How To Support Your [Blogging] Community #NaBloPoMo


This week’s prompt is one that calls upon us to take a look at what we know, what we have experience in and even what we may see ourselves and knowledgeable about and share it with others. I don’t see myself as an expert in many things but I do know that I always try to learn from my experiences. As a new Blogger the first thing I had the chance to learn was finding the support of a community. The second thing was how to be a true support within that community.

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As a Blogger finding a community of like-minded Bloggers with similar goals, ambition and drive can be difficult to say the least. Yet when you do it is one of the biggest assets to anyone looking to find true success. Once you are a part of a Blogging Community learning how to support that community is key to it’s success as well as your own.

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Joining an Online Community or Facebook Group is only the first step but there are several other things needed to be an active support to that community.

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Give your fellow Bloggers well thought out, constructive and supportive comments. Each time I read a new comment on my site I am excited to see what impact my words had on someone, did they relate, disagree, empathize? When I write I write to share my feeling, experience and emotions. So when someone comments I am always eager to see what they felt as they read. This is true for most Bloggers. Needless to say, reading a comment that is clearly no more than a pass through can be a bit of a let down: “Nice post.” “Thanks for sharing” Or even a comment that is no more than a plug for someone’s own site and content: “Great post, I just wrote this one…come see” “Would love a follow”. As a rule of thumb I always try to give the comment I would want to receive. If I read a post and it truly had no significant impact on me or even if I simply can’t find the words to explain the impact it had – I don’t comment. Quality is better than quantity even with comments.

 

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Share, Pin, Like and spread the word about other Blogger’s sites and content.  When I am at a loss for words or a post simply resonates with me to the point where I know it needs to be seen by others that’s when I take those few moments to share. Whether I Pin, Tweet, Google+, Like or share to Facebook I do my best to get the word out that ‘Hey! This is something you all need to read and here’s why…’

You know that saying ‘what goes around comes around’? Most times when you are a person who supports in sharing the content of fellow Bloggers in your community they are more than willing and most times eager to return that same support to you.

 

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Share your knowledge – if you know a tip, trick or guide to doing something share. There are times when we all need a bit of help. Making a thumbnail, editing an image, how to share…how to anything. If you have knowledge that can be a help to the next person share it. There are so many things that I have learned from the amazing Bloggers within my community that would have been so much harder for me to find or figure out on my own.

 

How-To-Engage

Engage your Readers and Followers by creating conversation and interaction through comments. When people take the time to leave a comment on a post they are letting you know that what you said had an impact on them. It meant something. If they ask a question – answer them. If they share something of themselves – acknowledge it. It can be something as small as using their name whenever possible. Let them know they are more than an IP address. Thank them for visiting and let them know it meant something to you.

 

How To Support Your [Blogging] Community | MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter.comAs part of a community, be present within that community. Participate in Threads, LinkUps, Hops. If you join something that has rules of reciprocation do your best to be consistent. It can be very hard to support, share and engage with someone who never seems to do the same with you.
I know, life happens. There have been times when I may miss a deadline on a Thread but I still return that support even if I may be an hour or so late. it is noticed and whether it is said or not, it is remembered.
These are some of the main things I try to follow as part of the Blogging communities I have joined. I always want my fellow Bloggers to know that I want their success and I’m willing to help them find it. I have been blessed to find communities where I know that this is the reason why they are there as well.
How do you show support within your Blogging community?

 

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91 thoughts on “How To Support Your [Blogging] Community #NaBloPoMo

  • Melissa

    I started a blog only last week so I've been reading up on blogging communities. This is one of the most useful pieces that I've found on the topic. Thanks so much.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Congratulations Melissa!! I am so glad you found it helpful!! Please let me know if you need or have any questions… It\’s all about support 🙂

      • Melissa

        How very kind of you. There's so much to learn about blogging. Your membership page was very insightful and I'm looking into the communities that you belong to. This is all so exciting. 😀

  • Britney

    Thanks for these awesome points! Just started blogging in October and one of my favorite parts of the whole experience has been getting to know other bloggers and reading their thoughts. I always try to show love by +1ing or tweeting or whatever. Usually only add one of my links if it truly has to do with whatever they've posted(:

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks for coming by Britney! Getting to know each other is definitely one of the main things I enjoy about the Blogging Community. It sounds like you’re already on a great path of support 🙂

