Sometimes I get REALLY BUMMED when I'm blogging. Don't tell me you don't experience this too! It's like I'm talking to thin air. I research, I make a graphic, I schedule the optimal time to post, I write that post with my best spicy talk - and then...nothing. Sometimes I get a comment, maybe two, but in general I think, "IS ANYONE EVEN LISTENING TO ME?"
I was sobbing (internally) about this to my husband, and he said, "Yeah, but think about all the blogs you read and never comment on. They don't know you read their posts, but you did, and you liked them. Probably people do the same for you. You don't KNOW they're there, but they are."
Ouch. Guilty as charged. I read blog posts and never say a word. I feel like my comment won't matter. But on MY blog, comments DO matter to me - so I'll bet my comments matter to other bloggers. So here is what //I// am going to do about it - and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO THE SAME! Because everyone deserves love, community, support, + encouragement!
#1: leave a comment!
DUH. Even if you're not sure what to say, something as simple as, "Hey, I loved this post! Thank you for taking the time to write it for us," means THE WORLD to the blogger. Take me: I could be spending time doing something tangibly useful, like washing dishes. But no, I decided to spend time writing a post for you guys in the hopes that a) you'll like it, + b) it will be useful to you. Was it? Say so! And not just to me - to all the blogs you read!
#2: "like" the links!
Did you come to the blog post through Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram? "Like" it! IT TAKES ALMOST NO TIME AT ALL PERIOD. What a simple, awesome way to let the blogger know, "Hey yo, I saw this and I liked it!" Without that, the blogger has no idea!
#3: share the link on your favourite social media platforms!
Did you know that WORD OF MOUTH marketing is the BEST FORM? YUSS! Do you love your bloggers? Share the posts you like! Spread that love! Throw it like confetti! I can tell you right here + right now, there is nothing that leaves me so peachy as to see that someone liked my post SO MUCH, they went ahead and SHARED IT WITH THEIR FRIENDS. Angelic singing! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
#4: rate their work on amazon + goodreads!
Are you a reader following an author-blogger? Maybe you're not good at writing reviews (pick me! here in the front row!), but that's okay! It's really important for their work to be rated, so just jump into Amazon or Goodreads and leave a rating. That's all it takes! Blam - you're done!
those are my top-four tips for encouraging bloggers + letting them know they're loved. got anymore suggestions? i refer you back to #1: leave them in a comment! <3
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