I don’t know about you, but I find it kinda annoying when bloggers write about how to blog. I mean, unless there’s some really great advice in there (or anything Corinne writes as she’s a blogging queen), I’ll just skip straight past them, and if I see them pop up on my Twitter feed, chances are they won’t even get a click. I think what I’m trying to say, is that this post isn’t really about giving advice, its just my account.
Bloglovin was something I only got maybe a year or so ago, and I quickly lost interest as I found I just wasn’t gaining any followers, which is particularly disheartening when you scroll past pages and pages of bloggers with hundreds of thousands of followers. Naturally, I couldn’t be bothered to waste my energy on promoting it, but in recent months I’ve picked it back up, and have been amazed at the results of a little more effort!
So what have I done?
I follow back
I promise a follow back for anyone who follows me, and I stick to it. Everyone who follows me gets a follow back, and as well as this growing my following, it provides an incentive for other bloggers to grow theirs, and also gets some fresh posts in my feed
Finding new blogs
As well as a blanket policy of following everyone who follows me back, I’ve actually made a lot of effort to hunt for bloggers to follow. I check my ‘recommended blogs’ every week, and as much as possible follow blogs with fewer followers so I can read more smaller blogs and help others to grow!
Sharing my link
I’ve gone back to scheduling tweets about my Bloglovin account, especially when I’m closing in on a milestone, but in general it just gets the word out there! Also when I see other bloggers asking for links, I’m not afraid to send mine like I used to be!
Asking for links
As part of my hunt for new blogs to follow, I’ll often tweet out asking for people to send me their links. Sometimes I assume I’m following blogs on there, only to find I’m not, and this way, I can ensure I’ve got as many of my favourite bloggers in my feed as possible.
While my following may not be as amazing as other bloggers, I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in the last year – I mean, I don’t even think I had 50 at the beginning of the year! A little bit of hard work is really paying off, and I can’t wait to hit my next milestone!
If you’re on Bloglovin, drop me a link in the comments so I can follow you!