Ever wondered how to support the blogger in your life? You know it’s important to them, but you’re not sure where to start? Or are you a blogger who finds themselves wishing your nearest and dearest knew how to support you with your blogging endeavours?
Good news, I’ve made this post to help. So, either study it carefully so you know how to support the blogger in your life, or send it to your friends and family to point them in the right direction.
Read the posts
Unless you have been specifically told to never go near our blog, this is the very least you can do to show you care. We might get a little shifty if you mention them in person because it feels a bit strange. Don’t worry, though, we love you for it. There are days when we feel like nobody is reading what we’re writing so it’s always comforting to know you are.
Share the posts
Again, unless we’re trying to hide our content from people we know, go ahead and shout about it. Not only does this show you’re proud of what we are doing, but it also helps us to reach new people. Both my mum and dad regularly share my content on Facebook (bless them, they’re the best), and it always brings in a couple of extra views.
Take an interest
As you would with anything else, ask questions. There is nothing worse than when you’re really enthusiastic about something and the other person gives you nothing back. So, if the brilliant blogger in your life starts talking about something, try throwing a few questions out there to continue the conversation. If we pitch an idea for a post to you, be willing to discuss it and help us to develop it into something great.
Better yet, START the conversation. Questions you could ask:
- What posts do you have lined up for the future?
- What are your blogging goals for this month?
- How many views did you have today?
Do the little things
The thing bloggers struggle with is time, and never having enough of it. If you can lighten the load a little, I beg of you – do it. You’ll be in the good books immediately. Perhaps you can take care of making dinner, entertain the kids or maybe take the dog out for a walk so we can squeeze in an extra 30 minutes. Whatever works!
If our heads are in our laptops, bring us a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of water and a snack. Sometimes, we fall into “the zone” and these little things pass us by. We like to know you’ve got it covered.
Another good thing to do is if you happen to see something which could help us, send it our way! Neal regularly sends me articles with blogging tips and my dad has sent me a blogging planner printout, to name a couple of examples. It’s a simple way of showing support, but it means so much.
Accept our stationery obsession
We’re bloggers. We write. The growing pile of notebooks and increasing collection of pens are now a fact of life. Planners are essential. We need all the stationery we’re buying. They go hand in hand – it’s not our fault.
(I don’t make the rules, sorry.)
Celebrate our victories
If we are bursting with pride when we share something with you, plaster a smile across your face and get happy, too. Whether it’s a follower milestone, a new comment, a sponsored post, affiliate sale, or anything else which makes us giddy, it’s a big deal. That’s why we are so excited.
If you’re not sure why it’s so exciting, don’t be afraid to ask. Don’t just brush it off with “oh right”. This links back to taking an interest. A much better response is “that sounds great, what does it mean/involve?”
Take it seriously
Blogging is hard work. It involves so much dedication. It’s also something that is very important to the people who do it. For me, it has been life-changing. It sparked something in me which I’m not sure I would have discovered otherwise, and I’m glad every day that Neal sees and appreciates the importance.
When we have our eyes glued to the screen, it’s because we have a post to finish and share with the world. If we tell you we need to take part in Twitter chat, we need to. It’s important to help us grow. Basically, if we are putting our all into it, please don’t laugh at us. We’re heading towards a greater goal, whatever it may be, and it matters. Got it? Great!
Remind us it’s okay to take a break
If you notice we’re getting overwhelmed, it’s okay to tell us to step back and have some fun. We’re probably lost in a blogging bubble and it might not always go down well, but know we appreciate it. If we haven’t come up for air for a while, suggest going for a walk or watching something on TV. We’ll resist at first, but probably thank you later.
Be there for us
Some days, blogging is tough. Our views are low, and we feel like it’s not worth it. We start comparing ourselves to other bloggers and it seems like we have nothing to offer. If we start talking negatively about it all, we need you to be our biggest fan. Remind us why we started, or of the last success we had which made us ridiculously happy. Cheer us on because this shows you understand it matters to us and we shouldn’t let a bad day or week undo all of our hard work.
Understand the importance of the community
I have met people through blogging who I consider friends, even though we haven’t met (yet). I care very strongly about their success. This sometimes means I use my time to help them and answers their questions. Other times, it means I want to read their blogs and comment.
While sitting and socialising might not look like we are working, it comes as part of the package. So, if we start talking about blogging pals, don’t reply with “they’re just someone from the internet.” They’re a real person ON the internet who we have connected with and enjoy talking to. They’re supporting us and we want to do the same for them.
Knowing how to support the blogger in your life is vital because we all need a little help sometimes. It might look easy (although, if you’re living with a blogger, you should know it’s not by now) but it can be very demanding. Knowing we can come to you for the support we need makes all the difference. There’s a lot of comfort to be found in knowing someone is on your side.