how to support bloggers

How to Support Bloggers // A guide for all non-blogger friends

This post has been in my head for a VERY LONG TIME.

I’ve been blogging for 4 and a half years now which is a loooong time. For the first several months, I kept this blog a secret because I didn’t want to be ridiculed or shamed for it. You never know how people will react and my blog was the only place I could fully talk about books without boring people or being told “can you talk about/share anything else“? I didn’t want anything to taint it. It was (and still is) my safe space.

me with a stack of books almost as tall as me

After starting with college and becoming slightly more confident that I can brush off comments, I slowly started letting people in real life know about my blog. It started with casual mentions to new friends (whom I hadn’t become close to) as a trial to see how people would respond. And they were SO SUPPORTIVE. One of them actually asked for the link and binge-read my posts. It’s not a surprise that we became close friends after that.

With my newfound confidence, I started mentioning my blog to older friends as well. The response was mixed but by that point I honestly didn’t care.

One thing that I’ve realized since then is that people without blogs often don’t know how to support bloggers. To many, blogs are an old and/or foreign concept. YouTube is easier nowadays and since that platform took off, most people don’t even consider blogs anymore which is part of the problem.

As a follow-up to that point, I also realized that people generally won’t ask how to support you. I assume that it’s because its sometimes embarrassing to not know but I could be wrong. They’ll either try and do their best or they’ll try and give up (the latter happens more often). Instagram is easier to understand, right?

This post is for all clueless and well-meaning friends who want to support their friends but don’t really know how to.

I’ve been wanting to make this post for at least a year now but brushed it off because I wasn’t sure if it will actually help or whether some people might consider this a personal attack. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’m just going to post this and deal with what happens, even if it doesn’t get read.

Also side note, this is tangentially in-theme with current conversations on twitter where many people are calling out the fact that book bloggers don’t get as much attention or praise as booktubers and bookstagrammers. Book bloggers constantly support creators of other platforms but don’t get the same treatment. Bloggers work just as hard on their content. Support. Your. Blogger. Friends.

Related post: 5 Reasons Why I Love Book Blogs + 7 Ways to Support Book Bloggers by May @ Forever and Everly

how to support your blogger friends

[1] Read their blog posts

Even if the blog posts are not about a topic that you are interested in, you can still give it a read or a breeze-through. Oftentimes, blog posts are also about the bloggers themselves.

If you don’t have the time or energy, you can simply open the link and stay on it for a few seconds which counts as a view.

Blogs are like any other social media in this one aspect. We often look obsessively at the number of views we get because it means that so many people bothered to see our content and care about our words. Views matter just as much as likes and comments. You don’t have to interact with the post.

For example, I have many days where I receive little to no engagement in the form of likes or comments. But I see that a certain number of people visited and read my content. That alone gives me a rush of satisfaction and motivation to continue blogging.

Supporting your friend can be as easy as opening a link to a blog post.

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[2] Comment if you can.

It’s completely alright if you don’t relate with the content and don’t know what to say, or you don’t have enough energy to do it. But if you do have something to say, drop a comment! It’s generally very easy to leave comments on blogs.

We’re all well-versed with social media and how people love comments on their posts. Many people (probably including you) drop comments on Instagram posts easily. Why not do it on blogs, then? And I assure you, it means just as much, if not more, on blogs.

Blogging (in most cases) takes way more time than posting on Instagram. We have to write lengthy posts, proofread, add images, make specific graphics to go with the post, and even format the post so it’s easier for YOU to read.

An appreciative comment means so much to bloggers.

If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s generally only bloggers who comment on other blogs. It’s because only we know how much they mean. A blog post does not get comments easily. But that is also why they can matter more to bloggers.

Related post: What Blogging is Actually Like // 10 TRUE FACTS AboutΒ Blogging

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[3] Share on your socials!

Something that blogs see lesser than comments are shares. And even then it’s almost always other bloggers sharing.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love how welcoming and friendly the blogging community is. We’re constantly sharing each other’s posts and commenting and basically giving attention to as many people as we can.

If you’re not a blogger, you don’t know what it’s like to be one unless a blogger explains it all to you. And hence you might not know how much we value shares.

Even if the shares don’t result in new followers or readers, it means a LOT that you took the time to share a post. And since I’m on Instagram as well, I know that people do frequently share Instagram posts to support. Yes, that is easy to do with just two taps. But if you could spend a few extra seconds to share your blogger friend’s post, I guarantee you, their day would be made.

people on phones

[4] Talk about the blog!

I’m not saying you should become your blogger friend’s ambassador and recommend their blog to everyone (although that would be awesome).

Simply mentioning a fact from one of their blog posts to them in conversations or letting them know that you read and liked their post is HUGE. You might think that you reading their blog post won’t count as much if they receive other views but IT DOES.

