Bloggers helping (and not helping) Bloggers

This is an old post but I thought I’d bring it over to my Squarespace as the points are still relevant (if not mildly patronising). I hope you’ll find it helpful.

*I’ve also adds a few, tongue in cheek tips for handling bloggers who DON’T help others. 

Now, as a blogger, I assume you’re already very good at promoting your blog. You, like I, probably spend a good proportion of your day tweeting, Instagramming and pinning your blog posts, hoping to gain a larger following day by day. (*edit: I rarely do this. I’m a lazy fuck.)

But how good are we at promoting each other? I know I’m not great. I’m so busy that I barely have time to promote mine, let alone anyone else’s, but part of my blogging resolutions is to get that bit better at helping other bloggers.

I might be teaching you to suck eggs here, but there also might be some tips you haven’t tried yet. Here’s how we could all grow the blogging community;

Twitter

Seen a brilliant post? Tweet about it! If there’s a particular blogger, that you find hilarious, sling them a #FF or ask your followers to check out their blog. Any time I’ve had a promotional tweet from another blogger my heart actually warms. Wouldn’t it be nice to give someone that feeling?

Instagram/Pinterest

We’ve all had that super envious feeling when a fellow blogette or blogdude creates a post with an AMAZING photo. Why not shark that bad boy on your Instagram and give them a little shout out. Or, you could pin it to one of your boards and share the link.

Commenting

Now this is my personal Everest. I am always on my mobile which I find can be a pain for commenting on blogs. I rarely get to my laptop and if I do it’s to edit photos or put together an in depth post (*edit: LOLz I never do this!). But commenting on other blogs is so helpful. A bit of constructive feedback or general encouragement really does brighten our day.

Advertising/Blog Spotlights

If you are the Billy Big Bollocks of Blogging, why not help out us mere minions with a spotlight? Or offer advertising packages. The gorgeous Georgina Grogan of She Might be Loved had my amateur blog button for a couple of months. She also took the time to write a post that featured a bio from me and that day, my visitors rose by 400%.

Adverts/Affiliate links

Where possible, bloggers partner up with advertisers or get accepted onto affiliate link partnerships. This is how a lot of bloggers make money, but not a lot of dough by any means. If there’s a blogger, who you support, and they have adverts, just click on them once or a thousand times (depends on how much you like the blogger). One of my favourite bloggers, Becky Bedbug is beginning to use Google Adsense and I’ve promised her at least 200 clicks. (*edit: Still a  fave. Still haven’t clicked 200 times but at least 5 times. Out of guilt, imma go click more.)

Similarly, if a blogger indicates they have affiliate links (most don’t) then give those links a click and make your online purchases through them.

If you’re a blogger who has affiliate links, perhaps indicate that in a post. That way, next time your supporters want to buy something online, they can follow one of your links and you could earn the commission.

*edit: Bloggers who DON’T help others

In the Bloggersphere there’s always going to be one bad egg. The girl who is rude, who doesn’t reply or makes up wildly unrealistic lies about going on Richard Branson’s first trip to the moon, that you can’t help but want to take a chunk out of. I know I do! Taking someone down a peg or two has been a favourite past time of mine since the time I served Michelle Heaton in River Island and told her, ‘You were only in Liberty X you know.’ when she behaved like a total spoilt brat in my store.

BUT it also does you no favours. 9 times out of 10 every single blogger that follows you is 100% in agreement with what you’ve said. You cut that bitch down, but what about the brands that follow you? The ones who want to work alongside you but don’t want promotional tweets of their wares littered with cat fights?

Block is your friend

It’s super tempting to wade in (I always do) but inevitably when you look back at your tweets, subtweets or blog posts you’ll think 2 things: 1. I’m hilarious and 2. That was a bit silly.

I tend to use the Block button with wild abandon nowadays. Said something offensive? Block. Boastful? Block. Immature? Block. In support of Zayn? Block. It’s liberating! The only time I ever then have to deal with those girls’ shit is when someone sends me a screenshot. Thanks for always hitting a sister up.

Don’t give traffic

Is there a blogger who always writes controversial posts that offend 95% of people? Or posts that are so poorly written, you’ve assumed their cat trod across the keyboard and hit ‘publish’. Maybe they’re writing stuff that is super unhelpful to the Bloggersphere. Then just don’t visit their blog. If we stop feeding the trolls, eventually they’ll starve from lack of attention and die off. Here’s hoping!

I think, as a community, we need to make a concerted effort to not feed the trolls, they do nothing to help our blogs.

Let’s focus our energies on bigging each other up and take to Whatsapp to do impressions/bitch about the Bad Eggs of the Bloggersphere.

*light-hearted, remember, kay?

