Blogging is one big community full of bloggers from all backgrounds, expertise and niches. There’s many people out there in the same position as you (as a fellow blogger) who you can turn to for advice, but also who you can support in return as the amazing supportive blogger you are.
During my time blogging over the last couple years, I’ve seeked soo much help from bloggers when I’ve run into something that I simply can’t deal with alone – whether that be a technical issue, PR query, designing graphics or even simple blogging advice to get me by.
No matter what I’ve needed help with in the past, there’s always been a good group of bloggers out there who are willing to offer their time, support and wealth of knowledge to get you through it. But although I’ve seeked help from others in the past – and still do – I also offer this back in return to those who require assistance. That’s why in today’s post, I want to share with you a few ways you can give back and support fellow bloggers (new and old) and be the supportive blogger we love to see.
Share your favourite blogs/posts
As a blogger of any niche, you’ll have a blog or two that you keep on standby, or have a few blog posts that you think are simply awesome. This is where you should shout about them. This year I’ve started a monthly series of ‘Favourite Blog Posts this Month’ where at the end of each month, I list a number of blog posts I found to be either really insightful, useful or simply fun to read. That’s one way I like to share the love and support other bloggers. But in the past I’ve also shared my favourite beauty blogs and so on too. It’s all about sharing the love <3
Click their affiliate links
Anyone who has set up their own blog will know it costs a few pennies – nothing extravagant that’s going to make you bankrupt, but still money that not everyone wants to be spending on domains and hosting etc. So another way to be a supportive blogger is to use a blogger’s affiliate link the next time you shop online. If you know a blogger has a link or commissioned discount code for a certain shop you plan to order from, use it. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but it gives the blogger a small commission of your order value. When I receive commission through these links, I simply put it aside for my blog expenses – domain renewal, hosting fees, blog design, ads and so on.
Use a blogger’s creative services
When completing my blog rebrand last month, one of the big tasks was to get new graphics done – header, favicon, social banners and a blog button. Although I told myself it’d be fun to try it for myself, I instead opted to seek an illustrator/graphic designer who was also a fellow blogger. I took to Twitter to ask for your recommendations and these were just a few bloggers you suggested if you want to go check them out: Emmy’s Beauty Cave, Aloha Lola Cards and Dorkface.
It’s not just about sharing your favourite blog or post of the day, week or month and giving the blogger a tag, it’s also about helping one another out. Did you notice a blogger on your feed looking for help or wanting to share some news? Give them a little retweet or a share on Facebook. It takes a second of your time, but helps them out a great deal.
I’m a member of the UK Bloggers Facebook Group and my god, there are some awesome bloggers out there thanks to that group alone. Got a technical issue? People will jump up to advise you on how to fix it, with others even offering to do it for you to solve the problem asap. Now that’s what I like!
Support new bloggers
Last year I remember a girl asking me over Twitter how she could improve her blog. Obviously I don’t have the time to be delving into everyone’s blog and offering one-on-one advice, but this was also a regular commenter on my blog who was just starting out for herself, so I wanted to return the favour. I sent a personal email to her with my thoughts, links to posts that I thought would be useful to her and also other bits and bobs. She was so thankful afterwards that I’d taken the time to go through her blog and explain everything, which made me feel good.