Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 15 Find a Blogging Buddy. The complete list can read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.
In order for us all to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting going forward in September on Tuesdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites.
So lets do this together! Day 15 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB
Day 15: Today the challenge is to find a blogging buddy or to find your tribe.
Darren admits that he is an introvert. In some ways I am too. In other words introverts can be described as those of us that find our energy renewed by spending time in solitude. Yet when Darren reaches out to people it typically results in faster growth, better quality blogging, and great impact on readers.
Darren says it would have been very easy to give up blogging in the first few weeks in 2002 yet he stumbled upon a group of people who really changed his perspective of blogging. These people helped to answer questions, relieve fears, and overcome doubts. Darren says he gradually grew his knowledge about blogging and understanding of what he was doing.
There have been times when Darren felt burnt out and yet he was able to get encouragement from other bloggers. There were other times when he couldn’t find readers and other bloggers generously promoted his blog to their readers. Darren remembers starting new blogs and feeling out of his depth with the technical side of things. Only to have people reach out to him to help with such things as transitioning his website over to WordPress.
Darren also said people have helped him with blog monetization, AdSense, and affiliate programs. He remembers people helping him with his first products design, proof-reading, and setting up shopping carts. When exploring new mediums such as podcasts or starting new businesses getting support from others. Some even became partners and collaborators.
Darren says he has achieved so much more with the relationships he’s developed with other bloggers.
Darren on Blogging Buddies: “I’d never be where I am today without them.”
I have found several blogging buddies in the last few months. One of my blogging buddies is Steven Goodwin from MyFamilyOnABudget.com. Steven has been invaluable in helping me set up and navigate switching from Blogger to WordPress. If you need help with your blog and use WordPress Steven offers a variety of blogging services that would benefit you as well. I’m not sure I would’ve continued blogging after a month had it not been for Steven. We talked pretty much on a weekly basis at first. Now we try to keep in touch and at least talk on the phone once a month.
Geese And Long Distances
Darren says this reminds him a lot of how geese fly in formation long distances. Studies show that geese flying in formation fly 78% further when flying in formation than when flying alone. Aerodynamically, the lead bird in the formation breaks the air in front of the flock to create a slip stream. The other geese in formation, with their upward motion of their wings, push the lead forward with their momentum. The geese take turns as the lead in the formation to share the load. If one goose gets sick or is injured a couple geese will stay behind to help and eventually fly once again in formation. There’s significant noise in the formation that some believe could be mutual support and encouragement.
Benefits of Having a Blogging Buddy:
- Ability for you to brainstorm for content ideas, design ideas, or product ideas.
- Someone who gets it and you can vent to others who understand what you’re going through.
- Opportunities for collaboration and guest posting.
- Opportunities to share links or have link parties.
- Connect with others in order to grow your traffic.
- Potential for inspiration and motivation by reading other blogs.
- Swapping of skills with other bloggers. Perhaps one person is great at using WordPress, another person is fantastic at taking pictures, another is proficient at SEO, and another is good at monization.
Find a blogging buddy or some blogging buddies. Some of you already have formal mentors, mastermind, or Facebook groups. For others this could be a first. For others you may already be well involved with this. Regardless this will take some time.
Three Levels of Blogging:
1. Meeting Other Bloggers. You may not know other bloggers be it online or in real life. So you would be meeting other bloggers for the first time. Start the process by commenting on other blogs or emailing bloggers. You could even engage other bloggers on social media. Tell them you admire or are thankful for a piece of content they wrote. Maybe ask a question. Another opportunity is to attend an event or meet-up for bloggers.
2. Joining Blogging Groups. These could be great opportunities for development of friendships that could result in win-win collaboration. Some of the groups are localized while others are niche based. Some of them are private or invite only. If you can’t find one perhaps you could start that group. It could be a localized group or on a topic. If you want to ask around try the Problogger Facebook page.
3. Starting or Joining an Intentional Group. A lot of these groups are closed groups on Facebook or Linked In. Darren suggests a weekly or monthly call on Skype as a group. Simple format might be a win for the week, a challenge they’re facing, and a goal for the week. It would be a good idea to set up a Facebook group to interact between the calls. Over time your group will evolve to meet the needs of members.
- Buffer: Building Your Online Tribe: Jeff Goins Shares his Top Tips and Tools
- The SITS Girls – How to Find Your Blogging Tribe Part One of the series.
- Twelveskip – How to Form a Bond with Fellow Bloggers
- How They Blog Podcast – Kat talks us through how to start and run a mastermind group during her chat with Trina Holden