Throughout January we will be running our 31 Day Blog Challenge: 31 days to clean up, grow and improve your blog. What better time than the start of a new year to get things sorted and ready to go for a brand new year of blogging?
We'll be sharing 31 tips, ideas, and strategies for you to get things in order and make blogging easier. This is Day 12.
"There is nooooo way that person would ever speak with me! They are so popular!" Have you ever uttered those words or something to that extent? Maybe it was at a conference or even from the comfort of your own home? While it's totally understandable to think and feel that way, it doesn't have to be that way. Now, we're not suggesting driving over to someone's house and asking if you can be BFF's or running up to them at a conference and giving them a massive bear hug!
We're all people and in this case, we're all bloggers. This is about community building, getting to know and learning from established bloggers. So with that in mind, keep the gushing behind closed doors. I can guarantee that becoming starstruck when meeting a well-known blogger will forever put you in the "fan" category. But approach them and interact with them like the normal person you are, then who knows what friendship may grow from that initial interaction!
The beauty of the world we live in is that in some shape or form, everyone is accessible. If there is someone you respect, would like to get to know and have a conversation with, there is actually nothing stopping you from doing that! Now, this won't happen overnight, nor will you have a 100% success rate doing so. But to do so, you need to be smart about it.
Start by selecting bloggers that actually interact with their readers. Trying to reach out to bloggers who have zero interaction with their public is destined to fail, so why bother putting time and effort into something that is bound to go nowhere?
As for the interaction itself, don't start spamming them. If it will happen, it will happen organically and over time. You have to keep in mind that hundreds or thousands of others have the same desires as you. Commenting on their blog is always a good place to start, but that doesn't really lend itself to a conversation, especially if they have 1000's of comments on a post. However, if you are constantly leaving thoughtful comments, trust me, they see them, appreciate them and you're in a much better position to eventually be in contact with them.
One of the best and most straightforward approaches is through Twitter. A tweet or reply to one of their tweets is as good as any place to begin. If you happen to see them active on Twitter early in the morning, your chances increase greatly as there isn't as much chatter at that time of the day and you're likely catching them sipping on their coffee to start the day.
Try by reaching out to five bloggers you respect or admire. They are a blog comment or @mention away and you never know what will happen!
For a few other ways to reach out to people on Twitter and just be a more consciously aware online user, check out "5 Ways To Be a Better Twitter Citizen."