One of the most important and very beneficial activities you can take part in to enhance the effect of your blog is to build relationships with other bloggers. When I first started my law practice blog back in February of 2005, it wasn’t long before I started to make contact with other lawyers who were blogging. What I found most interesting was that we had a lot more in common than just our blogs.
We made contact via email initially. Most of the time we were discussing blogging techniques and where to find ideas and topics to blog about. Each of us, or at least the majority of the bloggers I talked with originally were blogging in the same niche I was blogging in. We linked to each other in our “blogrolls.” And we link to each other’s blog post, slanting them to our own niche or target market. In addition, if we came across an article or blog post we thought one of our fellow bloggers might find useful or interesting, we would email them around.
Later, most of us started to visit on a regular basis via instant messaging. We found whatever method we had available at the time to continue to build our relationships. Even picking up the phone and having a direct conversation. It was great and we all learned a lot from each other. For some of us, we even developed friendships which have lasted and flourished.
Recently, a lot of us have continued to grow those relationships by using twitter. And, like many, I have developed new relationships with new bloggers through twitter.
These techniques are just a few of the methods many of us use to build those relationships. But there are more. Recently, Problogger has run a series of some of the best tools for building relationships and maintaining them. I blogged about the first part of the series at 12 ways to build relationships with other business bloggers. Darren’s other two in the series are, 17 principles of building good relationships with bloggers, and what 28 of my blogging friends say about how they build relationships with bloggers.
Why are all of these techniques important to you as a blogger?
First, not only will you actually build real friends and relationships with these fellow bloggers. They will also help you get noticed. They will help you get traffic. And they will help you become a better blogger too. In exchange, you will be doing the same for them.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new from one of my blogging friends. And there is not a day that goes by I don’t have some form of communication with at least one of them.
Take a look at the links I have provided above and see how you can use them to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of your blog.
If you would like to discuss this further, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to developing a relationship with you.