All it takes to be a blogger is an Iphone, a few primark t-shirts and a co-operative boyfriend right?? Lol. If only..
If you’re not going to spend time speaking and promoting other bloggers, step away now! I can’t believe how many lovely people are out there in the blogging community. Since day 1, everybody has been so welcoming but it’s important to spread the love back too. Take the time to reply to people’s tweets, retweet their new posts and you shall get the same back in return. You are likely to find so many other bloggers with similar interests to you which will make things so much more enjoyable! This also relates to the instagram platform too. I find it really beneficial to go through hashtags and like other people’s photos as they usually return the like and sometimes even follow. The more time you put into interaction on social media, the more you get out of it!
Keep active on your social media
There are so many social media platforms out there to utilise for your blog. Personally, I use Instagram and Twitter which I find the most effective. I would love to try Pinterest but I have no idea how that works, and I feel my blog is far too small to move to Facebook just yet. It’s important to keep active so that your followers always have you in sight to keep a steady count of followers. If you stop posting for a period of time, followers may become bored or think the account is no longer in use so may unfollow.
Blogger chats are your best friend!
Honestly, I look forward to blogger chats all day. There are so, so many and if you ask around there are multiple timetables bloggers have created (you angels) where you can see each chat that is happening every night. Some of my favourites include @thebloggers_hub chat and @GRLPOWRCHAT. These are chats hosted by a particular twitter handle, where you can engage with other followers and you have a certain amount of questions within the hour. It’s a really great way to meet new bloggers and it’s super fun to participate in. I have each chat logged in my phone calender, which reminds me every night which chat is live so I can join in when I’m available!
Join an Instagram Pod
Instagram Pods are groups of 15 people where you let the group know everytime you post, and they like/comment on your photos. Comments are important as Instagram rate comments highly and those with the most amount of comments are likely to be shown higher up in your follower’s timeline. I’m sure you’re all aware of the dreaded instagram algorithm (grrr, don’t even get me started). If you’re in a couple of these like me, you have to be consistent and make sure you are keeping up, however it’s a great way to beat the algorithm, and you are able to like and support other bloggers who support you, and find accounts you love! I have met so many lovely people through Insta pods and it has really boosted my engagement! (Read a more detailed explanation of Instagram Pods here)
It’s important to write because you want to, and not because you feel that you have to. Write whatever YOU want to write, this is your little corner of the blog and nobody else’s. You shouldn’t have to feel that you have to write a certain type of post on a certain topic, if it’s not you then don’t try to pretend, because it will show. On here, I write about literally anything and everything that comes into my head, and that’s the way I like it because I don’t feel any pressure to write a specific type of post that I don’t feel passionate about. On social media, be as normal as possible and really let your personality shine through. That’s what your followers want, to see more of you on your blog!