This time last year I had no idea of the online blogging community. I wasn’t active on here and I never really spoke to anyone who had similar interests to me, whether that was by a direct message or commenting on their Instagram picture.
Over the last few months I’ve realised the incredible power it holds and if its something you are struggling with, I’ve included tips how to ‘find your tribe’ further on in this post.
Whether thats sharing a blog post of yours that they liked, engaging with your social media accounts or just asking how you are doing today, I have received nothing but love from the blogging community. As someone who doesn’t have many in real ‘friends’ and can find herself quite lonely, I would hate to be without it now and the support it provides. I’ve watched various bloggers come together to help each other out, case in point when the lovely Rebecca’s dog had a serious accident and together we raised £3,000 on his Go fund page to support his operations. Together we can do incredible things and make positive changes.
Some days are just shitty (sorry but it’s true), and when you read a blog post about someone going through a similar journey, it feels so, so comforting to know you are not alone and that other people have been through it too, and survived. I know that the times when I’ve been brutally honest on social media about how I’m feeling there is always a few people there to pick me up and remind me that I’m AWESOME.
Theres nothing quite as encouraging as fellow bloggers. Whether that’s having your back if you’re thinking of making this as a full-time gig, or reminding you to keep on the self-care train and to put yourself first, they are all words we sometimes need to hear but never even realised. I’m definitely a person that thrives on positivity, and I like to surrond myself with the same like-minded people. Having a willingness behind you of people who want to see you succeed feels fab.
FINDING YOUR TRIBE
- Don’t rush. It can take months, even years so try not to compare how many comments you get on a post to anyone else. We all relate more to different kind of people, and the right people will come. Be patient.
- Curate your feeds. Are you following people who have similar interests to you? People who you wouldn’t actually mind meeting in person (introvert problems right?) for coffee and cake. Look down your accounts and unfollow people who make you feel bad and focus on the positive peeps- if that’s your thing, of course.
- Engage! Are you interacting with others? I know at first it can seem quite daunting, but no harm can come from sending a friendly message and most likely they might of wanted to reach out to you too but didn’t want to impose.
- Focus on what your putting out there. Do you feel like you are truly being yourself? People relate more to honesty and authenticity, so don’t try and be someone else and just be yourself. You’re great as you are!
What do you think to the power of the online community?