Letting them know that you read their content which they spent a lot of time and effort on, and liked it, can make their day and even turn a bad day into a good one. Blogging is also a form of art. It requires creativity, time, and effort. Compliment your blogger friends like you would compliment your artist friends. I guarantee you, it means just as much.

two girls talking and smiling

This also helps bring blogging into conversations. Not all bloggers are super proud and confident. Not everyone is self-assured enough to promote their work often. It took me MONTHS to mention my blog to my friends even after deciding that I want to. And I still generally don’t talk about my blog because I don’t want to come off as attention-seeking or unintentionally monopolize the conversation.

When you share your blogger friend’s work, more people will find their blog and can like it. And it also lets your friend know that them talking about their blog often is welcome.

If you think that your friend does not want you to read their blog, you can simply ask them that. But its mostly not the case. We simply don’t bring it up because, more often that not, people are not interested in listening to us talk about our blog or blogging in general.

You know why many people consider blogging as a thing of the past even though there are tons of AMAZING blogs on the internet with better content than you will ever find on YouTube? Because people don’t talk about blogs enough anymore.

I’d like to take this moment to quickly shout-out and say THANK YOU to all my friends from my real life who take the time to go through my posts and talk to me about it. Some read every post and tell me that they liked it, some read and mention parts of a post in off-hand comments weeks later in conversations, and some of you actively let me know that I’m doing great. A couple of you even follow me. It honestly means a lot and I remember every single comment/mention because it doesn’t happen often.

person on laptop
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[5] Follow via email

I never thought that this would be a fact which non-bloggers wouldn’t know until I was told first-hand “I can’t follow you since I don’t have WordPress”. You can follow blogs via email!

And it’s a wonderful feature too. You just add in your email address where its asked (usually in sidebars or footers on blogs) and hit subscribe or follow. Here’s an example:

Every time the blogger posts, you will get an email with the post so that you can keep up with posts even if the blogger hasn’t shared it on social media.

Of course, this is only if you really want to and you don’t have to do it. But it would be nice.


And that’s it! These are the easiest and most basic things you can do to support your friend.

Bloggers, if you want to share this post and not-so-subtly provide a handy guide for your friends who are clueless but well-meaning, that is also why I made this post so go ahead and do it.


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59 thoughts on “How to Support Bloggers // A guide for all non-blogger friends”

  1. Wow this is so nice sumedha. I love your general posts related to blogging tips, topics to blog, blogging 101 and other kinds of simply blogging related stuff. It takes my mind off for a while and inspires me to work on my own blog haha.

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  2. I started out sharing most of my work to non-bloggers (friends on FB, in real life), but that has since evolved into sharing with the wonderful community here on WordPress. So I guess I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a non-blogger audience.

    I hope that any of my non-blogger friends who still read my blog does stumble across this post though, so that they can support me better, lol. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Ah you had the opposite experience as me! I started with building a blogger audience and then included non-blogger friends so I clearly see the difference in attitudes.

      I hope your friends do come across it (or you can just share it on fb and let them know haha, everyone needs a nudge). I’m glad you liked this post!

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  3. Ah thank you so much for putting this together, it’s so helpful, especially for new bloggers and ofc just readers in general. Also, this post is very timely rn because ahh bloggers are so underappreciated. I’ve def been trying to do this for ages but just really recently have been doing it ALL more regularly and it truly does help. LOVED this post xx

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    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful!! I’ve just been getting more and more annoyed how bloggers work extra hard to give each other attention + others too because we’re nice and don’t get anything outside of the community haha. Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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  4. Such a great post!! And it’s so relatable how you kept your blog secret (or at least didn’t tell your friends about it) at first. Many of my friends actually still don’t know I have one; but also, it feels kind of weird to just randomly drop that fact into conversation somehow?? The funny thing is, a few of my other friends are actually my oldest readers, because for a long time, my blog was private and they were the only ones with access… So I guess I still haven’t fully figured out how to handle this issue πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But nonetheless, I think it’s great that you’re spreading awareness among non-bloggers! I definitely didn’t know how to be supportive before I had my own blog, so this would have been really helpful back then!

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    1. Thank you so much!! And I totally get you about randomly dropping it in conversations. It feels so weird, right? Having a separate Instagram account is so much easier to say than having a blog because (and this happened to me) many people will respond with “what’s a blog exactly?” or they’ll just ignore it. It’s totally weird and I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with this haha.

      Thank you for the lovely comment! I’m so glad you find this as a good resource 😊

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  5. I actually haven’t shared my blog with my RL friends… One reason is that I’m a high school teacher, and I don’t want anyone to link my work and my blog – because I read a lot of romance and erotica, and that is really not any of my students’ business.
    I think it’s also because I’m still not sure if my friends would be interested at all, and I’ve been blogging for over 8 years. I’m fine with just hanging out with other book bloggers, though πŸ™‚
    I love the different aspects of sharing and interacting you posted about here.
    Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh that makes sense that you wouldn’t want your blog to be linked to your work! At least you have your blog to freely talk about those books, though.

