I was overwhelmed by the number of comments I received on my blog post Love the Blog You Have and the support it got on my social media channels. It was encouraging to see that so many bloggers agree with what I wrote, how important it is to stay true to the reasons why you began to write in the first place.
One of the comments left on the post, by Caro, really made me stop and think. She wrote about those bloggers who are fantastic writers and photographers but who somehow fall through the cracks. They don’t get the exposure that some blogs get.
I’ve been thinking this over since she left the comment, about how we could come together as a community to really support those bloggers. We all know how amazing it feels when you write a post, pouring your very heart and soul into it, and then you get comments affirming, agreeing, and supporting what you have written. I still get a tingle when I see that someone has taken the time to not only read what I have put down, but to leave me a little note to say what they thought as well.
How can we make sure that we are sharing the blog love as much as possible? Not everyone knows about the linkys that are available where you can share your best posts of the week. These are great tools for finding new blogs but if you don’t know they are out there, how could you join in?
This week alone I have found two new blogs which I simply love. One is very new, and the other is quite a bit older but they are both quality blogs who don’t have many followers.
I don’t want to suggest a new linky as I think the blogging community is currently overrun with them. My twitter timeline is forever awash with promotions of people who have joined in with various linkys, and that’s okay, I just don’t think there is call for any more.
The same goes for newbie showcases. These are fantastic for getting your name ‘out there’ but only really apply if your blog is under a year old. How about people who have been plugging away for longer than that?
I don’t know…I’m simply spouting ideas and hoping not to offend the fabulous writers who run those particular linkys!
What I really want is to somehow find a way for us to discover those hidden gems and say hi, yes, you are being read, keep up what you are doing because it’s really great. Let’s be honest, I bet there are times for us all when we feel like nobody is engaging with what we are sharing except for maybe family members. That can be very discouraging and it can be hard to keep going.
So I’m throwing this out there, could we have some kind of showcase where we recommend great blogs we’ve found? Or is there something like that already that we can link in with? Maybe you think it’s entirely unnecessary and we should just allow those blogs to keep going without being descended upon by the masses. After all, something like this will only work if people get behind it.