Awesome Blogging Practices

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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.

5 great blogging social media practices

Comment

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. 

Share

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.

Help

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.

Recommend

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. 

Mentor

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?

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • November 3, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Definitely some great ways to be a supportive blogger and couldn’t agree more about Tamara and commenting, too πŸ™‚
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    • November 4, 2014 Alison

      I know you and Tamara are besties! πŸ™‚
      You’re quite the commenting beast yourself, heh.

  • November 3, 2014 Vanessa D.

    Sharing is the part I’m still working on – but I try to leave comments on all of the posts I read.
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    • November 4, 2014 Alison

      I think that’s a great start! πŸ™‚

  • November 3, 2014 Alexa

    I couldn’t agree more. Well, at least on 2-5. I am not a huge fan of commenting, truthfully, unless I have something I really want to say. I hate that we feel pressured to leave comments, but I do understand the importance of them, especially when we’ve just poured our heart out into a post. It sucks when it’s not acknowledged. On the other hand, when someone tweets or shares a post of mine on Facebook, it IS like receiving a bouquet of flowers. I love that! And, as a writer myself, I really appreciate your plug for helping out others. I always try to support people who are launching businesses or products, because I completely get how hard it is! Thanks for these great pointers.

    • November 4, 2014 Alison

      I understand about the commenting business. It does take time and commitment. I do feel it’s important though – whether you comment on the blog post itself, or on Facebook/ Twitter etc. I think it’s great that you’re supportive of those launching businesses and products!

  • November 3, 2014 Christine

    Comments and sharing are like sending a bunch of flowers to the writer. I so appreciate when people take the time to do that. I agree with all the things that you listed here. That’s what I think is most wonderful about the blogging community – it’s the support that goes around. I know that there are a bajillion blogs out there and everyone is trying to “make it big!!” but if we can lift each other up and support each other, all the better in my book.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      I love the support and friendship!

  • November 3, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Great advice, Alison!

    Tamara is a generous and authentic commenter. I love your line on sharing posts – it most certainly is like receiving a virtual bouquet of flowers.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Giving credit where credit is due, Val actually said that! πŸ™‚

  • November 3, 2014 Kir

    I agree with all of it. I pride myself on the fact that when I read something I leave a comment, I tweet and Pin it often, I build community by sharing my thoughts and words. I always have.

    Being a good blogger is just being a like a being a good human. Share, be kind and when you can: help/encourage/bring light to the dark.

    Such great advice.
    Kir recently wrote…You’re Really Too Busy (to get the flu)My Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Oh Kir, you are one of the best cheerleaders in the blogging world! I’m so proud to know you and learn from you.

  • November 3, 2014 Susi

    These are great tips for sure and I feel bad that I don’t comment as much as I used to. I just don’t have the time that I used to have and it makes it hard to read and comment… But I do try to share as much as I can. πŸ™‚
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      I totally understand. Sharing is wonderful too! I think some bloggers actually prefer shares to comment, if they had to choose.

  • November 3, 2014 erin margolin

    I’m honored that you mentioned me here, especially with the likes of the other bloggers and writers you named.
    Thank you, Alison.
    You make great points here!
    xo

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      You deserve the mention, Erin!

  • November 4, 2014 Kimberly

    I love helping. If I read something that has great content, I’m sharing it. Everyone needs their time to shine and to be heard. If someone is struggling, they need all the hands and hearts out there.
    I think it’s common courtesy to return the favour to other blogs to visit theirs if they did yours. Maybe they have been reading yours for a while, you never know. They could be that gem in the rough that you never knew about.
    Kimberly recently wrote…In Your Closet. In Your HeadMy Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      It is common courtesy. And surprisingly uncommon these days – so many people don’t actually return visits, even with multiple visits/ comments/ shares from others. Sad.

  • November 4, 2014 angela

    Great tips for supporting other bloggers and social media contacts! I think one of the main things is being cognizant about what you’re doing; if you come from a positive place, other people will notice <3
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, absolutely!

  • November 4, 2014 Kari

    You are an AMAZING commenter.
    I love that about you.
    Among many other things.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks much, Kari. You’re awesome too!

  • November 4, 2014 lisacng

    I sometimes wonder, with some blogs, whether the blogger even cares about comments, but this post reminds me that they do, at least the ones who actually write. Sharing is an easy yet thoughtful thing to do indeed! I love it! Now, I must read your rants :).
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      I think many still care about comments. Of course some prefer shares, if they had to choose. Either way, I think it’s a good thing to show some love.

  • November 4, 2014 alexandra

    Wiping away tears, A, you are just someone with a heart of gold. You are also all of these things here. Thank you.

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      You have a big heart, Alexandra. And a kind soul. xo

  • November 4, 2014 Lisa

    Great advice! I’m pretty good at commenting, but I’m trying to work on sharing more.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      You do good, Lisa! πŸ™‚

  • November 4, 2014 JoAnne

    This is great Alison! I particularly appreciate what you said about commenting. I don’t always know what to say — I don’t always know what to add that could be seen as useful or insightful. The truth is, though, that I would be thrilled to get comments that were complimentary even if they weren’t complex. It never hurts to feel like you have a group cheering you on! πŸ™‚

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Yes, exactly! I don’t claim to be awesome at making meaningful comments all the time, but I most certainly try.

