#BlogTrends – Tips and Tools for Building Your Blog’s Community – Dec 19

Q1 Why is it important to build a community around my blog? How important is social media in this process? #BlogTrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A1 If your goal is to have a blog with lots of people commenting and engaging you then it is very important to network & build #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A1 positive community engagement is really where it’s at. readers can interact with each other on common ground.#blogtrends

@blackblondeone: @BlogTrendsChat Building a network helps with opportunities as well. #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A1 Social media has clearly launched itself into a great place to network and meet new people which needs to happen to build #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A1 when people get together, anything can happen. collabs, connections, new friends. & if you want comments, you need community. #blogtrends

@BlogTrendsChat: It looks like everyone really thinks social media is necessary to be successful in networking and finding readers#blogtrends

@gritandglamour: Twitter is my fave! RT @BlogTrendsChat: It seems like twitter is the land of opportunity! Bloggers should make full use! #blogtrends

Q2 What are the best tools and methods to start building my blog’s community? #BlogTrends

@blackblondeone: @BlogTrendsChat A2 Talk to your readers! Check out their blogs and comment. Talk to people on twitter. Don’t be shy. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: @BlogTrendsChat You must have sharing icons, to start. And go out there and comment sincerely! #blogtrends

@tineey: @BlogTrendsChat twitter and instagram are my faves to extend the blog conversations #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: If you’re not commenting, you’re an island. People respond to interaction. Community is about support and togetherness. #blogtrends

@tineey: @BlogTrendsChat on site, i have disqus and the built-in tumblr community #blogtrends

@BlogTrendsChat: Connect with your readers! It will get your farther than you think! #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A2 social media (twitter, comments), but really, it’s all about reaching out. contact people first & be thoughtful.#blogtrends

Q3 How do I get my community to interact with me and my blog? How do I get more commenters? #BlogTrends

@blackblondeone: @BlogTrendsChat A3 Contact readers, chat them up but sincerely. Start a friendship and they will come.#blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A3 This also goes along with commenting genuinely. It’s the golden rule – treat others like you want to be treated#blogtrends

@gritandglamour: @BlogTrendsChat The only way to get comments is to give them. Interact on smaller blogs to start. Make friends!#blogtrends

@BlogTrendsChat: Sincerity is really treasured. Be yourself and reach out because you want to, not because you want more views.#blogtrends

@BlogTrendsChat: @gritandglamour says to start small and build friendships. Great advice! #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A3 be a real person – not a PR machine, a product shiller or a voice that you think is popular. be you. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: The more you chase #s, the more elusive they become. Focus on content, authenticity & kindness and you will make progress. #blogtrends

@BlogTrendsChat: We’re learning that community growth can be found through genuine communication. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: @mbhahn Fashion bloggers are a slightly egotistical bunch. Flattering comments or highly engaging dialogue work best. #blogtrends

Q4 How do I manage and keep up with my community when it grows? #BlogTrends

@gritandglamour: @BlogTrendsChat Ah, the double-edged sword. You grow through frequent interaction, then you grow so much you can’t keep up. #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A4 I think also being better w/ time management. See what you can cut out to invest in your blog. #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A4 Sometimes it can be very overwhelming when your community grows.it can be best to pick 1 day to not post but to just reply #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: I have always been a networker and my blog is kind of an extension of that #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: @DigitalKaitlyn I have found networking difficult but twitter and blogging helped! #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: I have regular guilt about not being able to respond/comment as I did–love my G&G family! Hard to manage with a full-time job. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: I try to give #FF shouts to frequent commenters and jump out to their blogs when I can. #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: @BlogTrendsChat You know who is awesome about maintaining her followers? @sassyuptownchic #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: I think it is also easier to reply on social media more than on blogs, so at the very least be sure to reply to your tweets! #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: I used to respond to every comment. I can’t now, but that laid the foundation. Readers know I’m still the same girl! #blogtrends

@StyleOnTheCouch: @gritandglamour work/life/blog is a balance. Often hard to fit it all in. #blogtrends

Q5 Other than Twitter, what are some ways to stay connected to my community and become part of other blogger’s communities? #BlogTrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A5 I think forums are a very under utilized tool, if you can find a good one on any topic of interest it’s a good place to start #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: @BlogTrendsChat Join chats like this one! Host events locally! Do guest posts! #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A5: Featuring other bloggers or linking to them on your blog is a great way to stay connected and show your support. #blogtrends

@theowlgurl: @BlogTrendsChat Facebook and others like lookbook.nu, chictopia and the most common one blog commenting.#blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: @blackblondeone I agree about guest posts & events,you’d be surprised how many bloggers or fashion lovers are in your community #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: Also venture out! Go to fairs, markets, etc and network. Don’t limit yourself to blogging events. #blogtrends

@stylepint: @BlogTrendsChat go offline and meet people IRL…network n go to events to build your community #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: @DigitalKaitlyn It’s true. Even if they aren’t bloggers, they are potential readers or fashion aficionados.#blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: How do you balance it? RT @StyleOnTheCouch: @gritandglamour work/life/blog is a balance. Often hard to fit it all in. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: @DigitalKaitlyn I used to sacrifice sleep. Now I schedule tweets, write when I’m inspired, and comment when I’m able. #blogtrends

@StyleOnTheCouch: @DigitalKaitlyn @gritandglamour planning & more planning! I have an idea of what I want to blog & try to schedule in time #blogtrends

@tineey: @BlogTrendsChat chictopia is a great way to connect with other style bloggers #blogtrends

@bagaddictsanon: @DigitalKaitlyn I don’t even get one for every post… 1 a week and I consider it a good week 🙁 how do I up the number? #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: @bagaddictsanon I am the same, I would say spend a day or two leaving some thoughtful comments on other’s blogs #blogtrends

@luvfromafar: #blogtrends I’m a HUGE fan of meet-ups.I’ve hosted a few over the last year and my blog life is so much richer as a result

@gritandglamour: Going to conferences is huge (#IFBCon, #BlogHer). Virtual friendships are often cemented once you meet in person + they’re fun! #blogtrends

 

 

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