This blogging thing can be really interesting but if there’s ONE piece of advice I wish I could have given myself 6 1/2 years ago it would be to “make some stinkin’ connections sooner rather than later!”
There are so many reasons why you should be networking as a blogger–friendship, support, growth; and the great thing is that there are a lot of different ways to reach out and form connections when you’re a blogger or influencer. I’m definitely no expert but today I’m sharing some of the ways that you can network and find your online tribe.
A blog conference is probably one of the first things that bloggers think of when they think of networking. Not only do blog conferences give you a chance to network with other bloggers, but you also get the opportunity to connect with brands, hear some great speakers, attend workshops, and there’s all the fun swag too! I haven’t been to a blog conference yet but it is a goal of mine for next year. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are some of the bigger conferences that a lot of bloggers tend to think of when they think of blog conferences. A quick Google search for “blog conferences” will pull up a vast array of conferences to choose from.
This year’s Alt Summit took place in January in Palm Springs and tickets to the event sold out the same day they went on sale the summer before! The location and dates for 2018 haven’t been announced yet but I’m sure it will be just as popular.
Not just about a conference but also about education and community, Blog Elevated focuses on making connections with bloggers all year long. This year’s conference hasn’t been announced yet but last year it was held in October in Texas.
This year’s conference is in Orlando at the end of June. BlogHer offers a wide-range of speakers and sessions for bloggers with difference backgrounds and interests.
Geared towards DIY bloggers, this conference is as much a diy workshop as it is a blog conference. If you’re a creative person this may be the conference for you. This year’s conference is in July in Atlanta, Georgia and you can still register.
The Snap! conference is one that I would love to attend because it always looks so fun and it’s one that’s held “close” to me, in Utah. This year’s conference is in just a few weeks and always sells out quickly when registration opens the Fall before.
Blogger meetups provide the same fun environment to network with other influencers in your area as conferences but in a much more casual setting. No registration (except for a simple RSVP), no expensive ticket, a few hours instead of a few days… a few of the drawbacks are obviously that you’re generally just networking with people in your region as opposed to people from all over. It’s also usually going be a more casual “meet and greet” type setting rather than a seminar where you’re hearing from a lot of speakers. Meetups may or may not have companies involved so you might just be networking with other influencers rather than businesses. And of course you’re probably not going to get a great swag bag of goodies. But they’re still a lot of fun to attend and great way to meet some new friends.
There are SO many link parties out there, it’s hard to keep straight when they all are. My recommendation is to check out some of the ones that your favorite bloggers participate in and find the one that speaks to you! I’m currently either hosting or participating in four each month and each one is “themed”, meaning that you shouldn’t just link up any post but one that fits the topic of the link up. If that’s not your thing though there are plenty of link parties out there where you can link up any blog post you’d like to share. When you’re linking up with a party you never want to drop your link and run–follow your hosts, click around, find a new blog, leave a kind comment!
This is a fun linkup hosted by Deena from Shoes to Shiraz that I’ve been participating in for about a year now. You might have noticed my month in numbers infographics on the blog or my #LittleDoveMonthly posts on Instagram. Month in Numbers takes place on the first Monday of the month.
This is a new link up that Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me started this year where you can share what you’ve been reading lately. I’m one of the co-hosts and I have been loving writing up these posts each month and having an “excuse” to read more. I also love seeing everyone’s recommendations for new books to read! Please join us on the first Wednesday of every month.
This is another link up that Stephanie hosts with several other ladies (not myself). I first found out about it last year but finally scheduled it on my blog calendar for this year. I mean, as if anyone needed an excuse to spend $10 at Target, right? But the challenge is to only spend $10. This link up takes place on the third Monday of the month.
Year of Color is a link up that I came up with and host with some other lovely bloggers. Each month we have an assigned color and you can link up anything that fits that color criteria! We’ve had recipes, photography, fashion, crafts, and everything else you can think of linked up. It takes place the third Friday of every month and this month we’re linking all things pastel, hope to see you there!
If you’re a blogger and you’re not a member of a Facebook group then you really should be. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers within your niche, or even step outside of your comfort zone and discover some new content. Remember though to play fair–no one likes a link dropper. Actively participate and engage honestly, people can tell when you’re only in it for yourself and you’re not being authentic.
Below are some of my favorite Facebook blog groups. Over the last few years I’ve been a part of many different ones and I’ve landed on a handful that really work for me. I love these groups for lots of different reasons–some of large and some are small; some are really structured and scheduled while some are more casual; some have a lot of different threads to participate in each day, and others only have one or two. There are so many Facebook blog groups out there, really, so many incredible groups. The important thing is to find a group (or a few groups) that really work with you and your vision as a blogger. Find a group of people that you feel are supportive and not just in it for themselves. The first group listed is actually one that I co-admin with Emily from emilybogner.com and we’d love to have you join us! Click on any of the group names to take you to their Facebook page.
A few other ways to network (aka. find your tribe)…
- Instagram chat loops (I co-host one that takes place on Friday nights called Friday Fellowship!)
- Twitter chats
- Local blogger meetups