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How to be a Friendly Blogger!

How to be a Friendly Blogger!

This June I will have been blogging for 3 years.  I would like to think I’m a friendly blogger!  I hope others would agree. I’d never given much thought about how to be a friendly blogger, I just tried to be me.

I started blogging properly to keep a record of my second pregnancy and to share some parenting tips I’d learned after having two children.  You know, because clearly now I’m an expert.


Moving on.

Blogging is such a fun outlet for me and I’ve talked before about the lovely opportunities it has given me and my family.

The biggest benefit by far though has been joining the whole Blogging community and particularly meeting and becoming friends with some amazing parenting bloggers all over the world.  There are so many that despite never meeting them in person, I consider them my friends.

So it got me thinking, how have I connected so well with people I’ve never met?

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Here are some of the ways I’ve tried to be a friendly blogger and some of the things other bloggers have done that have made me love them just a little bit more :)

1.  Comment Comment Comment

I read hundred of blog posts each week.  In fact, if I added up the number of posts I read each week and converted the number of words into books, it would probably be enough to fill a small library at least!  Maybe one of those mobile ones that visit schools.

I’ve written hundreds of posts myself but I still get tingles and nerves as I hit Publish.  Will people like it?  Will they think it’s silly or boring or worse, will NO-ONE READ IT?

So there’s nothing nicer and more reassuring than receiving a lovely ‘New Comment’ notification.  I try and comment on every post I read and I try my best to comment in a meaningful way.

2.  Share the love

After I read a post I love, I always share it on social media – mainly Twitter as I have the most followers on that platform.

It’s my way of spreading the love but also complimenting the blogger who wrote the post by shouting about it.  I’m so flattered when anyone shares my posts and that they’ve gone out of their way to do so.  It makes me want to give them a virtual hug :)

If I’ve found the post via a Linky* then I like to use the linkys hashtag too and any other relevant ones I can think of.  That way the post will be seen by as many people as possible and whoever runs the Linky gets a little bit more exposure too (I hope!).

* A Linky is a collection of blog posts on a certain theme hosted by someone on their blog.

3.  Follow their journey

I recently starting subscribing to all of the blogs I regularly read.  I read so many that I found I was missing some posts.

When you find a blog/blogger you love, it’s really nice to get to know them through their posts and subscribing to posts means you’ll get all of them.  You don’t have to read them all but the post title is usually clear enough for me to choose what I read.

I’ve set up a filter in my Gmail account so that all blog posts I’m subscribed to go into a separate folder and don’t appear in my Inbox.  This has made my life a lot easier and means I always have a folder of reading material at the ready.  My own mobile library.  (Sorry, what a NERD I am!)

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4.  Be polite

Good manners go a long way in the blogosphere, just as they do in real life!  So when anyone comments on my blog and social media posts, messages me or retweets me, I always reply saying thank you.

There are probably occasional times when I don’t get the opportunity to but I do my best.

That said, if I share another bloggers post, I definitely don’t expect a thank you from them, it’s just something I like to do.

5.  Give credit where it’s due

As much as all blogs are personal to the blogger writing them, there are only so many ideas for posts that can be done.

There are some posts I’ve read that have inspired me to write something similar, so I always mention that in the post and link back to the blogger who has inspired me.  I think (and hope!) that they see it as a compliment that I’ve enjoyed reading their post so much that I want to write something similar.

So there are the 5 ways I try to be a friendly blogger.

I love blogging and if you don’t already blog but are tempted to start, I say start today!  I think you’ll find it as therapeutic as I do.

If you already blog, do you have anything to add to the list?  Please feel free to comment below :)



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  1. Kate Tunstall
    / 5:30 pm

    I think you’re a very lovely, very friendly blogger! ????

    Can’t believe you still feel those nerves though, you’re so established and popular! Xx

    • / 6:20 pm

      Ah right back at you lovely! x x

  2. Lex Jackson
    / 10:08 am

    I love the tone you write in. It’s so positive and to be repetitive, friendly (you did the job, well done). I really liked the idea of sorting of emails in regards to any subscribed blogs (although it sounded all jumbled in my head, I must get to bed to recharge and then revisit the idea). Really need to get on this myself. I’m fairly new to blogging and love a good read, I read many posts a day too, BUT after reading this post I am definitely going to make more of an effort and find time to visit blogs (not just through linkies) and comment as much as I can. Hopefully karma will be kind. Thanks for the tips!

    • / 1:33 pm

      Oh thank you so much! I’ve found karma is definitely kind and the more I comment, the more lovely visitors I get too :)

  3. ShinnersandtheBrood
    / 1:07 am

    Really enjoyed your tips and advice, thank you! I’m a newbie. I have to say, I had no idea how overwhelmingly friendly and welcoming blogfolk are! I am still plagued by self-doubt (and I definitely get tingles and butterflies and hover over the ‘publish’ button for AGES!) but the feedback I am getting from other experienced bloggers is one of the things spurring me on to keep going!

