Written by Nat Took
Nat Took – Nat is a part-time backpacker with a vision to make backpacking a full-time lifestyle. The travel bug first bit on a round-the-world trip in 2010-2011. Since then, Nat has been trying to see more attractions closer to home in the UK and Europe.
She also recently spent six months in Mexico living as a digital nomad.In 2016, she launched ‘natpacker’ to help other travellers, focusing on backpacking and budget travel, which is her preferred style. The blog contains her own adventures, destinations, reviews and travel advice. Nat also has a passion for food, animals and the environment, all of which tend to drive where she visits and what tours she does. https://natpacker.com/
Blogging. It’s the dream job, right? You can work when you want, even working from home in your jammies all day. What’s not to like?
Well working from home day-in-day-out can be a lonely business, which can be enough to make you give up. Even the most introverted of people crave human interaction. Plus being alone means you can’t bounce ideas off others, you are left to just your own thoughts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you network you can find support, inspiration, places to guest post and even make some great friendships.
I am part of the #TravelTribe on Twitter, where there are several closer groups and an overall community. I have found friendship and support, from people with the same interests and struggles. We’ve met up a couple of times and help each other out. If you’re a newbie blogger, networking is vital to help you keep at it.
The Benefits Of Networking
I’ve already touched upon the benefits of networking, but I have two main reasons why it is so important. Let’s look at these in more detail.
Having support is so important, whatever you do in life. But for a newbie blogger, having a support network can make all the difference between quitting or not. When you get writers block, or are unsure how to grow your audience, you have a support network ready. You can get inspiration from them, advice and encouragement. You can go to events together, so you won’t be alone and generally be there for each other.
Growing Your Audience
The more interaction your social media and blog get, the better. With a network of bloggers you can help each other to get engagement. You can exchange guest posts, for those all-important back-links.
Another way to get interaction on your blog is to comment on each other’s posts (just make sure you actually read the post and show this in the comment). Make sure you read all comments and reply. If you read a blog post and like it, be sure to share it on your social media and tag the writer.
Many bloggers will check who shared their post and interact back. It all helps with reaching a wider audience.
Having a network of bloggers that read your work can help with feedback. Bloggers are generally good writers and will see small mistakes you might have missed, as they are looking at your post with fresh eyes.
I’ve shared a post on social media and a few minutes later had one of the #TravelTribe send me a private message pointing out a minor error. I was able to sort the error quickly, not long after the post was published.
For me, this is the most important benefit of networking. We all need friends, no matter how much of a loner you are. Networking allows you to develop friendships with people who have similarities and a similar role to you. This makes blogging less lonely and you can be there for each other, like you would get in an office environment.
You can arrange meet ups with each other and create a social aspect to blogging. I have met up with some of the #TravelTribe several times, and we’ve always had fun. As we are spread out all over the UK we try to meet somewhere different each time. Doing this has made me feel a part of something.
How To Network
So now you know the whys, you need to know the hows. There are several ways to start networking.
Attend Events And Conferences
Events and conferences are a great way to meet other bloggers. They are normally motivating and high energy places, everyone is excited, so making friends is easier.
Make sure you take business cards so you can exchange contact details easily.
Engage In Twitter Chats
Joining a Twitter chat is a great way to get more engagement and make friends. Don’t just answer the questions though – interact. If people like or interact with your answers, follow them and reply. Reply to other people’s answers, retweet and like. Do as much as you can to show you engage and are passionate.
You could even follow up with those you engaged with after the chat. Look at their profile, read one of their posts and comment. Just be sure to join chats that are in your niche.
Join Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are great. Join several that suit your blog and be sure to join in. You can ask for advice, help other bloggers by answering their questions, share happy moments and be encouraged when something not so good happens.
Facebook groups tend to have daily threads. These can range from commenting on each other’s blog posts to increasing Google click-through rates, sharing content and even giving feedback on writing. If you join a thread, be sure to follow all the rules though – there are often a lot of rules that go with them.
Networking is vital to blogging. It makes the experience a social one where you can grow your blog and gain support. You can make long lasting friendships with like-minded people too. Remember, other bloggers are not your enemy, don’t see them as competition. There’s plenty of audience to go around and supporting each other makes us all stronger. with a vision to make
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