I have read quite a few amazing posts written by other bloggers on; blogging community , social engaging with readers and fellow bloggers, through to the commenting and sharing of one another’s posts. Most of these bloggers are established bloggers, and started blogging before blogging became the norm as we know it.

In their posts they talk about how the world of blogging was relatively small back then, and each blogger got to know one another personally through constant online interaction. They even went on to say how they were all confident in their work, and supported one another by sharing each others blogs with their audience as a means of supporting their fellow online blogging BFF’s.

I read these posts, and they resonated with me in a very profound way.ย  I believe that we should be engaging with one another online, and we should be supporting one another, after all we’re in this together.

After reading these posts, and considering how it related to me, I couldn’t help but meditate on the following:

Has the blogging game changed?

Or have we changed?

And is this change good or bad?


HAS THE BLOGGING GAME CHANGED?

Blogging was more intimate back then in its day. It was more personal, and the pool of bloggers was small. Therefore, finding a fellow blogging friend back then was easy and fun!

Fast track to a few years later, and we find ourselves constantly adapting to all things; technology, apps and Social media.

Social media in the same breath connects us socially, yet in many ways it isolates us. We become observers , secret trolls spying professionally on others online. We feel like we know each other by the viewing of personal pictures and status updates, but in reality we are total strangers.

Isolation can cause us to compare with one another, which in turn makes us feel insecure about what we are putting out there online. The constant competing isolates us from other bloggers, and disconnects us from our readers.

THE TRUTH IS…

If we are secure in who we are, and what we are creating, we will want to see others succeed and we will want to naturally cheer them on in the process!

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HAVE WE CHANGED?

With everything being so fast paced, we often feel like we don’t have the physical, or mental space to connect with others online. I know for me, there are some days, where I don’t even get a chance to open up any of my social media apps…

As bloggers we need to make the time to read each others blog posts, and to comment on what we read. As bloggers we know how awesome it is when someone comments, and encourages our work.

It affirms and encourages us that it meant something to someone out there! Therefore, we too need to make some time to be active and intentional with the engaging and interacting with fellow bloggers and with our readers.

Sometimes bloggers just dump links to their posts online, and expect everyone to; read it, comment, like and share it. But they haven’t given the time, or day to read and connect with others online.

I know for me, I don’t always have the physical time to read every single post out there – because let’s be honestย  there are loads! However, on certain days I schedule in time where I play catch up and comment where I can. The reading and commenting on each others posts builds relationships and it builds a stronger blogging community.

IS THIS CHANGE GOOD OR BAD?

I love that there are so many bloggers out there, truly I do. As each blogger has their own personal style of communicating. Some bloggers may fall into similar niches, and that’s okay, because they still have their own take and style on what they write.

I love that so many bloggers have become tech savvy, and take blogging seriously. They make the time to be intentional with the layout and design, through to the curating and creating of beautiful content!

I suppose the downfall would be that because there are so many of us trying to do our blogging thing, we are all trying to stand out in some way.ย  We may try to copy others, and replicate everything that they do. Or we may secretly compete, and compare with one another as a means of trying to outdo them.

Blogging can be a very lonely platform, if you choose to isolate yourself. I do believe that if we are intentional about engaging with other bloggers, and with our readers, we will build healthy online relationships. Which in turn will grow our influence, and audience, because we will be open to sharing the online platform with others.


GREAT WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

  • Get to know local bloggers within your country, engage with them, and build a relationship with them.
  • Find bloggers of similar interests, encourage and learn from one another.
  • Get to know your readers. Reply to their messages, validate them and thank them for making the time to comment on your posts. After all they are your readers, you create content for them, and they will be the ones who help share your work out there online.
  • Be apart of online blogging communities. Facebook is a great tool for this. As I have met some amazing local bloggers by connecting to blogging pages and groups within Facebook.
  • Try to attend blogging events and workshops. This is a great way to meet fellow bloggers, and sometimes it’s the birthing place of many future friendships!
  • Connect with international bloggers. Bloggers that inspire you, and strike a chord with you. Keep that international door open!
  • Be open to collaborating with other bloggers. It can draw in a wider audience, and further reach.

So, I’ll leave this question with you today :

ARE YOU BLOGGING FRIENDLY?ย Blogging

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11 Comments

  1. Sharon April 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I love this piece!! And yes, I believe I am blogging friendly. I think it’s important to build a community while building each other up.

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    1. Cass Ferguson - Site Author April 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Sharon you are so blogging friendly indeed! You always comment, encourage and cheer on everyone! I love that about you! xxx

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  2. brett fish April 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Great post Cass, i tend to really enjoy your writing when i read it which is not enough but ja, like you say, hard to stay ahead – i think one of the huge problems if it needs to be a problem is oversaturation and so the desire to want to stay connected to everyone is just ridiculous and you actually have to pick a few favourites and hang out with them and cheerlead them and be okay with that – some that you read might not be the same as some who read you but i hope and expect there will be some overlap there – i think you make a lot of great points above and agree with most of what you say. i do think a huge part is the change from hobby to profession which is where a lot of the competition comes in. In SA it’s a lot harder to make money off a blog unless you have a specific type of blog and then you will be competing for the few spaces available but i think at heart you still need to in some way write for yourself at the very core else you writing will tend to get less good…

    that’s what i think but ja loved a lot of this and think you are a great champion of other peoples’ blogs so carry on

    love brett fish

    p.s. and i’d dig for you to read my latest poem which i just wrote cos yes…

    http://brettfish.co.za/2016/04/26/poemasistand/

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  3. Ayesha April 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Love this, Cass. I used to blog under a pseudonym a few years back and hope to get going again, this time as myself. For now, you will find me on instagram. I’ve seen changes in the blogosphere…Both good and not so much. Here’s to new blogging relationships where we build each other up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Cass Ferguson - Site Author April 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      I hope you start blogging again Ayesha ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for stopping by and for commenting! Onwards and Upwards in the blogosphere! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Paula Niziolek April 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I love this! 10 years ago I started my first blog and it was a very connected small community. About 4 years ago, life changed, and I put the blog aside. Just this month I’ve started again with a whole new focus and have really noticed how different things are in that respect. Those connections aren’t so easily made anymore, but they’re still just as important. Great to hear your thoughts on this!

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    1. Cass Ferguson - Site Author April 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you Paula, you are so right! Staying connecting and building relationships are so important ๐Ÿ™‚

      Can’t wait to check out your blog x

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  5. Anika April 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Ma’am, or Cass, well done on your own drama school for little people and I love your blogs ? I hope you still remember me and that you come to visit soon xx

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  6. Samantha October 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Love your article. I myself am trying to get into blogging and set myself up. I still have loads of research to do before I can officially launch.

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  7. Letitia Venter January 19, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Wonderful article and so appreciate after recent discussions on groups. I see myself as new to blogging as I’ve only been doing it for a year but I am still trying my best to support my fellow bloggers and make friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Cass Ferguson - Site Author January 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Letitia for reading and for making time to comment.. Truly, appreciate it…

      Going to check out your site now <3

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