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As I’ve said before, I’m by no means an expert in the realm of blogging. I’m still building my blog, but I’m excited to be building my blog with you!

At the beginning of this series on blogging, I indicated how it’s important to survey your readers about what they like to see on your blog and last week I posted about the strategic plan I drafted for my blog. This week, I would like to share with you nine savvy tips you can use to grow your blogging community.

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This is the number one step to building your blog’s community. You have got to get out and meet people. A good place to start is to join a blogging network like Bloggy Moms or SITS Girls. There are many blogging networks out there. Find one that fits your niche and mingle! Visiting other bloggers may seem time-consuming, but it’s worth it. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and visit as many bloggers as you can. If possible, do this daily!

*Bonus tip: Every week try to visit at least one new blogger.*


The blogger doesn’t know you’ve visited unless you say something. Leave a thoughtful comment to let the blogger know you’ve been there.

I’ll share an interesting factoid about my approach to commenting… if I read it, I respond to it. I view each blog posting like a conversation. I feel the need to respond to what’s been said to me. So to my blogging buddies, now you know that if I haven’t commented, then that means that I haven’t read it.


I almost always respond to comments on my blog. It took me a while to learn the importance of this. Communicating with the people who take the time to comment on your blog is critical to building your blogging community. Your readers want to know that you care about what they’ve said.

A side note… if you are a “no-reply” blogger, this means that the bloggers who you communicate with can’t respond directly to your comments or get in contact with you… oh no!!! There’s a simple fix to this, though… check out Susannah’s post over at Simple Moments Stick to get tips on how to fix your no reply status.


This is critical to building your community. See how I just mentioned Susannah and linked you to her post? I’m sure she’ll be tickled and appreciate the shout out. These sort of things builds relationships.


If you like something you see on Google+, why not +1 it?! If a post has a tweetable link, why not tweet it? A pretty picture accompanies a great post… pin it! If you read an awesome article, why not share it on Facebook?! Your blogging friends will love that you are reading their content and sharing it with others.


Invite others to be a guest blogger on your site (or ask to be a guest blogger on someone else’s site). I just recently opened up to the idea of guest blogging and hosting guest bloggers. I now see its merits, and I sincerely wish I had done this sooner. Guest blogging opens up your blogging world even further. It gives you to an opportunity to meet readers from other blogs… now, how cool is that?!


I know we can get busy with our lives and blogging can be time-consuming. However, it’s so important that every once in a while you express your thanks to the bloggers you have built relationships with. A short personal email thanking them for their friendship means so much.

I have been on the receiving end of such lovely emails, and they’ve meant the world to me. Robin from Robin Kramer Writes, Tiffany from A Fit Mom’s Life, Ceil from Surrounded by the Spirit, and Meg from Meg Made are just a few of the lovely bloggers who have taken the time to write me a kind email. There’s never a negative consequence to being kind. Once again, this is impossible if you’re a no-reply blogger… so make sure your buddies know how to contact you.


I love “link parties” they’re such a wonderful way to meet other bloggers. My {this moment} postings are part of a link-up hosted by the lovely Amanda Blake Soule from SouleMama. I have met so many fabulous bloggers through the weekly {this moment} postings. In fact, I met my first and longest standing blogging friend, Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas as a result of {this moment}.

Here’s a great post about how to create a link party of your own! The benefits are huge!


There are so many opportunities to meet other bloggers… in “real life”. You could attend a blogging conference or join a local bloggers’ meet-up. Making real connections is a wonderful way to build your blogging community.

*Bonus tip: Always carry a business card with your blog’s information on it, that way if you meet up with new people who are interested in your blog, you can give them a card.*

Do you need more inspiration? Please make sure to check out Jelli (from Jellibean Journals) and her post #1 Tip To Build A Loyal Readership. It is such an encouraging, thoughtful post and a great base as you work towards building your blog.

Is there anything you do to grow your blogging community? Please share… I would love to hear from you.


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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