Blogging is HARD. If you’ve ever searched for a road map only to come up empty handed, you’re not alone. (Re)Discovering the Basics chronicles one blogger’s (Gaby’s!) journey to finding her own way in the online world. Together, we’ll open the discussion on how we blog and what both new and established bloggers can learn from each other.
Amanda’s note: The only thing I have to add to this is STOP waiting for people to come to you. Friends don’t magically appear in front you. Go out and make them. If you’d like to read the reasoning behind this discussion series, you can check out my interview with Gaby.
Y’know when you’re on Twitter and you’re following all these bloggers and you’re just sitting there and staring at the words? Your brain is spinning and your heart is racing and you pick an inane Tweet about puppies some blogger Tweeted in an effort to drum up conversations and make friends? Yeah. This was me like 6 months ago. I had no idea what I was doing and I wanted to already be at the “having friends” part with the talking and the excitement and sharing, but I WASN’T.
So what did I do? Well, I worked at it. I worked on not being afraid of what other bloggers might think in response to MY response. I worked on not being afraid to make typos (because DEAR GOD do they ever happen on Twitter). I worked on being clever and catching people’s attention while still being me – in 140 characters (that’s probably the hardest one). I also went on other people’s blogs and commented on their Top Ten Tuesdays and Stacking the Shelves and Waiting on Wednesdays, linked them back to me and tweeted at them (okay, this a mild form of stalking but WHATEVER).
Mostly, you need to feel comfortable just jumping in. The blogging pool is a BIG ONE but it’s warm and friendly and pee-free and you should just get going.
But y’know what? If you’re still scared, you should scroll down and check out some of the awesome blogging friendship stories/things people like to talk about responses I’ve collected over the last few days.
So here’s the question I asked:
And here are some of the response I got:
Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal & Amanda, YOUR HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
From the lovely Alexa:
“You tweeted me and I totally went over to check out your blog! I was in the middle of culling books, and wanted to give them to someone who appreciated them. We decided to meet for lunch at Panera, ordered EXACTLY the same thing without consulting one another, and the rest is history.”
SO. Do you struggle to make blogging friends? Maybe you have a few and have a good story. Either way, talk to me about all of the friend things in the comments below!