Today’s post is going to be a little different than usual! I thought it would be fun to reach out to those of you who DON’T blog, and have a fun conversation about how you can support your blogging friends (like me!). I’ve had many friends and family members recently who are starting to realize how big of a part of my life my blog is, but aren’t exactly sure how to support me because blogging is a totally new game for them. I don’t think the intent is ever to NOT support, but some just aren’t educated about how to go about supporting. Many serious bloggers are making an income, so it is important to not just refer to their blog as a just a “hobby” or “spending time on the internet” because it is so much more than that. It’s entrepreneurship; building a brand; supporting ourselves through our creativity.
I’ve been lucky to have an amazing support system of friends, sisters, parents and future-in-laws who support what I did 1000%. I honestly couldn’t do it without you guys; you are my rock! I know I may annoy you sometimes asking you to proofread my posts or bother you to bounce a new idea of you, but your intuition and honest opinion is what helps me stay true to my brand. Thank you in advance!
5 Ways Non-Bloggers Can Support Their Blogging Friends
1.) Comment on their blog posts occasionally
This is so huge! It means the world to me when personal friends and family members leave a comment under my post. In addition, even texting me or mentioning, “Hey, I really loved your latest post!” puts me on Cloud 9 for the rest of the day. I’m serious!
2.) Engage with their posts on social media
This is a big one. Here’s the truth that you may not be aware of: Facebook and Instagram have algorithms where they are in charge of who sees your updates when you post. Did you know that not everyone who follows my blog on Facebook can read my post when I update it? Basically, Facebook set rules where my post visibility is limited unless people engage with it. Thus, the more people like and comment on my posts, the larger Facebook and Instagram widen the audience. With the ever-changing rules and algorythms, myself and other bloggers are at the end of our rope! Your engagement matters!
If you think a post of mine is worth spreading, please feel free to share! Again, nothing makes my day more than seeing someone I personally know share one of my blog posts. Even though I pour my heart into my writing, sometimes blogging can feel impersonal because so many people I don’t know read my blog post. When I am reminded that personal friends and family love my work, it makes me feel so much more fulfilled. Plus, when you share my posts, you are opening my blog up to a whole new audience, which is super exciting.
3.) Subscribe to their blog
In my opinion, building my newsletter list is one of the most difficult challenges I face. When I first started my blog, I begged my family to subscribe to get my posts to their email. Even if they don’t open my posts, that’s fine! (P.S. If you are late to the game, you can subscribe to my blog here.)
4.) Let them spin new ideas off of you
If I’m coming to you, that means I trust your judgement. Please give me HONEST feedback, not what you think I may want to hear! I appreciate honestly above anything else!
5.) Tell your friends about me!
Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to spread ideas. A few months ago, a girl contacted me from Delaware and said that when visiting Wisconsin, one of her friends told me about her blog. I thought that was one of the coolest things ever. Just last week, we got coffee together when she was visiting family friends in Wisconsin! Whether you talk to your college girlfriend about me, your local barista, or even your grandma, IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.
BONUS! To sum it all up….
6.) Believe in me.
That’s all I ask.
LASTLY- I just want to remind you of this. Please remember it’s not about the ego.
When I ask for you to share my work, I hope you never think I’m being narcissistic. Blogging is all about sharing ideas and building community. I promise that I’m only trying to grow my reach so I can share my vision, build community, use my voice, and make a difference. <3
I want to give a shoutout to my personal support system because I couldn’t do it without you guys:
-My fiancé, Trevor // Who supported my blog from day 1 and has been so patient with me throughout the process. I love you!
-My family // My mom, dad, and sisters Kaylie and Chloe; who read my posts, help me with photos, support my crazy ideas, and have given me so much advice and love along the way.
-My extended family // Michelle, Al, McKenzie; who supported my vision; allowed me to destroy their home for DIY projects, subscribed to my blog, and believed in me from the beginning.
-My friends and biggest supporters from Day 1 // Abigail, Deanna, Laura, Katelyn, Jenna & Ashton; who read my posts, let me talk your ear off about blogging stuff, and overall support my dream.
Your support means more to me than you’ll ever know. THANK YOU <3