August 16, 2017

How I connected with other bloggers and you can too!










When people ask me why I started blogging, I would sugarcoat my answer by saying that I started because I wanted to share stories about my life, and hope to inspire others to keep going. But that’s just the truth prettified. You wanna know the real reason? I started blogging because I was bored and blogging kept me occupied. HAHA!

I might have a rocky start with blogging but I eventually grew to love it. It's now my creative outlet, an avenue for me to share my stories, reach out, and help others by giving encouragement and tips. Blogging has kept me productive these days that work is scarce and I have time before I go back to school. I'm grateful I have blogging.

If you're considering starting a blog, or have started one and want to learn how to connect with other bloggers, then this might help you.


Me, my blog, and I


Ever since I started blogging way back in 2013, I have always wanted to reach out to other bloggers. I tried commenting on other people’s blogs, I tried joining the Better Blogger Network (who among you also joined that group, raise your hands!) way back when Facebook groups for bloggers weren’t a thing yet. I had a few exchanges with other bloggers then, but like me, they also faded out of the blogosphere eventually.

Last April 2017, I decided to rebrand my blog and take it seriously.  As I started posting again, the longing for connection with other bloggers came back. I lost touch with my old blogging pals (well we weren’t really that close but they were the closest to blogging buddies I had), and I yearned for connection. I still do. Are you?


Reaching out to other bloggers


I tried to join various Facebook groups for bloggers. I found a few that I liked, but some of them are just tedious to maintain. It’s also difficult to find genuine connection because most people are just in it for the likes/comments/shares/traffic that they can get. You wouldn't want that.

The Bloggers Community is one of those groups I mentioned. Honestly, I was already thinking of leaving the group. It seemed like a link drop group for me and that would not be ideal if you're looking for genuine connection.

However something happened.

Our moderator, Roel Umali Hernandez of  The Ugly Writers took action. He came up with this Blogger Hotseat where a blogger is randomly chosen from a list. If you're the fortunate blogger, you are given one thread for a whole day where you can promote your blog. You will be asked for blogging tips, blogging stories and you can also ask others. I signed up, and guess what? I got chosen.






That stopped me from leaving the group and I'm happy I stayed. The activity helped me engage with other bloggers and have genuine interaction. I gained email subscribers, social media followers, and traffic. I also landed my first ever guest post because of my engagement in that group. I've been active in the group ever since!

Finally... blogger FRIENDS!


I'm happy to have met other bloggers and I want you to meet them too. I chose them because we are blogging under the same niche: personal/lifestyle (which is more like the anti-niche of all the blogging niches HAHA!)

Here they are:

1. Marisse Lee of Harping By a Pixie




Marisse Lee, you are an awesome writer, very vocal and honest. You got humor and wit which makes interacting with you fun! You are a confident woman who writes what's on your mind and I admire you for that. You are so passionate about writing and this is evident in your awesome blog!


2. Verge Marie Layno of On the Verge




We've been classmates since highschool and I'm grateful for our friendship. You are my first blogging buddy and I'm happy that you are. You are very supportive, constantly visiting my blog and reading my blog posts. Thank you Verge for always being there to support me in this blogging journey. I'm here to support you too.



3. Precious Valencia of Shine on



Precious, you have this cool, hip and fresh vibe. I love reading your blog because it contains the latest 411 in your interests, which are similar to mine. You may be a young girl, but in the blogosphere you sure know what you're doing. Honestly, another reason why I love reading your blog is that it makes me feel young (true story!).


It's not so lonely in the blogosphere


These are the people I’ve connected with recently and I’m happy I have. It makes the blogosphere less lonely, and the mere thought that I'm not alone in this is enough for me to continue bogging. I wake up in the morning excited to check my notifications and to participate in threads because I know I've got friends who are in this with me. I hope you can find yours too!
If you are new to the blogosphere or are in this for a long time but have not connected to other bloggers yet, I urge you to start reaching out now. Don’t be disheartened if you’ll get ignored or snobbed. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are just busy, or are not so inspired with blogging themselves.

Don't let rejection stop you. Just keep  trying and someday you’ll be able to reach out to the right people (like me and my friends!) with whom you’ll be able to foster genuine connection.

If you are looking for a blogging buddy, I’m available. Just hit me up at:
facebook.com/thewiselark. I'm responsive to Facebook messages :) 

I’m here for my friends, I’m here for you, friend.

