I’m only in my third month of blogging and I’m loving it. Except one thing.
When I first started I thought the blogging community was like a family. Close, friendly and always supporting one-another. And to be honest, for the most part, it is like that.
But I have also noticed that there are a lot of what I would call blogging snobs around. It sort of reminds me of being back in high school. It’s both hilarious and pathetic. Be humble, remember who you are and where you came from in every facet of life. Blogging included.
I’m fortunate in that I already own a successful business outside of blogging, and already make money from my blog thanks to my many years of experience as an SEO.
But for those just starting out, blogging and making money online can be a very daunting experience. Without knowledge, all we have as humans is doubt, fear, hope and wonder among other things. It can be overwhelming. You’ve been there, so have I, we all have, so always stay grounded and have enough class and integrity about you to help new bloggers out.
That doesn’t mean you have to become their mentors. That means you follow them back if they follow you on social media. That means you reply to their comments on your blog, and return a comment on theirs. That means you share their content and engage with them.
Simple things. You’re not too busy. That’s a shit excuse for being a snob.
Nobody comments on my blogs. One dad blogger unfollowed me after following me, and recently followed me again. Another dad blogger ignored my comments on his blog, but replied to comments from more established bloggers. Both have been blogging for years, and I get more impressions than them after 2 months of blogging. It should be me being the snob.
Fortunately, I am and always have been a lone wolf. I’ve worked for myself, from home, since I was 18 minus a 2-year stint at a marketing agency. I don’t need interaction or praise from others, and it’s a good job because I’d be depressed by now with how some bloggers behave.
With that being said, however, there are a lot of awesome bloggers out there who always have their arms open to new bloggers and will go out of their way to help.
I actually reached out to the lovely Emma Drew in my first month of blogging asking her if she’d answer some questions for a blog interview for me, and she said yes. She does very well for herself and had no idea who I was. I told her I was a new blogger. She could have easily ignored me.
Emma is a great example of how all successful bloggers should carry themselves.
If any new or struggling bloggers read this and need any help or support, drop me a comment or email anytime and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. I have time for you.
Don’t be pretentious. Don’t be obnoxious. Stay humble. Be kind.
Love your craft. Love your peers. We’re a family.