      8 years and you’re still not sure if friends would be interested, that’s exactly what I’m talking about in this post! People just don’t try with blogs anymore. It’s a sad thing. At least we have the blogging community πŸ™‚

      Happy weekend!

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  6. I’ve only been blogging for a month on my site, and I am still so hesitant about sharing any of my posts on social media. I mention my blog to some close friends, but I also tell them to please keep it to themselves. I don’t know why, but I am frightened of what acquaintances I’ve known for years will say about it! Thanks for sharing these tips. Perhaps, one day soon, I will be brave enough to share my blog on my social media.

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  7. I’ve only been blogging for a month on my site, and I am still so hesitant about sharing any of my posts on social media. I mention my blog to some close friends, but I also tell them to please keep it to themselves. I don’t know why, but I am frightened of what acquaintances I’ve known for years will say about it! Thanks for sharing these tips. Perhaps, one day soon, I will be brave enough to share my blog on my social media.

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  8. I love all of these tips for supporting bloggers! Glad that you’re not allowing negative comments get to you. YESS on these tips. Reading a blog post goes a long way :). Sharing on social really gets the word out there! I always found it hard to talk about my blog to non-bloggers, but it has been getting easier.

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. I’m glad you liked the post Nancy! It definitely gets easier with time but it’s unfortunate that all bloggers seem to go through the same experience.

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  9. I just came across this post now! I really like this blog, and you have some very good tips! Tip 4 is something I can really relate to! I know when people talk about my blog posts and say how it has helped them or inspired them that is usually enough to make my day!! I loved reading this thank you for sharing!

    Feel free to read some of my blogs as well πŸ™‚

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  10. I love this post!! The things you shared about here are what I wish my non-blogging friends knew – especially just reading & sharing the link helps so much πŸ™‚ When I first started blogging, I didn’t even use my real name cause I was so shy!

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  11. I LOVE THIS POST! It’s so wonderful! And really true how people who don’t have blogs don’t know how to support bloggers. I didn’t before I started my blog. To add to the follow via email thing…you can also follow in other ways. It might not be noticeable to the blogger (that’s why I don’t put a lot of emphasis to my numbers), but it’s still great. Personally, I follow everyone via FEEDLY which won’t show up as a number, but I’m there and I keep up with everyones posts πŸ™‚ GREAT POST. I LOVE IT.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH MOLLY!! Oh yes Feedly and other such places are lovely but I think people who don’t keep up with many blogs won’t use those platforms anyway? That was why I didn’t add them in the list.

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  12. […] There’s been a good deal of discussion in the book blogging community (and even some in the broader bookish community too) about how book bloggers don’t tend to get enough recognition for our work. If you’re wondering how to support us as book bloggers, check out Sumedha of The Wordy Habitat‘s wonderful piece on how to do just that! […]

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  13. Oof I related so much to the part about not mentioning your blog to your friends initially. I didn’t tell mine I had a blog for almost an entire year. I had an intense fear of being ridiculed. πŸ˜… But they ended up being very supportive.
    I agree with all your points! Sharing a blog on social takes only a few seconds and it can really help us out.

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      1. Oh yiiikes. I’ve always felt that we as bloggers write more for other bloggers and readers than our own friends. I have just one friend who actively reads my blog. The rest just do so when I β€œcancel” their childhood favorite authors oops. πŸ˜‚

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      2. I used to simply write to share my thoughts. I get a lot of “if you blogged about stuff other than books, like life, I’d read!” which pisses me off cuz I post life updates?? I write for everyone so it annoys me *sigh*

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  14. This post is literally everything, thank you so much for all your time in writing it ❀ I definitely agree with you on sharing on social media, I don't share other people's posts on social media enough to be honest but when I'm about on twitter I do my best to retweet if I see any. Every so often I get reminded how much someone sharing my post on social media means to me, cause my heart just feels so full from them simply sharing. I started my blog when I was in this weird transition stage, so I wasn't seeing my old friendship group like at all and I'd yet to make any new ones at college but the teachers at college new about my blog. (cause I kept using it for my projects xD) but I definitely get feeling hesitant to share it, there's definitely certain people who I'd hesitate to share my blog with just because it's my safe place you know?

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment! And yes, I totally relate on being hesitant to share the blog. It’s our safe space and we don’t know who will ridicule or be rude, right? But from my recent experiences, go on ahead with mentioning your blog. The worst people can do is not care (which kinda hurts but it also helps in knowing who really supports you) so.. yeah.

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