When I started blogging 11 years ago (whoa) I was amazed at how easy it was to make friends blogging.
Suddenly, I was connecting with people from all around the Country, and it was so crazy to me that a little ol’ blog could bring me so much happiness.
The friends that I have made through blogging are some of my dearest, and I am so lucky that we found each other in this crazy big world of blogging. They have helped me through things that I never imagined I would have to experience (five miscarriages and the death of my dad, to name a few), and I am eternally grateful to have met such lovely people because of Life Unfluffed.
So, I thought it might be helpful to post a few tips on how to make friends blogging, for all of you out there who may not feel confident doing so.
SO! Let’s get started.
1. Get on Facebook and search your State for bloggers.
For example, when I type in “Utah Bloggers” in my Facebook search bar, a bunch of fun groups pop up with bloggers just like me in my home state. They host a bunch of great get togethers every month, and it is so fun to meet like minded people. Plus, this acts as a sort of “gathering hub” where we can all drop links to our latest posts and help promote each other.
2. Comment on posts you find interesting.
I KNOW. We have been hearing this for years, but the best way to make friends is by commenting on posts. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to do this when we’re reading blogs right from our phones or tablets–But, it is so worth the extra effort. Think about how great you feel when you receive a new comment. Wouldn’t you love to make someone else feel that awesome!? Chances are, they’ll return the favor.
3. Join Instagram + search hashtags.
Some great hashtags to search for when looking for new Blogging friends are #blog #ontheblog and #linkinprofile. You can also search hashtags like #mommyblogger, #foodblogger, or #fashionblogger, if you are looking for a new friend in a certain niche. I have been so amazed at the Instagram friends I have made. They are truly some of the best. Be sure to leave comments on ‘grams you find interesting. Hashtagging your own images is also a great idea so others can find you as well.
4. Attend blogger meet-ups and conferences.
What better place to meet like-minded people than at an event specifically for bloggers? This is a great way to network and find friends who love blogging just as much as you do. It’s also a fun way to gather blog tips. Be sure to bring a business card so your new friends can find you again once you’re back behind the screen.
5. Promote other blogs on your social media.
Everyone appreciates extra traffic, and promoting another blog on your social media is pretty much the nicest thing you can do. The blogger will (most likely) thank you, and it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
So, there you have it. My 5 tips on how to make friends blogging. What do you think? Do you have anything else to add to the list? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your tips (and make a new friend, obviously!)