The blogging community can be incredibly supportive and is one of the best things about being a blogger. When starting out it can feel like you are on the outside looking in. These handy tips will help you find other bloggers to connect with and start the journey of forming genuine relationships.
Join blogging groups on Facebook
Facebook groups are a great starting point when finding your blogger tribe and fortunately there are plenty to choose from. You can find general blogging groups or ones more specific to your niche. A lot of groups are closed which means you have to request membership but usually all that is required is a link to your blog. Once you are in, engage! Check out other peoples blogs, leave meaningful comments and use the space to network.
Get chatting on Twitter
To find bloggers on Twitter, follow the numerous blogger RT accounts. This will keep your feed updated with fab content from the community. Be active and engage with bloggers whose work you enjoy. Send supportive tweets and retweet their content. This often leads to positive interactive that can blossom into a meaningful connection.
Don't be afraid to slide into the DMs
There is nothing wrong with taking the direct approach and DMing a blogger you would like to collaborate with or get advice from. If DMs aren't your thing, send an email. This usually works best if you've had some social media interactions prior to the email/DM. Manage your expectations as not every blogger will reply and don't take it personally if they don't.
Attend blogging events
Getting to know bloggers offline is a great way to get to know a bunch of bloggers at once. Smaller events with plenty of time scheduled for networking are best. Going solo can be scary but it forces you to actually get to know new people. You can find events by searching on Eventbrite and check out the BBB event calendar.
Don't neglect the comment section
If social media isn't your thing, then head to the comment section of your favourite blogs. Leave comments with links back to your blog. Be sure to click 'follow thread' to engage with any responses you get. You'll be surprised at how many connections have started in the comment section.
Most importantly be genuine
You can always tell when someone isn't being true to themselves and seriously there is no need. Engage with bloggers you really enjoy, be they small, medium or large. If you click and form a friendship great, if not keep looking for your tribe.