When I first had the thought of starting a blog I spent quite some time debating about actually doing it. I told myself more of all the reasons I shouldn’t start a blog rather than all the possibilities that it might present. I was anxious writing my About Me page, and even more hesitant when I finally signed up on WordPress.com.
I’m almost positive that these anxieties are a common thing in many people looking or thinking of starting a blog. You consider being a failure before being a success. “I’m not even that interesting, do I really have time for this, and no one really cares what I have to say, right?” I’m really happy I ignored these hesitations though.
Yes, my blog is still fairly new and small in its following, but even this I am extremely proud of. Every like, follow, share, and comment brings joy to my day! So I say thank you for stopping by and taking even a minute to allow me to share my story. I love hearing about my readers and welcome you to share about yourself by leaving a comment, whether something we may have in common or something we may see differently.
One of the main things I’ve enjoyed about blogging is the blogging community. If you are a new blogger, thinking about blogging, or just haven’t seen much growth in your blog as you’d like I know it can be discouraging seeing low stats and feeling nobody is interested in you. Have no fear though, someone cares! You just have to reach out too! The blogging community is all about give and take. If you are simply writing out your posts and hitting publish, watching your stats page for changes it’s most likely you won’t see anything crazy happen. I’ve been able to catch the eye of a few people, but I feel that the growth of my blog has really been due to me finally connecting with other bloggers rather than just staying on my own little side of the blogging space.
I am truly thankful to have found the blog Runaway Bridal Planner, who introduced me to the idea of a Blog Hop. When I originally heard about her blog hop back in the fall of 2015 I wasn’t really sure what I was signing up for. I had the rules and description of what the Blog Hop entailed, but I really didn’t understand the concept and how it would connect me with so many other bloggers until afterwards.
Now Blog Hops (just like blogging!) can require some serious effort and time. I’ve only been in one Blog Hop so far, but when I saw Kristy’s post about her hosting another one for the Spring I immediately signed up! The whole concept of the Blog Hop is to connect with other bloggers, and hopefully find people who blog about similar content that you do. Through these connections you are able to create a tribe or at least a firm following of people who will enjoy your content. The fun thing is you can really connect with others and even make some true friends with some similarities in interest and life as you!
Main Points of Blog Hop
- 3-4 weeks long in duration
- Be an active blogger, posting new content every week (preferably 3x or more)
- “Spotlight Dates” were given to everyone. These dates featured three to four blogs for the day that every participant was expected to visit their blog and leave a thoughtful comment. Here’s my featured Spotlight Date post with stats below!
- Comment for comment system. All comments left on your blog whether on your spotlight date or another date during the blog hop had to be replied to and returned by you visiting that blog and leaving a comment in return. This was probably my favorite part, but also extremely time consuming depending on how much work you put in.
Personally I always tried to visit as many blogs as I could in a day and leave thoughtful comments. I wanted to make the most of the blog hop and once I started me really found I enjoyed reading other blogs a lot! Not to mention visiting other blogs during the hop and leaving a comment brought traffic back to my blog which pushed me to keep new content actively available for new readers.
The blog hop really introduced me to some great blogs with interesting content. It also helped me connect with other bloggers, many of who are now some of my loyal followers who always send out sweet words to me and notice when I’ve been on a blogging hiatus! This is truly heart warming, as I no longer have to fear being in this blogging world alone!
Habits I’ve developed as a blogger due to the blog hop have been:
- Posting new content at least 2-3x a week
- Visiting at least 2 blogs daily
- Always leaving a thoughtful comment on a blog I visit
- Replying to any comments left on my blog, no matter if its on an old post
- Always returning the blogger love by visiting those blogs who leave a thoughtful comment on my blog and leaving one on a post of theirs
- Sharing any great blog posts I find on my social media accounts
If you have any more questions about blog hops feel free to ask in the comments below!
I’m excited to be joining in on Kristy’s Spring Blog Hop starting next week! If you are interested in joining in on Kristy’s next blog hop in the fall make sure to sign up at her blog to be notified! She hosts two a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
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