  • @All_The_Vs

    I do all of these, and I genuinely enjoy them. I even tried to promote something I wanted to do called "Bloggers Helping Bloggers" in which we would swap blog buttons to display in our sidebars without charging for ad space and not a single person in the month I promoted it showed an interest. So I was really getting discouraged and wanted to quit, as I was honestly feeling kinda shunned/ignored. But I recently found a great blogging group on Facebook and I've felt so much happier since I joined and started participating in it. I didn't feel connected to the blogging community at all prior to that.
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  • Julie

    I have found the craft blogging community the nicest and most supportive bunch of people I have probably ever "met" I love how friendly everyone is almost with out exception.
    I tend to comment on just a few other posts per day as I do ramble on a bit and have no time to leave lots! I thinking quality rather then quantity. I love to pin things that are clever, beautiful or inspiring anyway so a quick pin is no problem, I find it hard to be all over all the different social medias so feel I don't share very well on any of them – definitely something to look at /think about.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thant’s great Julie! Finding a supportive community is definitely one of the biggest blessings. I agree that quality has greater value than quantity when it comes to comments. Pins are an easy and fast way to show support…Thanks so much for coming by and visiting me today 😀

    • MrsTee Post author

      Welcome to the Blog Fun Karen!! 😀 I’m glad you found this post helpful. Please feel free to ask if there is anything else you have questions about. xoxo

  • kkkjk5

    I try to do this — sometimes I am better at it than at other times. I signed up for the NaBloPoMo this month and have done nothing else with it! It's so hard to keep up with the posting on the blog and then pinning the link-ups, etc. I haven't done other things I might have done. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned you post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

    • MrsTee Post author

      NaBloPoMo is definitely a huge task to take on – I love the experience but there are days it is hard to keep up and stay motivated. Thanks so much for hosting and giving me a great place to share!

  • jennabrussee

    I completely agree! My favorite thing about blogging is the community that I have gotten to be a part of. I have made real friends with people I have met through blogging. It's so fun to be able to work together and help each other grow. I definitely do all of these things in order to build and maintain those relationships.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Hi Jenna! I think that may be one of my favorite things as well. When I started Blogging I never imagined the friendship I would find and come to treasure. Supporting each other is the best way to keep them…just life IRL 🙂

  • @mdgblogger

    I agree with you totally. We should be all supporting each other and your suggestions are right on. It is nice to get comments and know what people think about what you wrote or even if they have experienced the same situation or whatever. I am visiting from Wednesday Roundup blog hop. I will twitt this article.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks Clearissa! It can have ups and downs like any other endeavor but it the end it is so worth it especially when you find a great community. So happy to connect with you 😀

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank you Rebecca, staying present is definitely key to making those connections. You begin to invest in that person and what is happening with them and their site…

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You! I have been blessed as well with a really amazing set of Ladies who support and engage without restraint…you among them! Thanks so much for coming by today 🙂

  • annelawton

    Love this post! Especially the quality is better than quantity comment. Seems like many of us are caught up in just getting likes – a genuine comment goes a long way! I am fairly new at this and there is so much to learn and am thankful for all of the bloggers that share their experiences

  • Serena

    Thanks for sharing! Haha just kidding. Seriously, these are all very good tips. I get the short comments on my blog too and sometimes wonder if I should even approve them to be published. A couple of them I have and a couple of them I haven't. Don't ask me how I made my decision, because I have no rhyme or reason….It is good to hear if someone relates or not. Even if they don't perhaps they learned something new and let you know that. Visiting from #TurnitupTuesday
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    • MrsTee Post author

      LMBO…funny!! Thanks Serena…feedback is so important as a writer because it can help determine where you go next. I appreciate all comments but those with quality content and reactions are definitely a lot more helpful 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by and for being a part of #TurnItUpTuesday !!

  • Ana Lynn

    Awesome post Tiffany! I love every single one of your tips and couldn't agree with them more. One thing that always saddens me is when I go to read on a post on an already well-established blog (say 4-5 years old) and I see a heap of comments but no response from the blog author/owner. I realize life gets in the way, I realize they are probably busy, and don't have the time to reply to 100+ comments, but no replies ever at all…I hope I never become like that. It honestly discourages me from commenting in the first place!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You Ana!! Yes, that is a sad situation. I find that commenting as soon as I can helps in there not being an overwhelming amount to reply to. My smartphone definitely helps me stay on top of things 🙂

      I don\’t want to let that happen to me either. Thanks so much for coming by to visit with me today!!

