Blogging can be a very lonely business since you usually work from home so you aren’t surrounded by other employees. That just means it’s all that more important to know the reasons to make blogging friends.
5 Reasons to Make Blogging Friends
When you first start blogging you can feel alone, especially if no one else in your real life is a blogger. You try to tell your friends and family excitedly about your blog and they just don’t get it. Even when you start working with brands or make blogging your professional job many friends and family just won’t be able to understand.
“You get free stuff, that’s so cool!”
“When are you going to get a REAL job?”
Have you ever heard those?
It’s important to make blogging friends and not just to have someone understand you but that is number 1 on the list.
Reason #1 – Someone to Understand You
A blogging friend will understand the problems you have whether they are technical (Help! I can’t get my plugin to work right) to business (I have so many posts due this week!) to personal (My husband just doesn’t understand!)
They are someone you can go to with blogging questions or concerns, especially if they have a bit more experience than you.
Reason #2 – Someone to Support You
This sounds similar to the first reason but while #1 is about understanding where you are coming from and the problems you face, #2 is about doing something to support you.
If you have a post that you need more eyes on you might be able to ask a friend to swap social sharing. In other words you share their post if they share yours.
Or you could team up with a pal to run an event or weekly linky. Or they might suggest you for a brand opp they aren’t right for but you might be perfect for.
Reason #3 – Loneliness Means Less Motivation
I found many small nods to this fact although I will admit I had trouble finding an actual study to quote or link you to. But it does make sense so I’m including it.
Lonely people feel less motivation to get things done whether it be work or just things that need to get done around the house. As a person who has felt loneliness I can attest to this fact as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean you needs LOTS of friends though or that lots of friends would be better than a few.
Introverts will need less friends than extroverts. I have a few close blogging friends and I’m happy with that. It doesn’t mean I’m not friendly with many others whom I would consider my acquaintances though.
Without a study I can’t say for sure but from experience I would say that when one feels lonely, they focus mostly on that. Sometimes giving themselves negative thoughts such as “I’m no good” or “no one wants to be my friend.” WITH friends you feel happy and loved and are free to focus on other things.
Now #3 means friends in general of course but I think it’s important to have friends that are associated with all walks of your life. So in my case that would be friends who are also moms, into Girl Guides, bloggers and who have similar health issues to me.
Reason #4 – Outsider’s Perspective
Sometimes you need an outsider’s perspective on your work or plans for your business and in an office, you could just ask the person next to you. When you work from home you will need a blogging buddy to run ideas past. You won’t want to ask just anyone either, but a friend who you know won’t steal your idea and will give you quality but honest feedback.
A blogging friend can look over a post you’ve been struggling on for an outsider’s view or give you honest feedback on the look of your blog and how a new feature you’ve implemented is working.
Reason #5 – Fill In the Gaps
There are lots of parts of blogging and since you don’t go to school to learn it, you mostly teach yourself. Often a blogger is better at certain parts than others. For example you might be great at design but not at tech. Or great at tech but suck at grammar.
If you have blogging friends who are good at the parts you aren’t, you can help each other out. She helps with your tech problem and you help fix a design issue on her blog.
Of course you should never buddy up to a blogger just because they can do something you struggle at, that wouldn’t be honest. But if a friend you make happens to be good at something, find a way to do something for them in exchange for help.
If they have a product, maybe you can buy at a discounted rate or get a free copy in exchange for a review and becoming an affiliate. Again these would be things that are figured out months to years after becoming friends. After you’ve shown yourself to be a good friend even when you don’t need something.
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Are you managing time effectively? Raise your hand if you spend too much “work time” checking Facebook, scrolling through Pinterest or spending many, many hours on research?
Yep, we all do it. It can be all too easy to spend your X hours of work time getting nothing good done. The solution isn’t to work MORE hours, it’s to manage the time you DO work more effectively.
Managing Time Effectively
So how do you manage your time better? There are different suggestions and they won’t all work for everyone so try them out and figure out what works for you. I mean ACTUALLY try them. Even I’ve been guilty before of “trying out” a time management technique and dismissing it as not working when I really didn’t put my all into it.
Make A Plan And Break It Down
How you plan doesn’t matter as long as you plan. Use a bullet journal, Trello, Google Calendar, or a date book. What do you want to get accomplished and how often? Make a list for tasks that need to be done daily or weekly. Put them in page protectors and use a dry erase marker to check them off every day or week. Plan out your next 90 days including what topics you want to post about, products you want to make, etc.
Daily tasks might include social media but don’t just put DAILY: Facebook. You need to specify what you will do on that social media platform and how long you will do it for. So instead it should be DAILY: Schedule 5 updates to my Facebook page, Check in my favourite Facebook Groups and respond to at least 3 posts each and check my Facebook page for comments I need to respond to.
If you are working on an ebook or digital course or blog post series, write out all the steps you need to do and WHEN you want to do them by.
Knowing what you should be working on, when and for how long will help a lot.
Using To-Do Lists
Again there are different ways to use to-do lists. Try them out and see what works best. Hand written, in a blogging notebook, digital to-do lists, Trello, smartphone apps or whiteboards in your office. Find one you will actually use.
You also might want to set rewards for getting things done. Obviously getting new traffic and earning more money is a reward in itself but sometimes those rewards take time. Most people like small little rewards along the way to keep them going.
- Finish the post and you can go for coffee.
- Finish the ebook and you can go get your nails done.
- Finish social media scheduling and you can Netflix and Chill.
Set a Schedule and Stick to It
A common productivity mistake is sitting down to work with the idea that you will be done working when you finish. When I do that, I end up going to bed at 3am because I can’t keep my eyes open anymore and no – I didn’t finish.
If you know you have 2 hours to work on a post, you will get that post done in 2 hours. If you have to finish that post before you can relax for the evening, then guess what? You will be working on it all night and never have time to relax. TRUST ME!
Set a schedule, use a timer and get things done. Take breaks after periods of intense work. Your eyes, hands and back need a break! Don’t forget to drink water and have a good snack. Walk around a bit, stretch out your back and then you can move on to your next task.
It doesn’t matter how many hours a day you work or if you work in the morning, afternoon or evening. But try to be consistent and give yourself time limits for each task.
Just remember, managing time effectively doesn’t mean that you spend so much time on making your schedule that you forget to just do it.
Time management isn’t a one and done thing. There are different ways to handle things because everyone is different. If a schedule or way to keep organized isn’t working, try a new one. Spend more time on what will bring you traffic and profit and less time on the extras that are fun but don’t really bring you from point A to point B.
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Hey guys it’s Sunday! Less than 24 hours left of the blogathon!
- Blogathon officially ends 8am EST Monday June 26
- You have until 12pm EST June 26 to enter for prizes.
Winners will be drawn Monday afternoon and will be contacted by Monday evening at the latest. Once you confirm your email will be sent to the appropriate sponsor.
The NEXT Blogathon is January 26-29. 2018 and will be our 10th Blogathon Bash!
If you have any ideas on how to make it GRAND let me know!