Creating a blogging network is a great way to take full advantage of all the knowledge and resources available to you? It’s a way of allowing yourself to learn from others while they learn from you. Are you familiar with the concept of a blogging network?
The reason I bring this up is because I’ve been reflecting on how much I learn from those around me, and how much I value their contribution to my life. I wanted to take this opportunity to give credit where credit is due, and to say thank you to all of the incredible bloggers in my blogging network.
The concept of a blogging network
Succeeding online requires an incredible array of different skills. If you’re a blogger, where do you go for help with the skills that you need to learn? That’s where a blogging network comes in. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter whether you are a blogger, a parent, an entrepreneur, or just someone looking for ways to improve your life. Tapping into the resources around you by networking with others can be extremely beneficial for everyone involved.
Online we use the term blogging network, but the same concept also applies to our activities off-line. I remember when I first started blogging and I heard about the value of creating a blogging network with like-minded bloggers. I also remember thinking, “how in the world am I ever going to do that.” Have you had a similar thoughts?
My blogging network of knowledge and support
Well, here we are two years later and somehow it’s happened. I now have the privilege of interacting with a versatile blogging network of friends that constantly contribute to my ever-growing knowledge base and success. Today I want to express my gratitude to those in my blogging network, and to tell you a little bit about a few of them. Hopefully, this will encourage you to reach out to those around you, and to be willing to learn from them as I have.
Stephen Aitchison of Change Your Thoughts. Steve is an amazing blogger who lives in Scotland, he’s been online for three years or so. We’ve become really good friends over the past year, and neither one of us ever hesitates to run new ideas by the other. As we discover new resources for improving our blogs, we share these. Steve is an incredibly likable guy, devoted family man, and absolutely determine to succeed online. I’m grateful to have him in my blogging network, and I truly appreciate all the valuable feedback he has shared over the last year. Keep your eye on Steve; he’s headed for the big time. And Steve, thank you for being such a good friend.
Robin Easton of Naked in Eden. Robin is truly an exceptional person. Her and I have had some parallel experiences living in very remote places and learning valuable life lessons from those chapters of our lives. This gave us a unique basis for establishing a friendship. She is probably more in touch with her core feelings than anyone I have ever known. You simply cannot help but be attracted to Robin’s magnetism. She has taught me the value of being willing to truly open yourself up to your readers and friends. Robin is wise in many ways and she willingly shares that wisdom with those around her. Her book is about to be published and I have no doubt that Naked in Eden will become a number one bestseller. It’s a privilege to know Robin and to learn from her example.
Dragos Roua of Dragos Roua – Brilliantly Better. Dragos has a very unique and incredibly intuitive perspective of the business side of online life. His rapid rise in popularity is a strong testimonial to the accuracy of his instincts. But Dragos does not leave things to chance. He tests and analyzes every new tactic and tweak. This includes the technical side like SEO, social media networking, and keywords, but it also includes article structure, blog design, and categories choices. He meticulously backs up his instincts with real world proof. I don’t hesitate to ask for his help in any of these areas, and he is always quick to respond. Dragos, I appreciate and highly value your input. As far as I’m concerned, your massive success as a personal development blogger is a certainty.
Kristi Hines of Kikolani. Kristi is nothing short of amazing. For one thing she’s unbelievably prolific. While covering a wide variety of topics, Kristi specializes in all things related to successful blogging, technical and otherwise. She has an excellent grasp of the value of online networking. When I need help with anything technical she is the first person I turn to. When my blog got hacked, she quickly found the malicious code and walked me through the healing process. When I need help customizing a WordPress theme, she is there. If I can’t figure out something in the social media world, Kristi quickly points me in the right direction. In addition to all this, she is kind enough to link to my articles in her amazing and successful Fetching Friday series. Kristi, you are a true gem.
Where do I stop?
Trouble with an article like this is knowing where to stop. For the sake of space I’ll hold off on the detailed descriptions, but here are three more honorable blogging network mentions I wanted to include.
Additionally, there are many, many others in my networking circle that I truly appreciate. Some have been with me for a while, others are fairly new to my circle. The point I want to make is that I highly valuable them all and truly enjoy networking with each of them.
Building your blogging network
It should be noted that I met and established relationships with each of these people either through social media interaction, or because they commented on my blog. And therein we find the key to building your own online blogging network. You must be willing to reach out and connect or nothing will happen.
Here are seven ways to start your network in the world of blogging.
1) Join a few social media sites and seek out those in your niche.
2) Leave meaningful comments on other people’s blogs.
3) When someone leaves a comment on your blog, reply.
4) Take the lead in connecting with others, don’t wait for them.
5) Look for ways to contribute, and be patient.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
7) Be ready and willing to help those who ask you.
Stay open to possibility
You never really know which relationships will come to have the greatest value in your life. The only way to find out is to reach out. If you are willing to explore the vast territory of your chosen niche, you will find other bloggers online to network with. As time goes by, you are sure to form valuable relationships with some of those people.
Remember, none of us succeeds on our own, and really, why would we even want to? Success is so much sweeter when we share it with others. I hope you’ve come to appreciate that there really is true and lasting value in creating your very own blogging network.