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15.5.14

5 ways to stay in the blogger loop




Sometimes it can be easy to get disheartened with blogging. So you’re following the “Big Bloggers” seeing all the comments from their adoring fans, the snazzy events they are attending, the freebies they are receiving and how does it make you feel? Well pretty shit actually and a little bit like packing it all in.
I’ve never been a big fan of negativity. It took me a long time to realise that actually negativity is a choice and that we ourselves often create an environment for negativity to grow. Feeling like you are constantly being rejected from the elite club these bloggers seem to be party to can create that environment so here are some easy ways to get your blogging mojo back by engaging with the blogging community. At the end of the day the big bloggers have worked hard to get where they are, they’ve put in the groundwork and it’s paid off.
So stop moping, put the chocolate muffins down (for the love of god that was a family pack!) and be proactive. Once you start engaging with your fellow bloggers you’ll realise how uplifting it can be to relate to others in the same boat and to help each other out.
1. Join in blogger chats
There are so many sites on twitter which run a bloggers hour – get involved. Or if you aren’t ready yet then at least read the tweets coming in, usually they have a topic or theme which may well relate to you. @fashionbeautylife run great chats and you can also check out the hashtags for #bloggershour for up to date chats from all over the world.
2. Advocate other blogs and bloggers
Blogging is about connecting with people be that your readers, brands or other bloggers. Don’t isolate yourself. Kindness costs nothing

I tend to spend my lunch breaks searching Twitter for blogs. All those “check my blog” “check out my post” tweets, I pick a few and actually visit the sites. I then follow or leave a comment and tweet my “Discovered blogs” at the end of the day. It might n ot seem like a lot of effort but I've discovered some great blogs in this "lucky-dip" fashion and it shows the authors behind them their efforts are being appreciated. Also m
ake sure to retweet links bloggers have put up, reply or favourite them to show that they are being heard.




3. Attend Events and Masterclasses
Obviously this isn’t always possible due to costs and geographical locations but try and attend as many events as you can, networking is vital to meeting other bloggers and getting your name out there. If you can’t make events try looking for online masterclasses or courses or self-teach yourself skills such as
SEO or HTML Coding, you can and should always be seeking to improve your skill set.
If you’ve found something interesting online which has helped you and may help others then share it! If you attend an event why not share your notes and insights to those who haven’t been able to make it?  You may well benefit from the shared knowledge of someone else one day, what goes around comes around.
One of my all time favourite blogs is Pretty Little Wild Things Serena designed my blog for me and regularly posts tutorials on little ways to improve the technical aspects of your blog.
4. Spread positivity
Like, Comment, Share.

You know when you scrolled past that person’s status or tweet about feeling disheartened with their blog or wanting to give up? How about you scroll back up take a look at their blog and offer them a compliment or some constructive feedback? How about your share one of their blog posts you like?
Because sometimes the difference between giving up and picking yourself up carrying on can be a kind word of encouragement.
5. Enter competitions
Google “Blogger Competitions” “Blogging Competitions” “Writing Competitions” and have a look at what you find, you’d be surprised how many there are out there and they are a great way of getting your name out there. Twitter is also great for small blogger run competitions. And what do you do when you find one? Share it.
As much as it feels like it sometime, blogging isn’t actually an elite club. It’s a network and sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in counting stats and envying others that you forget that your little corner of the internet is just as important as anyone else’s. Someone may read your blog today and relate to something in it without you even knowing it; it might make their day. You never know!
So why not be proactive and positive in the meantime and see where that gets you? I personally love engaging with my fellow bloggers, sharing ideas and lamenting common problems so let’s help each other out a bit
Ps... Here is a tip of my own to get you started on the "helping each other out" bit:
Often Blogger events are free or inexpensive. The travel options however are not.
Ever thought of using Megabus? Yes not too glamorous is it? My first year spent travelling between Plymouth and Bristol, suffocating for hours on the stenches of the bin at the front and the toilet at the back was enough to make me pass my driving test first time.
However Megabus also run trains! Lets face it UK trains aren't exactly luxury but I'll take a table seat in Carriage D over a cramped chair next Mr Bodyodour on a coach anyday.
Here is my cost comparison for my upcoming trip to London for the Superblogger Masterclass. Next time you want to attend an event or an open day save yourself some pennies and book with the Megabus train :)
More info can be found about the Masterclass as well as sign up list for those of you interested in a copy of my notes here