    • / 1:05 pm

      Ah thank you and yes, I’m exactly the same with I hit Publish! :)

  4. Vicki
    / 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I’m just starting on the blogging journey and this is really helpful! Thank you

    • / 12:16 pm

      I’m so glad it helped and good luck! :)

  5. Cherie@Cherrysnotmyname
    / 2:11 am

    What a lovely post. I could feel the kindness oozing from it. There are some great tips too. I do some of these things some of the time.

    I need to be more consistent. I am going to see if I can set up a folder for all my subscriptions to go into. That is such a great idea.

    Thank you for sharing.


    • / 8:06 am

      Thank you :) I’m so happy it might have helped a bit! :)

  6. / 8:08 am

    Such a lovely post! I needed to read that. I had some other blogger being very judgemental (and quite rude actually!) about one of my posts tonight . Usually, I would not care and think ‘just go away and don’t check out my blog if you don’t like it’. But I don’t know why; this one bugged me. I have been only blogging for 3 months and met so many fantastic people. People like you!!! So thank you! I am feeling better now. And I am trying to do all your tips here. So it makes me think that I am a good blogger; better than this person who put such a nasty comment on my post…

    • / 8:20 am

      Thank you! It’s so hard to put yourself out there and want acceptance by all but some will disagree – hopefully in a respectful way of course. Keep going lovely :) x x

  7. Karen
    / 10:25 pm

    I need to read blog posts like this from time to time to remind me share the posts I read, tends to be the ones that I enjoyed a lot that I share but I will attempt to share more. Like you I could read easily 100 blogs a week. It’s such a good hobby. Ooo filters for email, good idea, just need to find the time! Found this through the mindful mummy mission blog who had linked up with #abrandnewday.. ????

    • / 10:48 pm

      Thank you :) it’s the best hobby isn’t it! :)

  8. Mindful Mummy Mission
    / 10:18 pm

    A really super post that reassures me that I am working reasonably along the right lines in this new world of blogging (though I am a bit hit and miss about sharing stuff on twitter and facebook!). It seems obvious – by yourself, be polite, do to others as you would wish to have done to you…. etc however, I worry I can come across to ‘gushy’ sometimes – but I guess it’s just good to be authentic and if I am on the ‘gushy’ side of things then so be it. Thanks again for a great post. x

    • / 4:08 pm

      Thank you! I am definitely on the gushy side! It’s genuine gushiness though ha ha! x

  9. Breakfastclubmum
    / 2:21 am

    Thank you. As a new blogger I am often concerned that I’m not following blogging etiquette. This was a really useful read.

    • / 11:52 am

      I’m so pleased this helps :)

  10. Darryl
    / 2:46 pm

    Such wonderful tips. I buffered this post to share with all our reviewers/bloggers. Businesses need to get more onboard as well.

  11. organisedjo
    / 7:44 am

    As a very new blogger (3 weeks eekkk) this post was really great to read, and your tips look helpful and can’t wait to start trying them out. I love helping people and if I can help them solve a problem it makes my day, one of the reasons I decided to start my blog. I hope I can bring this to my blogging and give respect where it is due, as I don’t have the answer to everything and love learning how others tackle the same problems.

    • / 10:14 am

      Thank you and good luck with your blog! x

  12. Dad's Diary (@blogger_dad)
    / 8:43 am

    I’m glad you’ve talked about this because I’ve found the blogging community can be really fickle at times. If I like someone else’s blog I’ll RT or share it but I don’t often get the same in return. In daily life I really value good manners in myself and others, so it can be frustrating. Try not to let it bother me too much but there’s plenty out there with slightly dubious manners. I’m glad you’re one of the good ones :-)

    • / 4:25 pm

      I completely agree about good manners – they should definitely stretch from real life to blogging :)

  13. Viki
    / 12:04 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I am extremely new to blogging and need all the advice I can get! Thank you for sharing!

    • / 12:06 pm

      Thank you – I’m so pleased it helps! x

  14. Lynn james
    / 11:40 am

    A great post….spied on #thelist. I love your blog and do subscribe. Your story is amazing and inspires me to write about honesty and harder hitting subjects. Loving bloggers kindness. Xx

    • / 1:28 pm

      Oh thank you so much for that Lynn x x

  15. Lauren
    / 7:30 am

    Thanks for the great tips and advice – I am starting out in blogging and am finding blogs like this really helpful! :D

    • / 1:29 pm

      Thank you Lauren! x

  16. debsrandomwritings
    / 6:35 am

    Hi Mim, I think your list is perfect. I agree that sharing is a big way of showing how much you enjoyed reading someones post, I too prefer Twitter and probably share 95% of the posts I read.

    I am not a fan of subscribing to blogs as I am terrible with my emails. If I get overwhelmed I tend to just delete the lot (does that make me a bad person?), I do however follow my favourite blogs on BlogLovin’. It’s so simple to do and not as overwhelming as a full inbox.

    I would love to read more posts, but I am such a slow reader and type so slow, it can take me an hour to read and comment on five blogs.

    I must say that when I started blogging I never expected the blogging community to be so friendly. It was a very pleasant surprise.


    • / 1:37 pm

      Thank you Debs! You’re absolutely right, it’s so hard to keep up to date with blogs but Bloglovin is a great resource to help and keep them all in one place :)

  17. Angela Webster
    / 6:30 am

    What a lovely post, I’ve met some lovely people (virtually)through blogging, I find in real life as in blogging is so better to be nice.

