How to Support Other Bloggers

The secret to success in life, business, and blogging is support, but knowing how to support others isn’t always easy. Blogging, whether it is a business or a hobby, can be very time consuming. After spending hours brainstorming, writing, formatting, and promoting a post, I’m ready to step away from the computer and focus on something else. However, community is a big reason many people blog. To build a community you must engage with other people, and to do that, you must support them.

The secret to success in life, business, and blogging is support, but knowing how to support others isn't always easy. Here are 5 ways to show support...

5 Ways to Support Other Bloggers

1. Comment on other blogs

For some reason, commenting on blogs has fallen out of style, but this is the best way to let a blogger know you read a post and what you thought about it. Start by commenting on posts by bloggersΒ who comment on your own posts.Β It’s the polite thing to do. It says “thank you for spending time on my blog” without actually saying that.

2. Share posts

If you like a post, share it! Tweet, pin, like, whatever, but give that post some love and share it with the rest of the world.

3. Host a linkup or roundup

A great way to support other bloggers is by creating a place for them to showoff their own posts. Linkups are nice because they allow bloggers to choose what posts they want to share, but featuring your own roundup of favorite blogs is another good way to promote other bloggers.

4. Give a shout-out

You don’t have to dedicate a whole post to another blogger, but if someone does something nice, mention it in one of your posts. Did someone send you happy mail? Is your outfit inspired by another blogger? Let people know!

5.Β Follow them on social media

Social media is a crazy numbers game with bloggers doing all sorts of contortions in an attempt to increase their followers. While giveaways and groups can help your numbers grow, genuine engagement should be the ultimate goal. While there’s nothing wrong with the follow/follow back rule, there’s no point to your feed if it doesn’t inspire you. So, if you like a blogger, checkout what they’re posting on Instagram or sharing on Twitter. Show your support by following them, and they just might follow you back.

How do you support other bloggers?

How have other bloggers supported you?

P.S. If you liked this post, you might enjoy Confessions of a Small-Time Blogger.

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39 comments

  1. When I first started blogging (like 8 years ago), commenting on blog posts was HUGE, but that’s because social media wasn’t huge. I still try to comment on blogs that comment on mine (and whenever I see a post that I really enjoy). But with the rise of social media, I can see why comments are down all around. But I agree that you should comment on blogs that comment back. And I used to have a feature on my site called Feature Fashionista where I would shout out bloggers that I like, but I had to cut that simply because I don’t have the time. But now I do host linkups. Very awesome read!
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  2. Yes about commenting. Yes I have noticed that it has fallen out of style, but sadly that is b/c of the intensely competitive mindset now of bloggers. It is all about numbers and not just that but even faking it. So everyone is “too busy” to comment on other blogs and when they do they comment back on their own blog, bc/ it makes it look like they have more comments then they do and two it is faster. But the thing is when you are first staring out that is how you grow your blog. I feel bad for anyone starting how now. I sometimes say, what is going to put me off blogging is other bloggers. Bloggers are going to destroy their own medium by being so self serving. The whole thing is going to implode.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  3. I really love when people comment on my blog because it’s the surest way to see people are reading. Plus, I like hearing what people think! I always comment on your blog (if you have one) if you comment on mine…and then I try and comment elsewhere too when I have time to explore!

    -Lauren
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  4. Omg this is sooooo important in our little blogging world, especially as social media seems to be replacing us πŸ™
    Thanks for the reminders and the support!

    xoxox,
    CC

  5. Cheers to commenting on other blogs! When I first started blogging, comments were such a HUGE part of community, and I would sometimes wake up to more than 80 on a single post. Like you said, commenting has fallen way out of style in recent years; but it’s still one of my favorite ways to interact with fellow bloggers!

    xx

  6. I love it this post. For me is always important support to my bloggers friends and not friends (just people that visit sometime my blog and leaves a comment) Always commeting back. I support a lot of bloggers in IG and I hope the same.
    xx

  7. Yes, yes, and more yes πŸ™‚ Wonderful post, momma. And so very true this is. It’s funny… when I first started blogging, I had all of these blogs I read voraciously. And then one day it dawned on me that these bloggers had NO idea I was stopping by AND that their content meant so much to me. It’s important to give shout-outs on social media, too. I don’t do that nearly enough, but thank you for the reminder <3

    XOXO

  8. Call me old-fashioned but I agree with you on all fronts. I still think the secret to success is other bloggers. I love that you wrote this because I feel like blogging has been so thin lately. I don’t know why! I am still going full speed ahead. And so are you!

  9. The blog world is so great, there is a ton of support. I feel like bloggers are more supportive to each other compared to other social media platforms. I have seen so much negativity on social media but in the blog world I have had a really great experience.
    Simera |Beautetude

  10. I love your tips!
    I try my hardest to do a majority of these. I won’t lie, sometimes I get behind on commenting…. I hate when I do that. BUUUT I always try to make up for it.
    Collabs are the best!! πŸ˜‰
    XOXO

  11. A resounding YES to all of these! I try to reply to every blog comment I receive, reciprocate on the commenter’s blog, and also leave comments on posts from bloggers I follow, as well as leaving comments from posts on link-ups. Whew! It does get exhausting! I will admit, some of my comments are better than others, but sometimes the topic just leads to better conversation. I love the blogging community! I had no idea it would be so supportive when I first started πŸ™‚

    Can I rant about my pet peeve a little? Follow/unfollow. GRRRRRR. It is just so rude. I may occasionally unfollow someone on social media, but it is generally because they aren’t interesting anymore, they spam post every 2 seconds, they constantly berate me to buy their product via PM, or they say something that I just can’t in good conscious listen to. Instagram is the worst for people following and unfollowing. I’ve gotten to the point where if you follow me and you have like 12K followers and are only following 60 people, I don’t even bother following you back (unless I really love your stuff). The first time someone with an account like that followed me, I was really flattered, like woah, but then a few days later they unfollowed. Boo. Major let down. I tend to follow for follow and like for like out of courtesy. If you like one of my pics, I hop over to your feed, scroll down until I see something I find interesting/beautiful/clever/etc and give it a like. If you follow me, I generally follow back, unless I find your feed offensive or something I would hate to look at all the time. I just don’t understand the mentality behind the follow/unfollow thing, it seems very mean girl and unsupportive to the max. Okay, sorry. Rant over. I didn’t mean to write a whole saga on your post. πŸ˜€

    Cheers to be supportive!!!

  12. #word !!! I so agree with everything you wrote and also trying to do the best to be supportive and also to do deliver a good blog and also hint about others eventhough i totally don’t have a big blog !!! ❀️
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  13. So true! I don’t understand why commenting or and responding to comments is falling out of style either. I believe there’s room for all of us because everyone has a unique voice, and it’s important to cultivate those diverse voices. And I’m all about paying it forward – it benefits everyone!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

  14. Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for this post. And for the other one you linked back to “Confessions of a Small Time Blogger.” So much of what you’ve said here resonates with me. I’ve been blogging a long time, too (since 2006) and I feel like used to comment more on blogs, or feel like we were engaged that way. Now with all these different social media platforms, we are both much MORE connected, but in a way, less as well.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    xo
    n