The best part of The Blogger Project is getting to talk about topics we’re super passionate about outside of the realm of food blogging and health. Today’s post is probably the one I am most passionate about.
I am extraordinarily lucky in getting to meet and speak to a lot of different people about my blogging business. Time and time again I answer the question, “what do you think made your blog successful?” My answer is always the same: The amazing and supportive network of bloggers I have around me. The Healthy Maven would be nowhere without this community.
It truly is the one thing that made all of the difference when it came to growing my blog and eventually running it as a business. Having a tribe of bloggers who supported my efforts, became a resource for valuable information and encouraged me on the hardest days helped to keep me on track and motivate me.
Hard work pays off, but no man is an island and especially not in the blogging world.
So what does it mean to have a blogging tribe?
Your blogging tribe is your crew (or squad if we’re being socially relevant). They’re the people who will back you up, share your content, be your sounding board and when the going gets tough will always encourage you to move forward.
They will also expect the same from you. Be a source for information. If you learn something new, share it! If they land an awesome deal, celebrate them. You get nothing from being a jealous-info-hoarder.
This tribe should be small. Just a couple of people who are looking out for each other and check in frequently. They’re the people you turn to with your blogging questions, pass names along to clients and celebrate with when you get your first buzzfeed.
How you define your tribe might be different from the next, but at the end of the day you support each other 100%.
I can’t discuss this topic without sharing about my own blogging tribe. It’s no secret that Lee and I are kind of obsessed with each other, but we also have a small crew of other bloggers who we work closely with that also make up our tribe. Lexi, Britt, Gina, Lee and I all run healthy food blogs. Though slightly different, we are all a part of the same world and while most people would assume we’d consider each other competition, we actually view our friendship as an asset. We promote each other consistently on social media, are a go-to about blogging questions or issues we’re having with clients and our monthly round-up post has become an awesome way to cross-promote.
The way we view it is that if one person likes their blog, they likely will like mine, and vice versa. We have nothing to lose by sharing each other’s content. If anything, we have a lot more to gain.
So how do you go about building your blogging tribe?
More often than not your blogging tribe is right in front of you. They’re the bloggers whose blogs you go to first and they likely do the same to you. While I would love to be in a blogging tribe with Oh She Glows, she has no idea who I am so that likely won’t be the case.
They’re the bloggers you’ve gotten to know more personally and you’ve likely emailed back and forth (or at least some form of communication).
- Connect with the people who are “on your level” – while Lee is about 2 years ahead of me in blogging, we shared the same goals. Build a crew of people who are working towards the same or similar things. Don’t attempt to build a relationship with someone who has been blogging for 10 years and is doing this professionally if you’re pretty new.
- Start off with a genuine friendship – Don’t go approaching bloggers who you don’t really know. The truth is that with internet relationships, you can’t really know. But try to get to know someone authentically before you start working together professionally.
- Give Give Give – Nothing drives me crazier than bloggers who are greedy. We each have something to offer and even if you’re new at this, you still can contribute. Give as much or even more than you take. Don’t go around asking a million questions without giving anything in return. It gets old and no one will want to work with you. That is all.
- Don’t be afraid to ask! – I mean this in two ways: Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they want to be a part of their blogging tribe. If you worry they might say no, you probably shouldn’t be asking them. The people who you find yourself wanting to promote, and they consistently promote you should be the first people you ask. And also don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you’re confused about plugins, rates or really anything, ASK. These are your people. Make use of them.
- Formalize your group – I don’t mean this in the sense that you have to go out and buy a domain and incorporate, but create a facebook group or thread and start using it. Know that you are a mini tribe and don’t be afraid to acknowledge it.
- Think outside the box – Sharing each other’s content and using each other as a resource is certainly a great use of your blogging tribe, but try to think outside the box. Our group does a monthly round-up series, which at the time no other blogging group was doing. Think about what you guys can do to stand-out and grow as a whole.
One of the best places to meet fellow bloggers is in Facebook groups. We love our TBP Community because it’s full of bloggers at all levels helping each other out. We consider this more of a community but within it we love seeing little tribes develop. If you’re not sure where to start to get to know and meet bloggers, start there.
We’d love to hear about your blogging tribe or struggles and successes you’re having with setting them up. Comment below so we can create our own little tribe here on TBP