Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 2.

In the previews post, Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1. we talked about a few ways to Build Strong Bloggy Relationships in Blogland. We covered being ourselves, that we don’t need to pretend, that it’s very important to be persistent, that we should comment a lot and leave meaningful comments and of course make this all personal.

Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 2.

Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 2. #blogging101 #buildingrelationships

Today we are talking about other important ways to connect, build relationships, have fun and some factors that can change the results we want.

Social Networks. We all know how important these are, so I’m not talking about it as a marketing tool. But, I mentioned in my previews post that I met my very best bloggy friend chatting on twitter over a movie topic. That’s it, so silly and so simple. When you engage in conversations on social networks you get to know new people too. It’s a direct approach, usually we get quick feedback and we never know how great a friendship can turn out. Of course, this is not a one time thing and not always you are going to have a response immediately. Relationships takes time and social networks are here to help. They don’t do all the job though.

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Communities, forums and groups are great ways to make new friends. You can find them on Facebook and G+ that I know of. Some are very eclectic, some very specific but they all share in common the desire to help and be helped. The only thing we need to keep in mind is to be fair and not just take advantage. We help in order to be helped! Sometimes I don’t have the time to go everyday but I show up every now and then to share some great posts and post some of my own.

Link Parties and Blog Hops. This is our secondary source of traffic {Pinterest is usually the first LOL} and a great way to engage new people and start new relationships. It has happened that I click on a post and I fall in love with the whole blog so I just start following her/him. And some really AWESOME friendships have grown from there.

What I don’t do and I find it annoying {but hey, that’s just me} is asking people to follow back. I feel like I’m begging for attention.  And that’s not the kind of follower/readers I want. I want those that really and genuinely want to follow and read me. So when I participate in Hops particularly Facebook that you need to use your personal account, I just leave a message letting them know where I’m coming from and what’s my blog because they are not fortune-tellers to guess what’s Camila Rojas’s blog, That’s it.

I’m sure that if they want to follow they will whether I ask them or not. So I just give the love of following/liking and if they follow/like back, awesome!, if not I’ll still enjoy what they have to share. I’ve experienced that in the long run those that didn’t follow me before started following me recently. It’s cool and I’m super happy with it!!!.

Links. There is a huge debate on whether leaving backlinks is good or not. I used to leave my page as Cami @ TitiCrafty {as a hyperlink} but I stopped doing that because there is a risk for me and for the other blog I’m commenting at to be seen as spammers. So why risk it?. I know backlinks are or used to be important but when we set our accounts, usually our names are linked to our profile and there it has a link to the commenter’s blog. Just leaving our blog.com is enough too to let people know where we are from.

Taking the risk of leaving backlinks on other blogs could be perceived as being selfish or that we don’t care, when that is the opposite of what we are trying to do.  I usually sign posts saying “XOXO or HUGS, Cami @ TitiCrafty.com” {which has no hyperlinks} so people know me. And when I want to invite people to my blog or my Party I just tell them that I would love to have them, the name of the party, the date and then my sign. It’s more than enough. If they want to, they will come.  I also sign adding a second line with “Sunday Bewitch Me & Titi Link Party” when I’m just commenting on a post from a blogger that I know. It’s kind of a reminder, that by the way invites and it doesn’t hurt anybody.I’ve also read somewhere that leaving just our blogs Main URL doesn’t hurt, what is not good is leaving a specific post URL on a comment because can be seen as spam. But there is so much information about this that I really don’t know what could hurt and what could not. In that case I opted for not leaving links at all in comments.

Asking Questions. How else do we get to “know” people???… Asking questions is a great way to engage a conversation and get to know better others. We can either ask random questions on our social media or on our comments. If some ingredient, technique, or thought is not clear or we want maybe some more details we can always ask, show interest in get to understand better what people is sharing. I’m working on this myself, I’ve always been a bit shy and go asking has been hard for me. But I’m trying hard=D because I’ve seen that it really works. People love to share opinions even though at the beginning we don’t get many answers. I love when I get questions. I feel like people are really interested in what I’m sharing, it’s so cool!

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We need to think of all this as if we were actually connecting with people in person, all rules apply. We need to connect, talk, have fun, comment, politely agree or disagree, ask questions, socialize in parties, show respect, show love, get inspired and inspire others. The most important thing after being ourselves and keeping this aspects in mind is BEING RESPECTFUL at all times. It doesn’t matter if we don’t agree or if we don’t like something. We don’t need to leave negative, rude or hurtful comments, there is no winning on that. In those cases the best we can do is just leave and forget about it. And on the other hand, if we love something enough to use the idea or ideas, then let’s give the credits to whom gave us the great inspiration. It’s not going to hurt us,  quite the opposite, it’s going to help us hugely!