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19 Comments

  1. September 25, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Love this post Vix! It’s so true. Blogging should be a community. Can’t wait to meet you at the bloggers blog awards xx

    http://www.freydefleur.com

    • Vicky Jones
      Author
      September 25, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Yay! Fun times ahead x

  2. September 25, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    Loved this post! I’m so glad you’ve re-published it. At times hilarious & always spot on with your points. I love to promote others when I’m able to, I love the community spirit it brings & if it helps one of my readers/followers find someone else they can relate to that’s great! There will always be bad eggs, who are definitely best ignored. They’ll get bored in the end of no one pays them any attention. Xx

    Tania | <a href="whentaniatalks.com">When Tania Talks</a>

    • Vicky Jones
      Author
      September 25, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      Yes you’re so right! Thanks for your words too.

  3. September 25, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    I totally agree except for the "offensive" part. I believe you have to say what you believe. Obviously that doesn’t mean "hurtful" or "cruel" or things of that nature, or targeted attacks on people who didn’t ask for the negative attention, but I would rather read someone taking a stance on something than uhhhh another damn Pinterest collection. Agree or not, I respect a blogger who can take a stand and shout their opinions rather than the one who has to please everyone and would never raise her voice.

    • Vicky Jones
      Author
      September 26, 2015 / 12:05 am

      Opinions are good. Being offensive just for attention? Not good. I agree people should speak their mind but any decent human being still needs to be mindful of their audience.

  4. Becky Bedbug
    September 25, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the clicks! One day closer to a life free of learning walks!

  5. September 25, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    I love this post! Commenting on blog posts has been something I’m trying to get better at (I generally suck at it) because who doesn’t want that lovely feeling you get when the notification pings up?!? I’m all for sharing the love, and promoting blogs that I love. I’m a regular #FF tweeter, and recently did a post dedicated to my favourite bloggers ❤️

    The one thing I really love about the blogging community is how supportive it is, so its always my pleasure to contribute to that.

    Kara

    http://www.spreadthesparkleblog.wordpress.com

    ❤️

  6. September 26, 2015 / 9:26 am

    Girlllll, this post has made my day as only this morning I was thinking I want to be more supportive of my fellow bloggers (I know I try my best already but I want to push the boat out!) my tweets this morning are just that! Really loved this post as it’s super helpful to just get helping!
    Bee xxx

  7. September 27, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    haha such a good post, I like to think I’m a nice blogger, I do posts to highlight blogs I love and I always tweet if a particular blog post catches my eye. I’ve also come across the not so nice ones and what really gets my goat is when the not so nice ones seem to be far better received than me – either they know how to be nice to the most important people or I’m not as nice as I thought I was?!

    Jade x
    Girl Up North | <a title="UK Lifestyle Blog" href="http://www.girlupnorth.co.uk">UK Lifestyle Blog</a>

  8. Charlotte
    September 27, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    I totally agree with all of his post! I struggle to comment on blogs, as you say, it’s a bitch trying to comment for. A mobile (fun fact though I’m commenting on this from my iPad, I am good) but I started trying to keep a list of which blogs I wanted to comment on … Urgh it all needs work!

    Anyway, I’ve only been blogging since June but so far I’ve met mostly good eggs, and the one bad egg? Every single event I’ve been to she gets brought up. Damn that’s good traffic there!

    Charlotte | http://www.discoveringcharlotte.co.uk

  9. September 28, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I love this. Bloggers really need to give each other more credit. I’m the same as you and mostly comment on my phone (like now and this is my 2nd attempt), and it’s so bloody hard. I probably should make a conscious effort to tweet posts I love more and so #ff but it’s hard to juggle. I do love pinning from Instagram though, there’s so many pictures I love on there I have to pin xx

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  10. September 28, 2015 / 11:54 am

    This made me giggle so hard. But behind the humour I think its a very good message. It shouldn’t be about beating the next person or being jealous of numbers (fyi mine are shit) but supporting each other, offering advice and having fun. Unless the post is deep then don’t laugh. Good read lovely 🙂

    Bex x

  11. October 6, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Oh, this brightened my evening! Well said!Liberty X were big, you know? 😉

  12. Charlotte Steggz
    October 14, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Love this post. The way I give back is with my friday links list, but there are a few people who just never give love back, you know? Like, I’m busting my (lady)balls trying to be nice to them, comment on their posts, tweet them, link them, and I don’t get anything back. There’s only so far I’m going to go for someone who can’t say hi back.

  13. November 28, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Haha this made me laugh! I never get involved with the Twitter spats, however tempting they are. Fab post & I hope we all do share a bit more love after this post! Pinning pictures into your boards is such an easy way of doing it as well, that’s probably my favourite way. Gweni xxxx

    http://www.gbeauty.co.uk

  14. Emma
    December 29, 2015 / 10:52 am

    I love this – gave me a good giggle even though I’m back at work! I’ve been so stunned and surprised by the good will and support shown by bloggers on social media, it’s a lovely community.

    Emma | EisforEmma.co.uk

  15. January 4, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Just found this post on twitter and absolutely LOVE it! There are just some bloggers and their posts that I really want to wade in and say something like – really are you that out of touch with reality and humankind?! Dumb ass!! But then I think . . . Count to 10 and don’t reply!

    The majority of bloggers these days do not do it full time hence lack of time like you said, feeling you over here! I think I need to interact more!

    Once again LOVED the post and will defo be back! 🙂