5 great reasons why you should share other blogs

Follow other blogs
Daniel Leone

 

Do you follow other blogs? If so, why? What is it about other blogs that makes you hit that ‘follow’ button? Is it their sense of humour? The topic they cover? Or just that you like the photos they use?

 

Follow other blogs
Sharing is cari- ooh, donuts!

For me, it’s about more than that, I look at it on a larger scale; I follow and share other blogs not only because I think they’re great, but because I can learn from them.ย  I saw a tweet the other day that I really liked from an account named ‘Blogger Love Share‘ and it’s run by a blogger called Clementine. I love the fact that she is invested enough in blogging to want to highlight other bloggers and help the community to connect with each other.

 

Clementine’sย blogย is all about the things she loves. Now, most of them I don’t love, like nude summer sandals, and I don’t read the same books that she does, but I love her informal and friendly writing style and it’s one of the many blogs I’m using to learn from, and mold my own writing style.

In blogging we can become too consumed in our own numbers, whether it be blog followers, email list subscriptions, or the traffic we get. And these are important because they add to the affirmation that we’re doing a good job and it gives us confidence to go on and keep writing.

But bloggers shouldn’t be so consumed in those numbers that they don’t acknowledge other great blogs. I read a bunch of blogs and most of them aren’t even in my niche, I then share these blogs because a lot of them are damned good and I want others to discover the and read them.

Share other blogs

Can you imagine if everyone was so competitive and refused to share anything? Nothing would be read, and we’d be left to stare at our own writing, urghhh, no thanks. If people didn’t share my posts (please do) then it would be left to my little brother, God bless him, to read everything I write.

As bloggers, we’re totally reliant on people sharing our content across social media, via email, and by word of mouth. So why then, as bloggers, are we so reluctant to share other people’s work? I honestly believe that it boils down to one simple thing; fear.

We’re scared that the content we’re sharing is better than our own and that readers may prefer it to ours. We fear losing our readers to other, better blogs. Now: there’s two ways you can choose to look at this. You can either nod and agree with the previous statement, fold your arms, sit back, and take comfort in the fact that you want your readers to yourself. OR, you can look at it as a challenge. Challenge yourself to writeย better and to produceย better content, that way you’ll not only improve your own blog, but you’ll also be a better goddam person.

In this post I’m going to give you 5 reasons to share other blogs.

 

Spread the word

I share blog posts and articles because I like what they say, and I think my readers and followers will too. I always have my readers in mind when I’m sharing across social media and especially when I’m linking to other blogs in my posts. I shared Clem’s blog because her writing’s great, I shared her twitter account because I think it can help other bloggers.

Share other blogs

Social media is all about being ‘social’ so what’s stopping you from socialising and spreading the word beyond yourself?

Pro tip

When you share an article, make sure you tag the blogger/website in your post. That way they’ll know you’ve done it and it can lead to a possible professional relationship with that blogger, networking is a massive feature for writers…

 

Create links and network

See, I told you. Networking and building relationships isn’t a hard thing to do anymore. Thanks to social media, the world is now a really small place. In the past you would have to meet people face-to-face and work your socks off to promote your brand. Back then you would’ve had to have had great sales skills and an awesome pitch. Now: all you need is a phone, a good image, and 100 characters.

Share other blogs

Networking is important because it can bring exposure to your blog and other bloggers will want to share your content.ย  Hopefully,ย  it’s because you’ve built that relationship, and they’ll have signed up to your email list or followed you on social media and so they’re seeing more of your content.

I’m a big believer that relationships should be mutual and require effort from both sides. If you just take and take without giving, you’ll be on your own. And that’s not much of a relationship.

Mutual respect

By sharing another blogger’s post you’re showing that you value it. This can lead to that blogger reading your posts and sharing your writing. I’m always keen to learn from other bloggers, whether it’s their writing, their tone, or the way they design their posts and their images.

When I like a blog post, I tell the blogger what I liked about it or I’ll send out a tweet with a specific quote from the post that I really liked. this can take a bit more time than simply hitting the share button at the bottom of a post, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only are you letting your readers and followers know about some great blog posts, you’re building relationships with other bloggers.

 

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You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours

Whilst it isn’t wholly altruistic, it is so true. People love being loved, and when you share another blogger’s post or infographic on social media, you’re showing a little bit of that love and sharing it with your followers. It’s a well known fact that if you follow people on Twitter, they’ll see that notification and will take action, whether it’s checking out your profile or sharing your content. It’s the same with Instagram, you’ll have them scrolling through your pictures and hitting that ‘like’ button, which then shows on their timeline, adding more publicity to your post.

