For most of us, the struggle is real when it comes to blogging. You put your heart and soul into a post and accompanying photos and are disappointed with the traffic to it. You think you've nailed an Instagram shot, to have it be your least engaged post for the week. Or, you get really excited for a blog event, to enter into a closed-in-clique.
As with most things, I'm a believer of 'you get out what you put in', so with some steps of positivity in the blogosphere, let's see what karma comes back with, shall we?
- Like someone's post? Share it.
I've made a conscious effort recently to tweet out links to my favourite posts and you'll also get my top picks for the whole month on the blog (see January's picks here)
- Give bloggers feedback.
It can't just be me that does an internal happy dance when someone tells me they love a post... If you love something, let the person know! This goes for constructive feedback too, just make sure you nail the delivery.
- Share your favourite tools.
You never know what blogmin people are struggling through when they don't need to be. Rhianna introduced me to Buffer (a god send for scheduling social posts) and it's blog-life changing. My most-used include Buffer, Polarr (a free, basic online version of Photoshop), VSCO (a phone app, nail your Insta edits and plan your grid if you're into that) and wifi enabled memory cards if your camera doesn't already have a wifi function.
- Throw likes & comments like confetti.
That ritual of the Instagram scroll should be punctuated with double taps and commenting on your favourites. I'm fairly certain we're all aiming for the same thing, so make sure you're doling out what you're looking for, too.
- Welcome the newbies.
If you've ever gone to an event where you knew nobody, you should know how awkward it can be to enter already created groups of blogger friends. Whether you're in one of those groups or just guilty of sticking next to your plus one, make an effort to talk to those arriving on their own or those that might be new to the events circuit, you might just uplift someone's night.
- Stop the comparisons.
As cliche as it's become, we're all at different stages of our journey, so don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. There seems to be a tendency for bloggers to gather with similar followings, but whether you're just starting out or have amassed a loyal following, share the love no matter where you are in your own journey. Stop the bitching about 'big bloggers' getting their glory and don't think you've failed because you're not at the same event as seemingly everyone else in your niche - if you're putting the work in, chances are, you'll level up in your journey soon enough, and you won't have pissed everyone off that's already there.
- Help your bloggers out
Spotted a broken link? Tweet the blogger to let them know. Seen someone needing a vote in a competition? Take the two minutes to support them. Two minutes out of your day could improve someone else's - whether for the little or the life changing.