Happy International Women’s day to all you beautiful women (for yesterday). It’s almost the weekend and I cannot wait, I have a make up class to attend (eeek!). I have had quite a busy week as well, we did a really fun food and wine pairing on Wednesday night. Last night I went to the opening function for Vegilicious Cape Town as I am hoping to volunteer. Anyway, I saw a tweet by Prettifulblog this week asking why bloggers don’t support bloggers and it got me thinking…
Why don’t most bloggers support other bloggers? Is it because we fear they are our competition? Are we scared people would like them better? Whatever the reason is, this needs to change. As a blogger, who is still quite new (only one year old) the blogging community especially the beauty community does not come across as welcoming. I have seen more drama and bitterness on Instagram between bloggers rather than support. There are a few that make a concerted effort to show support to bloggers but there is more to support than just sharing their profile on your Instagram story.
While I also share bloggers’ profiles on my Instagram stories, I make an effort to read blogs, comment on the post, retweet it and like it. I may even comment on it on Facebook. Imagine you were in a class, when someone does an oral presentation, afterwards you clap, right? While we are not in high school (drama may suggest otherwise), fellow bloggers are our colleagues. Should we not care to engage with their work? Don’t you love it when a blogger supports you? To me its even more meaningful when a blogger enjoys my work, because we are in the same “class.”
Take note, I do not mean those Facebook blogging groups that say “comment on 5 blog posts then leave your link.” That to me is not support, that is just building up your statistics and followers etc. I mean taking 2-5 minutes to read the blogs you enjoy and comment on it or share it. Also, it is good when you reciprocate others’ support but it means more when you actually initiate it yourself.
Blogging is tough, it’s not an easy hobby or job (for some). Without a sense of community, it is much more trying. I have seen some bloggers show support sometimes but there is also a lot more negative comments and judgement on other bloggers. I recently read a blog post about why influencers are the worst and I was quite upset that so much hate from one blogger could be projected onto hardworking bloggers.
All I am trying to say is we are still a growing community and sometimes even I do not have the time to read blogs but when I do, I always share it. The blogging world would be much more fun and positive if every blogger supported their favourite bloggers more. I am not saying go comment and share posts you don’t enjoy, I am saying promote what you love reading, promote bloggers you relate to. If you think another blogger would be a better fit for a campaign for a brand, let the brand or blogger know.
Yesterday someone gave me some guidelines on how to write a pitch; advice I was scared to ask for in a Facebook group because some bloggers would be judgmental and say “wait for brands to approach you” or “just focus on your content.” I am uneasy and quite reluctant to ask other bloggers for anything because it feels like they don’t want to share their “trade secrets.” But this blogger surprised me and gave me the best advice, so I thought, why aren’t more bloggers supportive like this?
I always try to show support in some way. If you want to support bloggers whether you are one or not, this is what you could do:
- Comment on their blog post with a meaningful comment.
- Comment on their Instagram/Facebook posts with more than 4 words.
- Share, retweet or link their posts on your social media.
- Like their photos.
- Help if you can where it is needed.
- Let them know if you see an error in their work.
- Collaborate with bloggers.
Treat fellow bloggers as colleagues not competition. While it may seem like there are many bloggers around nowadays, there is room for everyone. Each one of us bring something unique to the table and now more than ever we should be afraid to eat alone (Listeriosis joke, too soon?).
I hope this post encourages us all to build the blogging community up instead of tearing eachother down. I would like to thank all the bloggers that always read and comment on my posts. I highly appreciate it and I will try harder to support others more. Let me know what you think about this in the comments especially if you are a blogger.
Until next post,
xx Miss Dhanusha
Disclaimer: This post is not aimed at any blogger or group in particular. It is my own experience with the South African blogosphere.
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