Do You Travel the Blogging Journey Solo?

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  March 12, 2022 blogging tips 🕑 3 minutes read

East Cape, New Zealand.

 

One huge error I made as a new blogger: going it alone.

 

I tried to do everything by myself. I never bothered networking. Heck; I did not even listen to my readers….mainly because I had no readers. Ha!

 

Perhaps you know the drill. Write a blog post. Publish the blog post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Maybe Pin it, too. Sit there and wait. Do nothing else. Do not network on social media. Do not comment genuinely on blogs. Never guest post. Simply write and publish 1-2 posts weekly. Or write and publish one blog post daily. Even if you blog daily you are likely in genuine blogging trouble going the journey alone. No one succeeds solo. Blogging is a team sport.

 

I published a high volume of content to my old blog but did nothing else. I never made friends. I never talked to people on social media. I never commented genuinely on blogs. What happened? Nobody read my blog posts. I published to a chamber of echoes. I shared my blog posts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn but since I made no friends on those sites, nobody followed my blog posts and clicked on my blog post links on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Few people care about you, your blog and your blogging business if you go the blogging journey alone because folks care about you if you care about them. Caring about fellow bloggers and loyal readers begins with engaging bloggers and readers genuinely through your blog, through their blogs, through social media and through guest posting. The blogging journey gets easier and easier for social bloggers because blogging buddies:

 

  • promote you
  • endorse you
  • buy your stuff
  • hire you

 

Being generous is the simplest way to make blogging friends. Blogging friends accelerate your success. But foolishly, I tried to overcome going solo by volume publishing uber thin content to my blog for a long time. I did not see success with this strategy; nobody listened. I could have published 100 posts daily. Publishing 100 posts for no readers means no one reads my 100 posts and my traffic sits at zero.

 

Best-case scenario; through sheer will power on my part, perhaps a few hundred people visit my blog daily but no one seems genuinely interested in my blog posts and no one becomes clients or customers because I have no friends, no bloggers who vouch for me, no one who spreads my blogging business via word of mouth marketing.

 

Referral marketing is huge. Guest posting is huge. Connected, generous bloggers influence referral marketing through their blogging buddy network. Connected, generous bloggers land guest post invites through their blogging buddy network.

 

Blogging buddy networks grow for bloggers who never go it alone but generously, genuinely build a team of blogging friends around them, through their persistent, patient service. I helped many bloggers over the years. I continue to assist many bloggers to the day. Networking freely sure hasn’t hurt me. Not networking freely killed my blogging career over a decade ago. Lesson learned.

 

I finally fully realized this: I am in the people business. I am in the business of helping human beings through my blog and through blogger outreach. But my blogger outreach campaign is based on generously helping people and expecting nothing in return. I do not try to manipulate or force people to do stuff for me after helping this out. This is not blogger outreach. This is blogger obnoxiousness.

 

Frame blogging as a team sport. How did you build your team today? How many bloggers have you helped? How can you be more helpful? How can you be more social? Get connected. Network genuinely. Engage Twitter followers. Chat with friends on Facebook. Blogging relationships form the foundation for all thriving blogging campaigns.

 

Stop trying to blog solo. No blogger succeeds based solely on their efforts. Pro bloggers understand the concept of teamwork. Pros build large, loyal friend networks to gain massive exposure over the long haul. Failing bloggers try to blog solo; none succeed.

 

Make blogging easier and easier. Help bloggers. Build your friend network. Blogging friends freely accelerate your success by:

 

  • promoting you
  • endorsing you
  • buying your stuff
  • hiring you

 

Doesn’t that sound like an intelligent way to blog?

  1. Lisa Thomson says:
    at 6:46 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Ryan. Some of the best support I get are from other bloggers. I try to maintain contact with these loyal writers even when I’m not blogging often because I want to keep these connections. Thanks for sharing you advice and experience! New Zealand is on my bucket list. Is that where you are right now?

  2. Tanish Shrivastava says:
    at 9:07 am

    I did started out alone initially. But as people left comments on my blog, I started to leave comments on their articles as well in response.

    Then, I ran into problems, because a lot of the blogs are about pictures and such, while I’m blind. What opinion could I offer them?

    But I feel good when I take an interview, and give the person a platform to speak their heart out. Naturally, I feel great when my traffic increases because interviews are popular.

    Speaking of which, would you like to give an interview for my blog? We can exchange questions on mail. I’ll send you a collection of questions, some follow up questions, and we’ll be done. If you agree, then message me on tanishatwork@gmail.com for further discussion.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:12 pm

      You are doing a fine job. Sharing what you know, making friends and enjoying the process makes blogging easier.

      I can definitely do an interview Tanish.

      My email: rbbidd@mail.com

      I’m not interviewing anyone on BFP these days as I am just updating old content, primarily.

  3. Adam says:
    at 10:03 am

    Hey Ryan – thanks for writing an article like this. It is inspiring for new bloggers and helps us connect with what really matters (each other and our community!)

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:05 am

      Adam thanks much. Per your question, guest posting is permanently closed on BFP after being open for about 8 years. I cannot allow any self-promoting either because any time I did, 100’s of bloggers drop spam comments with their links to blog posts and it takes hours for me to clean up. Keep on inspiring brother.

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