So, when we join these thoughts with the previews post, all these new aspects are still about the same main point: caring and being ourselves, right? So let’s keep being caring and be ourselves people, we can have SO MUCH FUN!!!

What do you think? Do you have any extra tips that I didn’t cover? We all want to be better bloggers and people, right??? So your thoughts can help us a lot!!!

Is there any other aspect of blogging that you would like me to share with you in a future post? Just name it in the comments! =D

If you want to read the first part of my Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships just click on the image below.

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  1. avatar
    November 25, 2013

    Wonderful tips – I am going to check out your other post too! I so agree with you on the respectfulness…if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!

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    Herchel says:
    November 24, 2013

    Great tips! I love the community and supportive women I have met blogging.

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    Chrissy says:
    November 24, 2013

    Great information! Blogging is so hard sometimes, but connecting with others really helps! Thanks for sharing at our Mommy Club Linky Party! I can’t wait to see more ideas and projects that you have!

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    November 23, 2013

    Thanks so much for all the tips! It’s hard to find the balance that works for me so I love hearing what works for others. Visiting from the Daily Dish link up!

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    November 23, 2013

    I am right there with you on these tips, Cami! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from MFPSOWB Party.

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    November 23, 2013

    Bloggy buddies really are amazing help sometimes, aren’t they? I try my best to be there for any blogger who comes to me and they do in return. It’s amazing what a community you can have with people you’ve never met in real life 🙂

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    November 23, 2013

    Great info for us newbies! Thanks for posting! Joining you from BloomingOnABudget.com

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    Kim Seghers says:
    November 22, 2013

    Hello , I enjoyed reading your tips about Blogging 101 Building Bloggy Relationships Part 2. It really has made me think about the blogger I would love to become. Thank you for sharing at This Weekends Posts Show Off Blog Party. I picked your blog to feature .
    Kim
    http://www.thisolemom.com

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    November 22, 2013

    HI Cami! Thanks so much for sharing this great information. I love how the blogging community works together to make sure we are all better bloggers. I really like to leave more thoughtful comments or not comment at all. It takes more time, but those spammy comments on my blog drive me crazy. We all work hard to create good content so I love it when folks actually read the post and leave a thoughtful comment. It is interesting how bloggy friendship develop. I’m trying to remember just how some of mine started. It’s not that long ago, but I really don’t remember. I do know how important it is to nurture those relationships though. Easy come. Easy go if you don’t work at them by supporting each other.

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    LBO says:
    November 22, 2013

    Thank you for this post! Found it via Juggling Real Food and Real Life. I always appreciate when people share their real-life experience in an effort to help others!

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    November 21, 2013

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I seriously started my first blog 2 1/2 years ago, and as I have grown, I have changed so much. I finally feel like I have found my niche, but now reality has set in. NOW I HAVE to make it work! Giveaways seem to help grow the fastest following. It’s amazing how much you learn as you go and just by watching people like you with such successful blogs! It’s hard not to get blog envy!!
    Jeannie @ PassionatePureLife.com

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    Zarouhi Zaz says:
    November 21, 2013

    I always think with these kinds of posts that they come from generous-spirited people! Great post; I’ve been officially blogging for 4 years now, but feel like I am just peeking out from the shadows to be more involved in link parties, social media etc, and be a bit less shy! BTW, I never leave urls to specific posts, but often sign off with my blog name, just like this – take care!
    Mama-andmore.com

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    November 21, 2013
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    November 20, 2013

    The only time I really leave a link is when I am on a Blogger blog like this one and commenting as my self-hosted WordPress because there is no option for me to sign in and blog owners have no way of knowing where I am coming from. While i am ok with you knowing I have other sites, sometimes that’s not the ones connected to the linkups and exchanges. So that for me is the hardest part about blog relationships. I have multiple blogs to handle and their are multiple platforms. It can be overwhelming sometimes but its worth it. Chrystal @ yumeating.com

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    Kim Seghers says:
    November 20, 2013

    Cami, thank you so much for sharing this at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Blog Party, as a fairly new blogger I am always looking for great advice and tips to help me become a better blogger and better blogging friend.

    These are excellent tips! I always leave comments and reply to comments with heartfelt messages not just one or two words. I just wish I was a better writer. I would love to see some tips & advice about being a better writer.

    Thank very much for sharing ,
    Kim

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    November 20, 2013

    Thanks for sharing these good tips. I pinned the info so I will have it to refer to.

