Although I’ve had this blog for a little over four years, I’ve been blogging for longer than that.
If you’ve read my posts where I talk about why I started this blog, you’re probably aware of the fact that I’ve owned blogs before this one. It’s just they were very cringy and didn’t really represent the person God was changing me to be.
It was not until I started investing more into this space that I began to connect to other bloggers through Facebook groups and on social media. Since doing so, I’ve found that I’ve felt very encouraged and supported as a blogger.
Today, I am going to share with you some of the reasons why I love the blogging community!
I’VE MET SOME AMAZING PEOPLE
I’ve met some incredible people through blogging that I don’t think I would have met if I had no taken the risk to do. For example, I shared on my Twitter account how I was waiting for something that I’ve been praying for to come to pass and quite a few people reached out to me to express that they were praying for me.
I know that sounds like small potatoes to some of you, but I found that to be so encouraging and sweet. That these people, who have never met me in person, care enough about me that they’ve been keeping me in prayer.
Speaking of, there’s even one person I met online who’s a fellow blogger and we exchanged numbers so we can pray for each other. She lives in a state that’s many miles away from where I live, so I don’t think we would have ever met otherwise.
I love that blogging has allowed me to meet people like you all, who I get to interact with, encourage, and help through life’s joyous moments and life’s challenging ones.
I HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT SEO AND MARKETING
Before joining the blogging community, I would’ve had no clue what SEO meant. As someone who is in the education field, there was really no need for me to ever learn what SEO meant let alone invest in the tools to maximize on it.
However, being a part of the blogging community has helped me grew in my knowledge of different plug-ins, tools, and resources to grow in this area.
I GREW MORE SKILLS
Speaking of growth and skills, I’ve learned way more about things like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and coding than I learned before starting to blog.
While people often assume that bloggers just step in front of a computer, type all day and interact on social media with their audience, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes and a lot of skill that’s required to do it.
Besides, many of the bloggers I know are self-taught in the sense that even though they did not go to school for marketing or a related field, they’ve invested in their craft to get better without the help of a university.
THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY IS SO SUPPORTIVE OF EACH OTHER
Although I am sadly aware of some of the blogging drama that has occurred within the blogging community, I have been more aware of how supportive and community-oriented the blogging community is.
I love seeing other women support each other and share resources.
I love seeing other bloggers support each other’s endeavors and promote the products and services.
I love seeing other bloggers cheer one another on.
I’ve even seen some of the bloggers that I currently follow seek to encourage other bloggers to know their worth and to not settle for things that will cause them to compromise their beliefs and their authenticity.
If I had known that such a community existed over seven years ago when I started blogging, I would have definitely joined sooner. I am still looking forward to the day when I’ll be able to grab coffee with you all.
YOU WILL FEEL LESS ALONE
Although I started blogging with the intention of it being a creative outlet for me, I realized quickly how lonely it can feel. Even in 2018, there are a lot of people that don’t see the value or purpose of blogging. They think it’s a lazy career choice or a silly hobby. I think I can speak for many bloggers when I say that sometimes it feels like you have to explain why you blog to people you may know, who still think that blogging is all about getting free things. It can feel really isolating sometimes – especially if you’re a full-time blogger, who doesn’t have a team working with you on your blog.
This is one of the ways that the blogging community has really helped beat the isolation that one can easily feel by blogging. While I still find that I have to explain why I blog to other people, I feel comforted knowing that I am not alone.
While some people feel that they still have to prove their worth as a blogger to brands that they wish to work with who want them to promote their products for free, it’s comforting knowing that there are other bloggers who relate.
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN
Although I am a full time educator, I willingly blog after work hours because it’s something that I enjoy. It’s something that I love. I love being able to interact with and encourage other people. I love being able to grow more and support other bloggers as they aspire to do the same. I love getting to celebrate with other bloggers who have reached their goals and are thriving in the areas they’ve been gifted in.
What was birthed from an outlet of mine has given me the opportunity to really join a community of sisters. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s the truth. In a lot of ways, the blogging community feels like a sisterhood comprised of women like myself who truly enjoy what they do.
If you are a blogger, what do YOU love about the blogging community? If not, who are some of your favorite bloggers?