Blaugust Reborn: Five things every blogger should do to connect with other writers

While I’m not going to speak for all of us gaming bloggers, I will say that for many, there is great appeal in being part of a community that shares our experiences and thoughts. We like being connected — and it’s beneficial, too, since you find inspiration, encouragement, guidance, and even traffic that way.

But how best to do this? Here are six suggestions that I would advise up-and-coming bloggers to apply to their regular routine to connect with other writers:

  1. Twitter stalk. Twitter is still the most common way that many of us stay in touch with each other, bounce ideas off of each other, and promote our blogs. It’s very much a give-and-take thing, so don’t just expect everyone to follow you but you don’t have to do the same. Instead, stalk as many other writers as possible (and news sources to get inspiration for writing prompts!)
  2. Comment. I’m terrible at this. A total hypocrite for writing this, because I don’t comment on others’ blogs nearly as often as I should. But I *should* is the point, and so should you. Bloggers adore getting good comments far more than hits, because it means that what we wrote sparked conversation and debate. So get out there and chat on others’ sites! (plus, it makes THEM more aware of YOU, and you know, traffic ensues)
  3. Encourage. Someone write a good post? Let them know! You see a blogger struggling that day? Toss them a few words of encouragement. Can’t think of what to write today? Draw up a post highlighting some other blogs you find really inspirational and worthwhile. You could make someone’s day with a little bit of effort — and even a new friend or two!
  4. Cooperative projects. It’s so cool to see bloggers get together to work on cooperative projects. This could be two bloggers agreeing to write on the same subject (and link to each other) or a few weird music-loving bloggers collaborating on a soundtrack podcast.
  5. Learn. Everyone has something to teach, and I have learned so much about blogging by watching what others have done and picking up on techniques and approaches and writing styles. You can’t help but become closer to those you admire and emulate, all the more so if you let them know what they’ve (unwittingly) done for you.

13 thoughts on “Blaugust Reborn: Five things every blogger should do to connect with other writers

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus August 8, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    “Comment. I’m terrible at this. A total hypocrite for writing this, because I don’t comment on others’ blogs nearly as often as I should. ”

    I came here explicitly to see if you would mention comments because you barely ever reply to comments on your own blog, much less actually comment elsewhere.

    But otherwise I am in full agreement that comments have value well beyond page views.

    Also, you say you have six suggestions, but your list is only five long, so let me fill in the missing item: Link out to other blogs on the same topic. A pingback isn’t a comment, but it is still an acknowledgement in a way that somebody is listening and it makes people aware of other blogs. It is a very easy way to share the love.

  2. bhagpuss August 8, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I would encourage bloggers not only to comment on other people’s blogs but also to reply to comments that they get on their own. I try to reply to every comment on my blog, not because I have to have the last word but because before i had a blog of my own, when i used to comment extensively (some would say excessively) on other peoples’, I would get a huge buzz when the blog-owner replied back to me. It was a significant spur to my eventual decision to start a blog of my own.

    Sometimes, especially with very short comments, there’s nothing to be said but almost always there’s a cue into a deeper or broader discussion and if not you can always just say “thanks” or 🙂 .

  3. Pasduil August 8, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    The best thing about blogging is having conversations. If I ever give up posting entirely it will most likely happen because of a lack of any back and forth conversation via commenting.

  4. Telwyn August 9, 2018 / 3:19 am

    I try to do the first three as much as possible, and like the sound of projects but haven’t seen many. Also the replying to comments does make a difference IMHO, it’s nice to know your comments on another blog have been read and added to a conversation.

  5. Syp August 9, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Very true, and I know you’re good at that!

  6. Syp August 9, 2018 / 11:35 am

    It is a great part and one that keeps my enthusiasm going.

  7. Syp August 9, 2018 / 11:35 am

    That’s a good reminder!

  8. Syp August 9, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Well I have to give you something to complain about me, Wilhelm! It’s my gift to you.

    Honestly, I have so little time these days. I’m always rushing from one thing to the next, so my “hang out on the internet” time is really limited. I do see my efforts to support the blogging community mainly in MOP’s Global Chat column. I like promoting good posts and getting traffic sent to people who deserve to be read.

  9. Wilhelm Arcturus August 9, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    They say you should go with your strengths, and complaining is it for me!

  10. Gevlon August 13, 2018 / 7:10 am

    You wrote a good post. I let you know by commenting!

    I see you are struggling with commenting day? Here, take a few words of encouragement!

    PS: I avoid twitter, it’s a horrible thing created by the devil to create hatred and division among mankind!

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