Yesterday, I ranted a little about some blogging and social media pet peeves (sorry). Today, I want to talk about good blogging and social media practices of my fellow bloggers.
Yes, we still like comments on our blog posts. A lot. Leave a comment, even if it’s a short one. Yes, even “Great post!” if you mean it. Tamara does this really well! I know that many of you read blogs on your phones and some blogs don’t make it easy for you comment while you’re on the phone. But, you can always do the next thing.
If you like a post, share it! If you can’t comment, or prefer not to, do share it. Val Curtis, Founder and Chief Editor of BonBon Break said that sharing a link on Facebook is like sending a bunch of roses to the writer. It’s a small gesture on your part, but a big deal for the writer/ blogger. Erin and Galit are the best sharers I know.
There are many ways to help a blogger out. If they’re publishing a book, help them tweet it out on launch date, or better yet, review it if that’s your cup of tea. If they’re hosting a giveaway or a link-up and need more entries, get your friends to enter, and share the hell out of it. If they need votes for something (and as much as I hate blogger contests that depend on public votes), go vote. If they need someone to read something before they submit to a website, or anthology, offer to read it. Deborah is one the best ‘helpers’ I know of.
Do you know of a writing/ blogging/ social media manager/ virtual assistant position, but you’re not interested in it yourself? Recommend a fellow blogger who is looking for that exact thing. Hear of opportunities for submissions for a new anthology? Tell your friends, even if they’re not bloggers, but do write. Received an opportunity for paid sponsorship but it’s not something you’re interested in? Let the brand know who you think might be a good fit. Good karma comes around.
Some people are natural mentors. They encourage, guide, and are generous with their time, whether or not they were asked to do so. If you’re in a mentorship capacity for someone you know needs an extra nudge or a little love, do it. Alexandra is an AMAZING mentor, and I’ve always looked up to her. She’s also an incredibly kind and generous friend. So yes, be that too.
What would you like to add to this list?