24 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic post hun. You certainly cheered me up the other day anyway. Positivity is definitely the way forward, and the blogging world needs some this week!xx
    http://www.aimeebelleblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad it helped, I've received so much positive feedback about the post from the blogging and non-blogging community :)

      xx

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  2. Such a great post Milly! I had my blog for about 5 months before setting up a twitter, i wish i had set one up earlier because i've discovered so many great blogs and the blogging community is so so friendly! But i completely agree with you how negativity is a choice and all these tips are very useful! Thank you so much for sharing, and also for following me, i really appreciate it! look forward to more posts from you :) x
    Life as a Petite

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    1. I've found Twitter really helpful especially the blogger chats and blogger hours :) I've really enjoyed reading your blog too, it's always nice to meet someone with a similar positive outlook to blogging. You should always blog because you love it :) xx

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  3. I love this post - so positive! I think that when some people start blogging, they immediately expect to be heard or followed, when in reality, we should just be blogging for our own enjoyment. Also, the tips about joining in on social media sites are so important, it's where I get the majority of my followers.
    Daniela | danielascribbles blog xo

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    1. Totally agree with you there! I was on #fblchat and #Bloghour last night and met loads of great bloggers. I'll be spending my lunchtime catching up on new blogs now :) Also really glad you liked the post xx

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  4. Great post! So much positivity! Completely agree with you about the kindness and sharing the love!
    http://mummysbeautycorner.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Dagmara :) I'll be heading over to your blog in my lunch hour to have a read! Really happy you liked the post xx

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  5. This is such a great post! I've never really thought about negativity being a choice, but it is actually very true! I also think its so nice that you tweet about the new blogs you have found, definitely a great way to spread the love!
    And can I say I really love your blog! Your posts are all so well written!

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.co.uk

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    1. Really happy you like the blog Lauren :) Sometimes when I'm having a really bad day it's a comment or a like or a follow from someone that cheers me up so I always try to return the favour. I'll be popping over to your blog during lunch to have a read, I love discovering new bogs <3 x

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  6. Great post! I totally agree with all the positiveness that you've pointed out here.
    Come and check my latest giveaway. I think you'd like it :))

    Lu, www.balgarka.co.uk

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    1. I will indeed! I do love a giveaway :) And I'm really glad you liked the post xx

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  7. This post is brilliant! Completely opened my eyes to new aspects of blogging. And totally inspiring. Thanks so much!

    Will be giving you a follow, would love it if we could chat too?

    Emma | www.dinosbeautydiary.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. Thank you Emma, I'm really glad I was able to help you :)

      I'll pop along to your blog and follow back and connect on twitter so we can chat <3

      Milly xx

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  8. This is such a positive and inspiring blog post, it's nice to read a blog post about being upbeat when there is quite a a lot of negativity around at the moment! Love you blog :)
    stephaniejayne-xo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I've noticed a lot of negativity around at the moment too, there's no need for it! I love reading peoples blogs and promoting great posts I find :)

      Really glad you liked the post, I've popped over and followed your blog, bloglovin, pinterest etc... God I love Pinterest!

      Nice to connect with a fellow mummy blogger too! I'm currently 26 weeks along with my first, a little girl :)

      Milly xx

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    2. Thank you for the following me, i've just gone and followed you on twitter, be able to keep up to date with everything that way. Oh your a week in head of me, are you excited? I cannot honestly wait. There's so many little bits and bobs i see when i'm out and about that i want to get, I will never be rich now i'm a mummy-to-be haha! It is nice to find someone who is as far as long as me! :) xx

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    3. We've bought a ridiculous amount of clothes and general cute baby things :)

      Our nursery furniture arrived today too, I can't wait to set the nursery up!

      Yay! So happy to find a mummy blogger <3

      Milly

      xxxx

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  9. What a great post, it really explains perfectly how I'm feeling and going through right now. You can read all about it here where I have nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award before even having read your post: http://marshmellowbyeva.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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    1. Really happy I inspired you Eli :)

      I'll head over and check out your post!

      Milly xx

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  10. Amazing Idea, I am glad I found this. it is so demoralising when you don't get any comments .... I really want to get more involved in blog hours but not sure when they all are or the right hashtags. Check out my blog I have a GIVEAWAY on too, so please enter:

    http://everyonewantstosmile.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I nearly always miss them, it's only by luck that I catch them every now and then but they're worth getting involved in if you do see them pop up!

      I'll take a look at your blog no problem :)

      Milly

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  11. I loved this post!im a new blogger myself, only started last week and this really helped me. I always have trouble finding events :( your blog is amazing! Love, Alex
    Aleximalerichxo.blogspot.com xoxo

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Alex, are you on Twitter? If so feel free to follow, I'll follow back and help you out however I can, it's not always easy when you start! :) Really glad you like my blog

      Milly

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