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:
- 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!)
- 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)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.