It’s time for another Group Writing Project from Problogger. This time the topic is “How Tos.” There are prizes to be won, but more importantly there are a bunch of new blogs out there waiting for you to discover them. Check out the link and join the fun.
This post is my entry for the latest project and was inspired after the last Group Writing Project I participated in (Top 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self). I had a lot of fun and met some new bloggers who share many of the same interests I do. They take blogging seriously and love to do it as much as I do. I realized then how important the concept of community is in the blogging world and how much is to be gained by all who are actively participating. Here are some tips to follow so that you can help out other bloggers and add to the community as a whole:
1. Leave comments that add to the discussion. Those of us who blog are dying for recognition. Well, actually we’d just love to hear from you, especially if you’re new to our blog. Leave comments if something strikes you about a blog or blog posting. Be sure that your comment adds value, though, and isn’t just a “me, too” or link baiting.
2. Check out their sponsors or hit the tip jar. Blogging is hard work -really. It costs money to purchase a domain name and hosting. Even if it’s a free host, it takes a lot of time and hard work to put together a blog and post regularly. Whenever I get something useful from a blog, I try to check out their sponsored links if I can’t always give a monetary donation. Every little bit helps and it’s a way you can pay back just a little for the useful information you’ve gotten.
3. Link from your own site. If a blog entry is particularly interesting, link back to it from your own site. I know there is a tendency of some to shy away from re-blogging, or posting links to other bloggers posts, but if you can add something to the topic, your own personal take on the issue, do it, and remember to link back to the original posting.
4. Keep finding new blogs and share them with your readers. There’s so much great information out there in the blogging community that you owe it to yourself to seek out new blogs. You’ll always be able to find at least a little something different from what you already know. When you do find something new, share it with your own readers. They’ll thank you for it.
5. Tell your friends and people you meet. We can add to the blogging community as a whole by telling people we know about it. The blogging community is about community, right? The people around you, your family, friends, and coworkers, can benefit from being a part of it, too. Let them know about all the cool stuff you find. You might be surprised at their response.
If you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment or contact me to let me know about. Thanks to Darren at Problogger.net for another cool contest and for helping to build a bigger and better blogging community.