Building community is so hugely important for blogging, it’s why most of us get started in the first place. To connect with other people, people we’ve never met. To reach them with our words, our ideas and hear what theirs are in return! Connecting with y’all have been some of my absolute moments over these last two years. Whether it’s been over email, comments and social media or in person at meet-ups and events, I absolutely love getting to know you! There are a few different ways of building community through your blog or small business!
I cannot stress enough the importance of responding to comments. If someone takes the time to read one of your posts and reach out to share their thoughts and reactions the least you can do is take a minute or two to thank them and respond! We’re not perfect and we all miss a comment or two every now and then, but make sure you do your best to respond to as many comments as you can!
Social media is your most powerful tool when it comes to building community! Use it, reach out to people, communicate, connect, engage. Do not just get on social media and drop your links to your blog posts or business non stop, engage with your followers and engage with people you want to be your followers!
Networking online with comments and social media is super important but so is networking in person! Find other bloggers and small business owners in your area and start emailing them all. Set up coffees, drinks, dinner, brunch, pick their brains, get to know them and work with them!
Not only will you make amazing friends who are working hard to achieve goals so similar to your own, but you’ll also be building an entirely different community. Your community of blogger and business owners will become your biggest support system when something goes wrong and your biggest group of cheerleaders when something goes right!
Building community can be hard when you’re sitting behind a computer screen watching numbers go up and down by a few every week, it’s easy to get discouraged and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s no easy trick that’s going to build you a massive community overnight, it takes hard work and authentic engagement with your audience. But with these three tips you’ll be on your way!
Thanks for sticking with me and helping me build this amazing community, I don’t thank y’all enough for the support you’ve given me over the last couple of years!