I was hesitant to share this post, because who am I to tell you how to help another blogger? I'm no-one big, I'm no-one special, and you can do what you want. I know lots of people recently have been annoyed with all the how-to posts that keep popping up, especially regarding blogging, and I get that, but I also think that we can all do what we want, share what we want, etc etc etc so here I am sharing what I want to share. Hope you don't mind.
1. Click their affiliate links.
I spoke to a blogger once who said she refused to click on affiliate links and that always confused me. She would actually go out of her way to google the product rather than click on the link, so that person wouldn't make their 2 cents or whatever. Okay, I don't like when someone sneaks affiliate links in all tricksy like, I don't like if the whole post is affiliate links in an obvious please-click-on-these-way, but if they are honest or they are sharing something they actually know and care about, why wouldn't you? It doesn't hurt you, it's not coming out of your pocket. What's with the affiliate link stigma?
2. Pin their posts.
Okay, yes, sharing via social media in general is nice, but I personally think pinterest is really important because when I am going to travel somewhere, when I want to know how to wear something, or find a review on a product, pinterest is my google. I pin recipes, travel posts, outfits even if they don't directly relate or appeal to me, because I know they might appeal to someone, and they might relate to me in the future.
3. Be honest, tell them, answer them.
Tell them when something is wrong with their blog, when you can't comment, can't see something, or when a link doesn't work, answer a question they asked. I've told people things sometimes and they simply had no idea. I mean, I'm not saying you should go out and point out all the things that you think are wrong but the blogger is perfectly happy with. You never know when the blogger is not aware of something, like recently someone made a joke about captcha and I was like dude, you have captcha on your blog and they had no idea because no-one (myself included) told them.
Like I said, I'm not saying you need to tell me you hate gifs and I should stop using them, because I'm not gonna stop using them. I'm saying, feel free to tell me that a link doesn't work or that my font is too small or that you hate me. Jk, if you hate me why are you here?
4. Follow them.
When I find a new blogger to love / stalk, I follow all their things. Bloglovin, twitter, instagram, facebook, pinterest, goodreads. Of course, what I really want out of this is an actual friendship (be my friend!) but I know followers, readers, whatever-ers, are important to people. Plus, I'm nosy.
5. Interact with them.
This is different than following someone, in my opinion. Like everything, you don't have to do this, take it with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila. But like I said, I do this because I enjoy it, because I like the community and the friendships I've made. So when I don't get a reply from a blogger when I've commented on 10 of their posts (not all at once, I'm not that stalker-y), that hurts my poor wittle feewings. But it also means I probably won't come back, because it's like talking to a brick wall, and brick walls are boring. It also means I think you don't like me, and I'm not one to force my friendship, despite my jokes.
I don't think we are in competition with one another, the internet is big enough for all of us. Most of us want different things out of this blogging game, I don't judge you for wanting something that I don't want. I also simply do not follow or interact with bloggers that I don't like because that does not make any sense.
I'm not asking you to follow me, pin my posts, click on my links specifically, just throwing it out there because helping someone else does not hurt you. I know I'm not a blogging expert, or even a people expert, but I love the blogging community, it's been nice to me. I want to be nice right back.