know what’s going on with a blogger behind the screen. Your email could be the thing that convinces a brown girl blogger to keep going just when she’s thought about giving up.

Support their other endeavors. Many brown girl bloggers have the hearts and minds of hustlers! They’re owners of online businesses, authors of books, web designers, and much more. If you hear that a brown girl blogger is embarking on a new venture outside of blogging, throw your support behind her. You can do this by offering advice and resources (if it’s something you’ve already done), buying her product (if she’s selling something you’re interested in), spreading the word on social media, or sending her an encouraging email.

How do you support other brown girl bloggers? Leave a comment below.

  • nikkia

    This is great! I loved the idea of supporting one another. It should happen more often. As a newby blogger @simplybeautifulwithin.wordpress.com you’ve given me some great pointers that I will start doing.

  • Whew, been there before re: family/friends not supporting. Having BGB and similar communities to promote and uplift us definitely helps.

  • Yay! I’m glad to hear that, Laci.

  • Kay’s Ways

    I love the idea of women supporting each other. I am always sharing other bloggers posts via Twitter. I totally understand the need of support and love connecting with other bloggers who share some of the same interests as I do, friends and family don’t always get it so it’s good to have people on the same page as you.


  • Laci

    LOVE THIS!! As a newer blogger I’m definitely having those “is anyone readying this” moments but I love the interaction I’m receiving from the brown girl blogger community.


  • I do the same, haha!

  • Sweetdrk1

    Yes that is more normal than not. When I do get a comment and run and respond. Lol!

  • Trust me, Nate, I know! I blogged for years without ever getting a comment or a share or any response from readers. And truth be told, this is the case for nearly every single blogger. We all go through the time period where we see our page views increase but our comments section and share counts stay dismal. When you start reaching out to other bloggers and making genuine connections, eventually things get a little better. :)

  • Nate Middleton

    I love this post! I was just saying the other day that I need to make it my business to support other bloggers! One of the reasons i began blogging was to connect with other people who I shared common interests with. I have wanted to give up many times and kept going only because of that one comment on a post after months of no feedback. It really does help!

  • Many bloggers think of commenting and sharing posts in relational terms, meaning many bloggers are more inclined to share and comment on their friends’ blogs as opposed to blogs written by bloggers they’re personally unfamiliar with. The problem with this thinking is that it limits relationship building within the blogging community and it can be very divisive and clique-like. Frankly, if I peep a blogger who only shares his/her friends’ blog content and rarely see him/her connecting with or supporting other bloggers, then I don’t mess with them. Why would I when they’re so clearly invested in solely supporting their friends’ blogs?

    I’m not saying bloggers should try to forge relationships with every single blogger they meet, as that is impossible. However, I am saying support comes in many forms and it doesn’t hurt to support other bloggers who exist outside of your tribe.

    Thanks for reading & sharing your thoughts, Kristen!

  • Love how thorough you were in covering the many, many ways we can support each other, especially in this budding community. I shook my head yes when you noted how we should share/comment because something about the blogger or post stands out, not just because we’re part of a ‘clique’ or to receive the same from the person in return. Reciprocity is beautiful, but it would make for a much more genuine blogosphere if participators were paying it forward when they receive support, as well as supporting what they truly enjoy.

  • I don’t necessarily “schedule” time to read and comment on other blogs, but I do try to get around to a few of my faves every day – especially if I know that a blogger updates pretty regularly. Also, I think that’s a great point: reading and interacting with other blogs keeps you informed of relevant content that you can share with your community. In that sense, you’re establishing yourself as a resource within your niche. Thanks for reading and commenting, Zena!

  • I try to do the same, Neosha. On social media, I try to share content that interests me and that others might benefit from or enjoy. If it’s a post that I’m intrigued by but one that won’t particularly resonate with my social media following, then I’ll just leave a comment but not share it. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

  • Bloggers definitely appreciate comments. Many bloggers write posts for years without anyone ever leaving a comment. It’s low-key discouraging because it can start to feel like you’re talking to yourself. :/ Thanks for reading and commenting, Bobbie!

  • Bobbie

    Great topic and tips! Drea! I have built quite a few relationships with bloggers just from commenting. If I’m reading a blog, 99% of the time I am going to leave a comment.

  • NeoshaGEE

    Love this! I’ve always found the time to make sure that when I discover fellow brown girl bloggers I show comment love and even support by sharing their content or what they do. Definitely worth it if I enjoy their blogs.

  • Great post. I schedule time in my week to make sure I read my favorite blogs and try to show them love when I can. I think it’s important to spread the love. Plus my community is generally interested in some of the same topics as I so if I can introduce them to new content then that’s an added bonus.

    Zena | http://www.hersavvycareer.com

  • You’re welcome, Tiffany. Leaving comments and supporting bloggers in other ways is something I recently started being very intentional about. Just like writing posts, promoting my content, etc., I had to build it into my schedule.

  • Tiffany Winbush

    Thanks for these great tips, Drea. I often come across great blogger content and I realize I should do a better job of leaving comments and feedback. I’ll make sure to do this going forward.

  • Thanks for reading, GG! I try my best to practice what I preach.

  • Thanks for reading, Tyece. :)

  • You’re welcome! The easy part is connecting; the hard part is maintaining those connections over time.

  • Naturally Kinky Mommy

    Thank you for these suggestions. I’m working on connecting with other brown girl bloggers and your insight is very helpful.

  • Tyece

    Love it.

  • Sweetdrk1

    You are the best ever! Thank you for setting the example, for casting a shadow worthy of standing in


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