How do you support your blogging community?

First of all, I would like to say thank you for the generous re-tweeting and sharing of my blog posts.  It’s difficult for me to return the re-tweet favor due to high volumes of followers.  As often as possible, I try to introduce a new person from my stream by re-tweeting them or sharing their content through other social media platforms.  I’ve written two blog posts on this subject that you may find useful:  7 Ways to get Re-tweeted and How to get noticed on Twitter.

When I wrote these two posts, I didn’t fully appreciate the power of supporting my online friends until I started writing on a weekly basis.  Now, I understand the work behind what it takes to be a dedicated blogger.

I like to share what I’ve learned.  Here are some strategies that may be helpful:

  • Allot some time each week to comment on a few blogs.
  • Use StumbleUpon to “stumble” your friends’ blog posts and recycle the popular ones a few times.
  • I repost the really beloved ones periodically as they relay useful information plus my friends appreciate the gesture (it’s almost like a drive by hello).
  • “Favorite” your friends’ prominent posts – it’s less time you’ll have to spend searching for new useful content to share later on.
  • Introduce new bloggers by featuring them on your Twitter, Facebook, Google+,  feed, etc.
  • Try to find new bloggers to introduce to the other members of your social media world each week, and watch the magic happen.
  • Make sure to mention the author’s name or Twitter handle when posting their content.

Sharing other peoples’ educational content can reap many additional benefits beyond supporting them and educating your own audience.  @Marilyn_Res shared an interesting story about how a re-tweet re-discovered and connected a long-lost pen pal, who had sponsored her first trip to the U.K. 20 years ago.

What tips would you suggest to better share content and support fellow bloggers?  Please let us know!  Thank YOU! ツ

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17 Replies to “How do you support your blogging community?

  1. The traditional method of blog commenting on posts, usually does it for me. I enjoy engaging in blog commenting on inspirational blogs like the one you have. Well written article!

  2. Ann,

    Thank you for the follow on Twitter (@jasonestevens) and for the helpful tips-I found your blog via your Twitter. I will have to try stumbleupon. As a newbie to the blogging community (January 2012) all the info I can absorb from other’s expertise is appreciated. One question: As my follwer numbers increase on Twitter how to you stop the spam followers?


    Jason E. Stevens

  3. Thanks for this advice! As the ‘new kid on the block’ the world of social media is fascinating but also mystifying! It is unnerving to think that I might unwittingly offend. I have found your posts really helpful.

  4. I like this:

    “I repost the really beloved ones periodically as they relay useful information …”

    So much of social media is about finding something “new,” we sometimes overlook how good the “old” stuff was.

    James Ritchie

  5. I find it important as an established blogger to comment on blogs younger and older than mine…so I support new and veteran bloggers.

    I also try to keep the conversation running by responding to a few comments on my blog each day.

  6. I’m going to add to this.
    Take 10-15 minutes out of your day to dedicate time to this. It will introduce you to new people that you might have never met and it will pay off within a week (or less). After reading this post, I tried it and had an almost immediate return in investment 🙂
    Thanks Ann!

  7. You seem to have covered all bases Ann! Being aware of and supporting other people is such a vital part of our social media world but one that can sometimes be forgotten in our busy lives.

    Thanks for the timely reminder of the simple habits we need to adopt to nurture our blogging communities – you are a shining example of the right way to do it 🙂

    P.S. – I like Mikel’s idea too!

  8. I love that you have really embraced writing and love reading each time you publish.

    Great suggestions for being a part of the community as a whole, it really makes a huge difference! You are a wonderful example of how being a generous person comes back to you as people share your things as well.


  9. One thing I always do when I read a post I particularly enjoy. I select and click an ad that I find interesting. I think most people over look this easy way to show your appreciation. Obviously if the article really moved me in some way I am also going to go the extra mile and leave a comment. Finally if I really like it and like it then I will promote the author.

    I know this is not what everyone does but I bring it up as food for thought.

    Mikel King

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