  17. avatar
    November 19, 2013

    These are some great tips!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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    Bonnie H says:
    November 19, 2013

    As a new blogger, this has been very insightful. I’m learning more everyday thanks to helpful bloggers such as yourself. Thanks for doing what you do so that I can be a better blogger/bloggy friend.
    Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House

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    November 18, 2013

    Great info, tips and hints! Pinned for reference. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    Cheryl King says:
    November 17, 2013

    Hi there! I found you tips linked up on Saturday Spotlight and I really appreciate you sharing! I’ve even clicked over to part one of your Building Bloggy Relationships tips to check it out too! HUGS!

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    Jenn says:
    November 17, 2013

    This is great! I agree about the link parties…that is how I found your blog a few weeks ago and I love it! I never considered that some of my comments in other blogs could be seen as spam! Thanks for the useful advice!

    I’m have a link party that goes live every Friday at 8am PST until Thursday, called Show Off Friday, that I would love for you to stop by and link up.

    Have a great weekend!

    Jenn @ ihearthandson.blogspot.ca

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    Angela says:
    November 16, 2013

    Very informative post. I have found the blogging community such a really neat place and great mommy support system. I ve only been a part of it for a few months.
    Angela @ Time with A & N

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    Irene V. says:
    November 1, 2013

    Really interesting series Cami, pinned for future reference 😉
    I’ve found that creating a G+ community and Pinterest group board (refashion related) made a nice place to meet and know better a lot of blog friends
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

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    Sue Neal says:
    November 1, 2013

    Brilliant tips, Camilla – I especially love your point about asking questions – it ‘s one of the best ways to engage people and it’s something I always try to include when I write a post.

    PS I just submitted a comment to your other post, and I’m not sure if it’s gone through – it just kind of disappeared when I clicked publish!

  25. avatar
    October 24, 2013

    I really appreciate you writing this, as I’ve got a new goal to build my blogging relationships through comments and social networks. And I’ve started attending some link parties.

    While I was reading this, it struck me that years ago I made some of my best friends on Twitter, where conversations are natural and you can really get to know people. Many of those connections are with people in my same city and spilled over into real life…and are now my real friends, not just twitter friends.

    So right now, I’m going to go to my twitter account and set up a new list and then add it to my Hootsuite dashboard. I’m only going to add bloggers who I want to build relationships with…people who comment on my blog, who write about things that inspire me or have blogs that I love.

    And, your discussion on how to post your name in a comment was timely. I’ve always just used my real name and my blog’s home page, but I’ve been seeing people on the link parties doing it as “Karen @ Future Expat”…and I’ve tried doing that a bit lately. I think I’m going to go back to my original way of posting after reading this. Thanks for the thought provoking post!

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    October 15, 2013

    I’ve been blogging for about 6 months now and I’ve found your Blogging 101 series to be extremely helpful – thanks for sharing! 😀

    <3 Summer from Summer That

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    Vicki Hodge says:
    October 11, 2013

    Thanks for a really useful series. I’ve just started a blog and there is so much conflicting information about what to do. But your posts have reminded me of the human side and I’ll remember that as the best way to approach it! Thanks from Vicki http://www.origamigirl.co.uk

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    October 3, 2013

    These are certainly great ideas and I have seen some of your (don’t do’s) many times in comments. Being considered spam isn’t what I’d want myself or my fellow bloggers to be considered. I’m glad you offered this, though. A helpful tool for newbies and intermediate newbies 🙂 too!–Deb (DialMforMoms)

  29. avatar
    Helen says:
    October 2, 2013

    i think these are really nice tips for new bloggers starting out well done

  30. avatar
    Britni says:
    October 2, 2013

    I’ve loved both of your articles and have really taken some of your tips to heart including ones about really engaging in articles and making good comments. I used to comment on people’s posts just to comment but now I try to look through the blog a little and really make a comment that’s meaningful or not leave one at all. Thanks.

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      Camila Rojas says:
      October 2, 2013

      Hi Britni, I’m really happy that my posts have helped you in some way. In time you are going to have your own methods and your own experience which is going to make you a great blogger. It really makes me happy that you enjoy my posts and that you leave this kind of comments. It really makes my day! If you ever need anything just let me know!

      XOXO
      Cami

  31. avatar
    October 2, 2013

    Great tips Camila! Connecting with like-minded women is one of my favorite things about blogging!

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      Camila Rojas says:
      October 2, 2013

      Thanks you so much Jeanie, I’m really glad you find it helpful. keep it up!

      XOXO
      Cami

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