In the world of blogging we often hear what the #1 tip is or what we HAVE to do in order to build our blogs. Some people may tell you SEO is the answer. Others will say having amazing graphics and pictures is key. And still others will say Pinterest is the answer to driving traffic to your blog.
And while all of these are are definitely important things to learn and master, may I humbly suggest to not forget to focus on building relationships with other bloggers?
When I started my blogging journey in 2008, I was on my own. I honestly had no clue that there were places for bloggers to “talk shop” and bounce ideas off of each other. I was blogging for the fun of it, not trying to make any money from it.
Flash forward to 2013, I was a part time working mom wanting to be a stay at home mom. So my husband and I decided to take the plunge and allow me to quit my out of the home job. However, the understanding was that I would put work into my blog trying to grow it and build an income stream from home.
I found my first blogging Facebook group around this time. I was amazed to find a group of other moms and bloggers who were trying to do the same thing I was doing. I began to learn as much as I could about blogging, stalking the group threads and soaking up every single piece of advice I could find from these more experienced bloggers.
And as I interacted in the group, I began to find the hidden gem in this world of blogging – I began to build some amazing relationships with other bloggers. We interacted in the group forums, we started talking on Facebook messages, and even chatted with a couple by phone. I also started meeting many of them in real life at homeschool conventions or blogger meet ups.
In the world of the internet it is definitely easy to feel like you are alone and the only one. What I came to realize is that I am NOT alone. That there are countless other moms and bloggers just like myself who are trying to manage an at-home business and blog plus still have a family life. It is not an easy task. But when you find that person that you can bounce ideas off of and find support and encouragement from, it makes it easier.
Blogging is not for the faint of heart. It is definitely not a get rich quick scheme. It takes hours upon hours of hard work and educating yourself on the ins and outs of blogging. It is easy to get lost in the how to's and the YouTube videos trying to master your trade.
Don't forget the human side of blogging. To build relationships with the people behind the blogs. Some of my closest friends have come from getting to know them in groups or through e-mail. And those relationships have led to some amazing opportunities in my blogging career. They even saved my blog at one point from starting over from scratch.
Don't try to do this blogging thing on your own. Reach out and focus on building those blogging relationships. Your journey will be so much more rewarding and richer when you do.
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