*This is in participation to Bloggers Community's Cluster Activity and a response to Marisse Lee's Pixie and Friends. Shoutout to the host of this activity Roel Umali Hernandez of The Ugly Writers.*

UDPATE: Activity slowed down in the Bloggers Community, but there's another group forming (Roel's also a moderator in the new group). I'll tell you my feedback after trying out other activities in the group. :) 

UPDATE: The new group is The Bloggers Masterclass  and so far I am loving the engagement and genuine connection. Be a part of The Bloggers Masterclass community and meet friendly bloggers! <3

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Hello my friend, wanna stay connected?










Looking forward to connecting with you!

26 comments:

  1. Amen Karla! I am a member of multiple tribes and know Blogging From Paradise is NOT what it is today if I went solo. It would be a cyber diary LOL. Triberr, one travel blogging tribe on FB and I am active on Reddit with the weekly thread too. I also tend to visit all of my commentor's blogs, and since I am coming up on 8000 comments soon....that's a lotta blogs.

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    1. Wooooow you are very very very dilligent! I shall do that too! :) Soon :)


      Blogging's more fun when you get to interact. It's not so lonely anymore when you got friends who are bloggers too ❤️ or bloggers who are your friends too ❤️

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  2. Thanks for the inspiration. I want to create my own little blogging community as well. I think I'm in the groups you mentioned. Maybe I will see you around FB.

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  3. Loved reading this! It always helps give some new inspiration to seek out new communities! I have mainly focused on instagram but am starting to see how amazing of a resource Facebook and the groups can be with connecting with others in the community and growing!

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    1. I'm not so much into Instagram. I tried doing it but it's just so much work for me. I prefer hanging out on Facebook. :) See you around the communities!

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  4. I love my blogger friends! I really think I would have quit by now without those connections. It has been such a welcoming and helpful community.

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    1. I knooow. It's more fun when you've got friends with you <3

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  5. Yeah, I am a member of many blogging groups and usually partisiparte for getting some comments on my posts, otherwise I will not get any xD I remember that back then in 2007, even scary to think about it, I used Internet mostly to connect with people to make friends and aquainatnces and now it's just a place for promotion, marketing and getting traffic to your blog)

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    1. I'm really sad how it's been all about traffic and comments and not genuine connection :(

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  6. Hi Karla, I'm a lifestyle girl, too! You have inspired me to chat more with other bloggers in facebook groups. I look forward to making more connections.
    Cheers,
    Marnie

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    1. awww see you around the communities! I hope I'll bump into you again :)

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  7. Oh my! you are a sweet blogger friend, and more than just that...and I love your writing and inspiration. keep on rising

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    1. Thank you so much Sam! nd you're one of my blogger friends!

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  8. Hey,,i knew 2 of names you mentions above hihi, marrisa and roel.. they're great!! I've join some blog groups but yes i feel different on the group of where the 2 of them are in. :D
    I like your post :)

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    1. I know right? They've got a different group now, Blogger's Masterclass. Are you part of that? Hopefully you are! :) Just another chill group. :)

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  9. I love this, as a new blogger all we want is content, share, content, share, repeat...but as the time progress, making a connection is more valuable. Thank you for pointing that out.

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    1. You're welcome J. Never ever forget to engage. :)

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  10. Being an introvert by nature it is really tough to reach out for other bloggers :)

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    1. I'm introvert too! :) That's why I prefer one-on-one online interaction is better than personal, or online interaction but in wide groups! :))) You can do it also moumita!

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  11. This was an excellent read and so true. I find people want a quick fix and don't want to put in the work to build. Thx much

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    1. Thank you so much janice. It's really too bad that people just want quick fixes. Real engagement is more valuable :)

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  12. Great information. The vast blogosphere can be quite lonely at times. Especially when you belong to nice groups and they all seem to have been doing it so long and make it all look so easy. I've started blogging in March and then got busy over the summer and haven't put up as much as I would like but have got to get back on my game. Look forward to hearing about the new group you reference at the end. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Heather, see you around the blogging groups! :) Sometimes we get busy especially us who are not full time bloggers. That's why we have to be here for each other! :)

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  13. Awesome Karla! I feel ya on this one! It's so hard to make real connections! hears to hoping our blogging journeys create more meaningful communications! xx

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