  • solarpoweredlife

    I confess that online community building is one area I'm still growing in. I can be a huge introvert even in blogging! Thanks for the tips 🙂
    My recent post "want to/am not/will." : a poem from Carlo's heart to mine.

    • MrsTee Post author

      I think online is the place I am the least introverted. My words tend to give me bit more freedom than the pressure of being face-to-face 😀 Thanks for coming by and I’m so glad you found them helpful!

  • Lisa

    When I started a blog a couple of months ago I was excited to share my well thought out words with others. To blog is to give and share with others. Everyone has a voice and their voice matters. When nobody comments – it feels as if posting is pointless. I'm discouraged. I don't want to do this to others who blog. I understand what it is like to take time out of life and write. I write to encourage others and I take my blog serious. When I see just numbers of people who viewed my work but left nothing makes me feel used. I blog for free. I don't want to blog for money. I want to serve my community and I want to encourage other writers too. The one thing I have to watch is that I don't follow too many blogs and neglect to care by leaving a comment, like, or share. Thanks for this post and thanks everyone for your comments. I want to be more thoughtful about my comments now. You all got me to thinking.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Writing to share a part of yourself and your experience is the truest form I feel. A blog is the perfect platform for this and I agree, when you have no engagement it can not only be discouraging but a bit of a let down. I don\’t think your Readers intend to use you but it may be as I said, perhaps they can not find the words to express the impact your post had on them. Perhaps they are sharing instead of commenting? I am happy you came by Lisa and that my post had an impact on you. All we can do is try to engage and support others in the hope that we receive the same in return.

      • Lisa

        What an excellent point and i agree. Yes many readers my be sharing and yes it is not always easy to find the words to write when commenting. Perhaps I am being a bit hard on others when I made the statement that I feel used. Maybe a bit extreme. So thanks for helping me see another point of view. You are much more positive than I am.
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        • MrsTee Post author

          Oh I don’t feel it was hard…your feelings are what they are – yours and totally valid in that. I can see where you could feel that but I just try to think of the why behind people may or may not do things. 😀

  • susanmahlburg

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your thoughts re: genuine interaction/discussion. Even worse than "nice post" is when something is said insinuating that the person clearly didn't even read the post! It breaks my heart because I want to create true relationships.

  • Tiffany

    This is definitely the next step for me! I've been a part of a few blogging communities now for a few months, and I should really start giving back to the group. I've done a few of the things on your list: commenting, retweeting, etc. It's good to remember that we're all in this together. Great post!
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  • Ricci

    Love this!! This is such great info that I think people tend to forget. I get in slumps where I read blog posts but don't take the time to comment even when I think it's a great post. I need to suit doing that and really support my fellow bloggers!!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks so much Ricci!!! It is easy to simply read and click away but we all needs that support either as a comment or share. I thank you for supporting me today 🙂

  • Holly

    Seriously so true! I wish that more people followed some of these rules. It's awesome to see when you have comments or likes, follows whatever's and then you get there and it's a "great post, thanks for sharing" type of day. I was like that in the beginning then I really became involved with so many of the people in this crazy world and I love them all! thanks for sharing <—LOL Holly

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks Holly. Yes, that can be such a let down at times. Still you\’re right!! When you get to know your fellow Bloggers you get to know the story behind their words and it makes it so much easier for your comments to be more than , thanks for sharing LOL 😉

    • MrsTee Post author

      Right? I’ve had comments that made it seem like the person didn’t even read the post but maybe just the title. It can be a real let down. Engagement is so key and just those few words that mean something are so important.

  • Melinda

    I couldn't agree more with all your tips. I must say I am guilty of leaving the "thanks for sharing". I try to pin and share as much as I can. True believer of what goes around comes around. I feel this also needs to shared with our readers. Before blogging, I felt uneasy commenting on blogs. That these people don't care what I have to say. Well that is further from the truth.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      I think we all are at some point. Sometime you just want to support in some way but it doesn\’t always have to be a comment. Quality is always better than quantity – even with comments. Yes Melinda, we definitely care what you have to say and in most cases it can impact what else I have to say – after all you are my Readers! 🙂