This post is from contributor, Adrienne.
Have you been trying to build your blog following, but seem to be hitting a brick wall?
The most important thing you can remember about building your blog community is that it takes time. There’s a big blog world out there. Be patient and give your blog a chance to grow!
Check out these 6 surefire ways to build your blog community:
#1 – Visit and comment on other blogs.
Read other blogs and comment, comment, comment. Your comments let the blogger know you were there, you read, and you relate. There’s nothing better you could do for a fellow blogger than support her. Comment threads are also a great place to “meet” other bloggers. Be sure to leave genuine, relevant comments. You never know who’s reading them!
#2 – Seek out others within your niche.
Connect with the people who are talking about the topics you write about. Search keywords and hashtags on Twitter and follow others within in your niche. Respond to their tweets and share their content.
#3 – Share the love.
It’s not just about you. Be sure to share posts from fellow bloggers via social media. Blogging is one of those things where you get what you put into it. Share and be shared!
#4 – Get involved in community.
Find a Google+ community, Facebook group, or blogging community and get involved. Don’t just join and run! Invest some time in the group. Get to know others by joining discussions and visiting the blogs of those you meet.
#5 – Pick one social media platform.
Social media is a bit overwhelming at times. There’s so many choices and never enough time in the day to keep up with all of it. Try picking one social media platform and making the most of it. Give this one platform all you’ve got. Follow others, share, tweet, like, or +1 your heart out; just focus on one platform at a time and make the connections matter.
#6 – Avoid Follow Back Requests.
Don’t be the blogger who begs for others to follow back. Follow or subscribe to a blog because you enjoy reading it, not because you’re looking for return followers.
In the end, building your blog community is like building any other relationship. Get to know others and let them get to know you!
Adrienne is a homeschooling mom of two and author of The Mommy Mess, where she writes about homeschooling, motherhood, and everything in between. Her writing is always honest, sometimes sarcastic, and never perfect.