There’s one thing – barring extraordinary circumstances – I absolutely must have in order to create. That one thing is solitude.
Although I love being alone, it’s fulfilling when I realize that once I’ve poured my words onto the page for public consumption, someone other than me is engaging with the content I produce.
Here are three ways having a supportive community has helped me as a blogger.
I’m able to share my voice with others.
When you’re starting out, it may often seem like you’re talking to yourself as you write and publish blog posts. But once you decide to reach out and connect with a community that aligns with the goals you have for your blog, you will find readers and supporters within that group. For example, I noticed a difference in engagement on my blog after I joined the Brown Girl Bloggers community. Many of the people who leave comments or interact with me and my blog by other means are fellow BGB community members.
I’m discovering blogs I may not have found on my own.
While it’s true that there is an oversaturation of blogs on the web, the gems that are hidden within it can be close to impossible to find without some assistance. That’s where having a community comes in. I’ve discovered some wonderful writers and blogs that likely wouldn’t have been on my radar otherwise. This allows me to be on the giving end of the support that all bloggers appreciate.
I’m receiving advice and encouragement from seasoned bloggers.
A large part of being a blogger is relying on trial and error to determine what works best for you and your vision, but you’ll likely need guidance along the way. I look to more seasoned bloggers within the Brown Girl Bloggers community for advice and encouragement because I know that they can relate to my experiences as a new blogger.
Your turn! How has having a supportive community helped you on your blogging journey?