This week the Friend Friday questions are all about lessons learned and rules of engagement for bloggers.
Guest posts are a good way to gain new exposure. What do you think is the appropriate way to go about securing a guest spot?
Personally I have not approached anyone asking them to guest post (yet), but I have written a few to help out fellow bloggers, and loved doing it. If I was going to approach someone asking them to do a guest post or collaborate with me in some way I would do it building on an already established connection with them. I would approach the blogger privately in an email and I would pitch them an idea that showed that I have an understanding of and respect for their work. I would be more than happy to give fellow bloggers space chez moi!
Leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. But how can you leave a comment without coming across as ‘Follow Me. Follow Me!’?
Approach leaving and answering comments as taking part in a conversation! Actually read the post you are commenting on. Keep your comment sincere and relevant to the post. Share a little! If I read a post that relates to one of my own I will leave a link for the blogger to check out if they like.
We’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… But the mass emails don’t work. How do you make your email stand out from the crowd?
When I approach a fellow blogger it is because I want to communicate something to them, get to know them, connect with them, spread the love for them, not to promote my self. In short, dare to reach out, keep your intention true, be respectful and check your spelling.
In interacting with other bloggers where do you draw the line between seeking support and begging for exposure?
You know, for me blogging is all about connecting, about building and taking part in a community, just like it is in my real life. I have learned not to be shy about giving my posts a tweet or two and sharing them on my Facebook-page, but I don`t just share and tweet my own posts, I spend most of my time online commenting on, tweeting and sharing other bloggers post.
To make sure my blog is easily accessible I make sure to leave links for my blog and Twitter when I comment and I am an active member of IFB, the Full Time Fabulous Community and the Friday Friend Community. I am so grateful to Jennine, Kristy Elena and Katy Rose for creating these amazing communities.
As for exposure I simply have to trust that if I keep my blogging voice authentic, my content original and my support for other bloggers genuine they will feel that and gravitate towards my blog. If I need feedback or support I will simply ask for it, keeping it honest.
What’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you remedied that?
Feeling insecure when I lost some followers. I remedied that by taking an objective look at my blog, improving what I felt could be better about it and moving on.
Dress, reworked maxi by H&M. Scarf and reworked vest by H&M. Shoes by Primark. Ring by Top Shop. Red owl, a gift a friend got for me in Hanoi.
Wide grin, thanks to the rays of spring.
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