  • November 4, 2014 Elaine A.

    I’ll put a plug in for my girl Jennifer on the 4th one. She’s good at that!

    These are great Alison – so glad you shared. You are such a good “Sharer” and commenter yourself… πŸ™‚

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, Jennifer is awesome at that!

  • November 4, 2014 Julia

    Again you are spot on, these are all great practices.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia!

  • November 4, 2014 Robbie

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I would add engage others to this list. I MISS conversations on Twitter.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, me too.

  • November 4, 2014 Allie Smith

    Greta list Alison! Love the part about sharing being like buying a writer roses:).
    Allie Smith recently wrote…Interview at PubslushMy Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      That’s thanks to Val at BonBon Break!

  • November 4, 2014 Nina

    And YOU my dear are excellent at every single one of these. I think a strength I have is connecting people to each other. I often share opportunities I see with people directly (or more broadly on social media). I think it’s hard to be strong in every area, but I do try! These are great tips, which you know I shared. I’m pretty anal about what I share so that when I share it’s very obvious that I really mean it. Which I DO!
    Nina recently wrote…The First Day: Writers on Writing SeriesMy Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Nina, you are one of the best connectors and I love that about you!

  • November 4, 2014 Kerstin

    Great tips! Following those (not always, ahem) has definitely helped me build up a sense of community with other bloggers. You forgot to mention one blogger, who’s great at all those things – YOU! xox
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Aw, you’re too sweet, Kerstin. I do try and do some if not all of these things as much as I can.

  • November 5, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    These are all really good tips Alison! I need to work on many of these but I feel like a chicken with my head cut off 90% of my day. Have a great one and hope your family is doing well love! -Iva

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Hah! I feel that way most days too. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2014 Hillary

    Alexandra is an amazing mentor. I wonder how many writers she has helped? It is why so many love her.
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    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Hundreds and thousands, probably!

  • November 5, 2014 Maria Silvo

    Perhaps we can “applaud” or “commend” people or organizations who/that are doing exemplary things. It’s close to “recommend” though. πŸ™‚

    Great job with this post. I enjoyed reading it!
    Maria Silvo recently wrote…Day 2 Gratitude Practice: FamilyMy Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Yes, we can absolutely do that too!

  • November 5, 2014 Kim

    Oh, these are great! I love what Val said about sharing being like giving flowers. Receiving shares and comments and kind words from encouraging friends is the best. It feels great to give those things, too!
    Kim recently wrote…Confessions of a Car SingerMy Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Give and take, that’s the heart of blogging, that’s my opinion.

  • November 5, 2014 Tamara

    Thank you so much! I love being here. I love that you’re looking at the positives today, although the negatives post was pretty awesome too.
    Sometimes it’s hard to comment by phone so I use voice command! It really works well and what’s funny is that I speak in whatever emotion I’m actually feeling about my comment, even if you just still see it as typed words.
    Tamara recently wrote…Maybe You Should Quit Your Day Job.My Profile

    • November 5, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, that’s interesting, I’ve not known anyone to do that, so clever!

  • November 6, 2014 Rorybore

    Great tips! I pretty much only use my Twitter to share posts I like.

    And Tamara is the best commenter ever!! Getting a comment or a reply from her is like basking in a wild ray of sunshine.
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    • November 6, 2014 Mirjam

      When I read a post I comment, I wouldn’t know how to do it any other way. Besides it is the only way to really connect with someone. And that is the best part of blogging.

      Oh and I think you forgot to mention Alison, she’s great at all of those things!
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      • November 6, 2014 Rorybore

        Indeed – Alison is wonderful in all ways – that’s what keeps me coming back for more πŸ™‚
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        • November 6, 2014 Alison

          You’re so sweet, thank you.

      • November 6, 2014 Alison

        Aw, thanks Mirjam πŸ™‚

    • November 6, 2014 Alison

      It is indeed! She’s the best.

  • November 6, 2014 Rebecca

    I love these even more than the peeve list!!!!!! The roses by sharing metaphor was effing brilliant! I agree with her. My favorite though, is the passing opportunities to someone you know. That’s how it’s done ladies! Class act. Great list. Love!
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    • November 7, 2014 Alison

      Passing opportunities along is something I love doing – I believe in karma!

  • November 6, 2014 Andrea

    This is such a great list. I wish I could be better at all of them.
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    • November 7, 2014 Alison

      You’re a great commenter and sharer, Andrea!

  • Those should be part of some kind of Blogger Oath.
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    • November 7, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Yes, maybe I should draw one up. πŸ™‚

  • November 7, 2014 Allie

    YES to all of those things!!! And, you’re a pretty amazing mentor yourself, as well as a helper! You get an A+ in my bloggy black book. πŸ™‚
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    • November 7, 2014 Alison

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Allie, thank you.

  • November 25, 2014 Kristen

    This is so true and helps bloggers tremendously (especially those of us just starting out). We need all the help we can get! Great post – much appreciated!

    • November 25, 2014 Alison

      You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

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