Written by:2010/07/21 09:34 AM
The term "no man is an island" is so true. As human beings we are dependent upon each other. In all facets of life, having a strong social network and strong community is an important aspect to our daily living
Blogging, another aspect of our social life also needs that network, that strong community. So it is important that you build your community from the get go.
I recently experienced the great and fantastic bond and helpfulness of my blog community. In time of need many people in my community came to my aid.
You see, I had both my hands bitten by a dog. Could not type that well. So I thought to myself, let me try and make a plea to my readers and see what transpires. I asked for some to do guest post.
What happened nearly brought tears to my eyes. I got flooded with well wishes. Many also sprung into action producing awesome content as guest posts for my blog.
I had a blog post every day for more than a week. This was a tremendous help to me as it gave me time off to heal. Not only physically, but mentally as well.
If you build your community up correctly, you will be amazed as to how they will dive in to help when you need them the most.
The way to build up a successful community is to give before asking, and to give much. Don’t try to build a blog community just to get free traffic and free guest posts. That's not the idea. The idea of a blog community is for your participation, for you to get involved.
You need to build up other bloggers, promote their blogs, and write guest posts for them.
Come up with other ideas to how you can be an asset to your community. I have tried to do just that with this blog. Build others up, promote their blogs and to re-tweet their posts, as much and as often as I can.
What ideas can you come up with?
Building a community is a long term effort. Have patience and be persistent and consistent. Remember trust and friendship are earned and never expected or demanded.
So now it’s over to you. Start building your community.
What I would like to do is get you to list some task, processes that you feel is important to building a blog community. List them in the comments below. The reason why I want you to do this is for the community, obviously. Your experience and expertise might go a long way to help another readers here.
So your homework/task is to share how you are building your blog community. Share what works and what does not.
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