This might be a shock to some of you, but guys, blogging is a lot of work. From taking pictures, to brainstorming post ideas, to being present on social media, to all the extra learning, late nights, and content pitches – it’s a lot to handle whether it’s your full-time job, whether you’re in school, whether you’re a mom. But luckily for us, with blogging comes a great community. I have no idea how I even functioned and kept up with blogging before I met all the fabulous ladies that I have met. No idea, what. so. ever.
I could go on and on for days about the blogging community and how I personally thing it’s the best type of community out there, but I’ll save you from my boring thoughts. Instead, let’s talk about your blogging tribe – how you can benefit from one, how to find your tribe, and what I’ve learned from my tribe. Exciting stuff, amiright?
How you can benefit from having a tribe
The thing with blogging is that it is really hard to understand it all if you’re not a blogger. None of my “real life friends” fully understand the work I put into my blog, but my blogging gals do. Your tribe is there for you – to celebrate your accomplishments, to pick you up when you are down, you’ll always have someone to e-mail an ungodly amount of times throughout the day (*ahem*, Cristina), they teach you new things, help you brainstorm blog post ideas when your brain is absolutely fried, tell you what photos to Instagram and what to caption them.
Basically, you can benefit from having a tribe all aspects of your blogging and “real” lives. The best thing is knowing you have a group of girls (and maybe some guys) that understand the whole blogging thing and can help you through it when times get tough, and it’s an added bonus when they understand and can support you in your “real” life.
How to find your tribe
Dare I say, “your vibe attracts your tribe.” But it’s true, don’t let anyone tell you differently. It’s like in “real life” when you’re trying to make new friends – no one wants to talk to someone that is constantly negative, putting others down, or doing things that don’t reflect who they truly are. Be yourself, your tribe will come.
Until then, connect with other bloggers. Comment on their blog posts (they worked really hard on them, you know), engage with them on Instagram and Twitter, and just be friendly! This is how I met my gal pals *cough* tribe, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Word to the wise: don’t rush it and don’t force it, it’ll all happen naturally!
What I’ve learned from my tribe
I’ve learned that I’m not the only one that has random rooms in their house that smell like farts, I’ve learned that quadruple texting is a thing (because if someone doesn’t answer, they will if you just keep texting them), and I’ve earned that voice-to-text is a great tool when you’re lazy AF and don’t feel like using your fingers to text.
Oh, you meant, you wanted me to be serious and tell you what I’ve actually learned from my gals? I’ve learned that even though consistency is key when it comes to managing your blog, it’s OK to take a few breaks throughout the week. Stressing over your blog won’t do it any good, your blog needs you rested and ready to go (& academics always come first!!!!!!!!!!). Although I’ve learned a lot from these lovely ladies, the most important thing I’ve learned is how to be happy for other women and not to look at them as competition – we should be empowering each other and supporting one another. That’s how we become successful.
Now, the most exciting part of this post. I’m sure most of you know here (we only tweet and snapchat about each other, like all day long) but if you don’t, meet my blogging wife, Cristina.
Cristina and I met via the blogging world last year and finally, this past summer when she was in Boston, I got to meet her in REAL life. And let me tell you, she is as wonderful as she seems on her blog, in her snapchats, and on social media. I can’t even begin to image what my blogging experience would be like without her (and without her e-mailing me all the time #iloveit) and today is a very special day. Cristina is launching her new blog, Cristina Was Here. I got a little sneak preview of it previous to todays launch and I’ve never been so excited and proud of her in the whole year that I’ve known her. The best part is, I forced her into a little mini-interview so that I could introduce you to her, and her new blog!
Seashells + Sparkles: What are your blogging goals?
Cristina Was Here: As of now, I feel like I want to blog forever. I’ll be 85 and updating you about the latest knitting patterns and how to make the best chicken soup. But really, I want to grow this blog as I grow. I hope to start more weekly features on CWH and maybe even do a newsletter some day. In the long run, writing a book would be super cool or maybe even launching my own product. Personalized to-do lists? Pens that sing Beyoncé songs? Who knows.
SS: What is the best way to get people to keep reading and coming back to your blog?
CWH: Believe that your readers are your friends and they will be. After all, they are the main support system for your blog! So ask a lot of questions, get their opinions and thoughts, write posts that are curated to their questions and needs. The next step is just to create a well designed corner of the Internet for them to come to. I’ve really made sure that my blog is easy to navigate, so that people have a good experience while reading and searching it, and they’ll want to come back!
SS: What are your favorite plugins and which do you think are the most important for bloggers to have on their blog?
CWH: I love WordPress Popular Posts! It’s a great way to showcase your best work and to keep drawing traffic to older posts. I’m learning more and more about plugins and which ones are “must haves” for the blog (Pinterest is a great resource!). I just want people to feel like they stepped into a chic, fun, and lively corner of the Internet when they visit Cristina Was Here!
SS: Tell us about your blog launch.
CWH: I knew that Cristina on Campus was a temporary home from the moment I made it. I just needed a place to get started and a place to get my footing. I wanted to switch to being self-hosted on WordPress after a year of blogging, so I got my domain. It took a while (*cough* erm….. 6 months) to get it up and running, and ready for viewing, but I think it was totally worth it! I think it’s very “me.” It’s got my favorite colors for branding and a lot of references to my quirky-ness. I love it and I hope my readers will, too!
How do you benefit from your tribe? Have you ever found it difficult to bond with other bloggers? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below!