 

Creates a supportive community

I LOVE the blogging community because it’s massively supportive and other bloggers are people who are, or who have been, in the position I’m in as a blogger. because they’ve experienced what I’m going through, I find that If I ask any questions or need some advice, there are always those who are willing to chip in and lend their support.

By sharing other blogger’s posts and highlighting what you like about them, you’re contributing to the community. If you see aย  post by a blogger asking for help, it only takes two minutes to share your experiences and give a piece of advice that, while it may seem small to you, it could give that blogger the real push they need to move forward and solve the problem that they have.

 

I hope the message you take away from this post is one of generosity. There are many reasons to share another blogger’s work, some are altruistic and some aren’t,but ultimately, I think it’s just a great thing to do.

 

Share other blogs

 

As we’re all in the spirit of sharing, I hope you’ll spread this post across your various social media channels. I’m on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “5 great reasons why you should share other blogs

  1. I love this, I enjoy supporting other bloggers even if it doesnโ€™t benefit me it feels nice.

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š Exactly, it does feel good. I think if everyone had a sharing culture then we’d all be better off. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. I completely agree ^-^

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  2. I’ve been thinking to do a blog post with blogs that I love but I was hestitant. After reading this post I’ve decided to go for it. Thanks for sharing Dan!

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    1. You’re mpre than welcome Oprah! Go and do it, I look forward to reading it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. betterthangoodenough123 July 19, 2018 — 7:50 pm

    Dan,
    Yes! Yes! Yes! To me, the blogging community is as precious and joyful as the blogging activity itself. I’ve come to know so many amazing, creative, generous people – all willing to offer advice and a helping hand if you need it. We’re also a great support system for each others because we each really understand what we’re up against. Super post! Only thing I didn’t like was that there was no picture of you wearing “nude summer sandals” ๐Ÿ™‚
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com
    @joansenio1

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    1. You know Joan, you should have written my post, your joy is infectious! You make some really excellent points and I’m nodding along to everything you’ve said. Well, with the exception of me in nude sandals, the world has enough going on without that ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. You’re mpre than welcome Oprah! Go and do it, I look forward to reading it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Wow I loved reading this! Very inspirational xx

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  6. Iโ€™m gonna check out that Blogger Love Share account, thanks for the tip! Needless to say, I am following your blog as of now too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. No problem Andreas, thanks for reading. Following you too ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. Everything you just said is spot on! The blogging community is so supportive but there has to be engagement. Sometimes I feel like I’m posting into an abyss with the hopes that SOMEONE reads it haha.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel and I think a lot of us experience the same thing. Thanks for your feedback ๐Ÿ˜

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  8. Yep. The thing about blogs is that, much like books, not every one is for every audience, but every one has its perfect audience. If we can help each other connect to the readers who are going to most appreciate our work, everyone benefits.

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    1. You’re so right Sarah, there’s an audience for EVERY blog ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Great post.๐Ÿ‘ It always baffles me when people don’t share other blogs posts.๐Ÿ™„

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    1. Thanks Drew! I know, it literally takes 10 seconds to share just two posts a day

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  10. Hey Dan, this is such a lovely post! I agree wholeheartedly – it’s so wonderful to find others who love blogging as much as you do, and it’s so important to spread the word about bloggers out there who don’t get the recognition we want them to!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Nati x | http://www.curatedbynati.com | @curatedbynati

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    1. Well Nati, your lovely words have really made my night, thank you! I think we should all spread the word and some of the awesome blogs put there ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you have a lovely weekend too

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  11. Great read! Luv Clementine as well! Your writing style is cool, followed your social media acct. and repin this in Pinterest. Look forward to more posts!

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    1. Thanks very much Sharon! I’ll be sure to follow you back and check out your blog ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much Varnit ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  12. This was a great read. I try to live by this. I also agree, I completely enjoy reading others blogs.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I think of everyone did we’d be a lot better off ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. I found a lot of my fave blogs through other bloggers, and i love to think i might have introduced someone to a cool blog at some point.

    P.s. i also have the sudden urge to get me some nude sandals ๐Ÿ˜‚.

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    1. Yeah, I did too! And if people continue to pay it forward then there’ll be loads of blogs that people can discover.

      You know, I’m a real advocate for self-empowerment. So you go get yourself those nude sandals ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  14. I’ll agree with you !
    I love sharing and support other bloggers, specially if it’s “tips” related that may help myself and others ! we are all in this together xx

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

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