    • / 1:39 pm

      Ah the community is so so lovely :)

  18. Polyglot Jot
    / 2:03 am

    Hello! New reader here…these are great tips! Glad I found your blog :)

    • / 1:38 pm

      Oh thank you so much! x

  19. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy)
    / 10:02 pm

    Fab post huni, you are a total joy of a blogger and are always so supportive to me and everyone else. You need Feedly in your life it make commenting an absolute breeze (well almost) totally changed my life xx

    • / 2:20 pm

      Oh thank you beautiful Aby! Now I am totally off to check out Feedly, I LOVE your tips!! x

  20. Rachel (
    / 8:10 am

    Mim you are one of the nicest bloggers i have the pleasure of talking to online :) #TheList

    • / 7:56 pm

      Oh thank you lovely and you definitely are! x x

  21. Nat
    / 10:22 pm

    Yes! I think you are an exceptionally friendly blogger. I try my very best to ‘like’ and comment on all facebook posts as I know bloggers have a hard time getting their posts to actually appear in their followers page. Takes two minutes and give them so much more exposure.

    • / 2:21 pm

      And you are too – thank you Nat and that’s an awesome tip!! x x

  22. / 10:48 am

    What a fabulous post. I have been blogging as part of my photography business now for a few years but more recently set up a separate more day to day blog. I love getting replies from people. It’s great to know someone has actually read it and not just shared it without reading it. Not that i am ungrateful for the share.

    • / 12:02 pm

      Oh thank you! It’s so lovely to get comments :)

  23. Natalie Ray
    / 9:39 am

    Great post Mim, I could definitely take a few of these tips on board. I’ve made some lovely friends through blogging and for the first time ever I actually met one a few weeks ago, woop! In particular I must subscribe to more blogs, I always miss the posts too, I don’t keep a close enough watch on my bloglovin, tend to just read the ones that ping into my inbox.x

    • / 11:47 am

      Thank you lady! I’m the same – I hate missing out :) x x

  24. My Petit Canard
    / 9:30 am

    I love this post Mim! These are all lovely ways to be a friendly blogger that I was so pleased and relieved to realise I do (most of) too. When I started to read the post I wasnt sure whether I had been being a friendly blog so it was really nice to realise that I do lot of these normally, genuinely and sincerely. I think its so important to share the love with blogging and I love that you’ve captured these here :-) Emily #TheList

    • / 11:48 am

      Thank you! You are a very very friendly blogger :) x

  25. The Mama Nurse
    / 5:51 am

    LOVE your suggestion on making a new folder for email subscriptions!! Totally doing that as I too have a hard time keeping up with the bloggers I love. I’m fairly new to Twitter but it has quickly become my favourite social media because it gives me great access to other mom bloggers and their work. Thanks for the tips and I will happily share :D

    • / 11:57 am

      Thank you – it really helps me not miss out on posts! x

  26. You’re a very friendly blogger lovely Mim! Great tips here – some are common courtesy (so you would think/hope!) but sadly not everyone is kind and courteous. It’s a fab community and you get out what you put in I think xxx #thelist

    • / 12:04 pm

      Aww thank you lovely and you definitely are too! I completely agree with getting out what you put in :) x x

  27. Bargain Baglady (Sammy)
    / 8:46 pm

    Love your tips! Thanks for sharing sweet, I always love reading your new posts :3

    • / 12:04 pm

      Thank you lovely! x x

  28. Lori Stevenson
    / 5:47 pm

    Your post is very authentic!

    Going back and reading my own comments to bloggers I find that I come off as a VERY NICE PERSON! LOL… super supportive and kind. And why not?

    I’m also trying to build my tribe online. I love as well that reciprocity goes a long way in the blogging community. And like you when I find a blogger I like, I follow them and I shout them out all over the place. :-)

    Great ideas to help spread the love!

    • / 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much Lori! I love the support I get from other bloggers :)

  29. Agent Spitback
    / 6:24 pm

    Great advice, Mim! I have come to enjoy being part of the blogging community and value each one as a I would a friend in real life. I think being real is important, I am the same on social media/blogging as I am in real life, LOL….Well, nearly. I think I can let my craziness loose a bit more here too!

    • / 7:40 pm

      Hee hee I know what you mean, I think I’m the same! x x

  30. / 9:57 am

    …and I’m still getting used to remembering to quote the linky that helped me here #thelist

  31. / 9:56 am

    Thank you for this article. It’s such a big leap to publish your words online and it can feel sometimes like nobody is reading it. I had my first retweet of a blog post this week. I would have hugged the lady if I could have!

    • / 4:15 pm

      Oh I know exactly how you feel – I love it too! x

  32. Caroline
    / 12:54 am

    Some great tips. One of the things I struggle most with in time management, I have been blogging a while, but its taken a long time to get off the ground, so I am still trying to link up to lots of linkys to get my blog seen, but then stress about finding time to read and comment. x

    • / 4:17 pm

      I know what you mean – there is always something to do and not enough time to do it in! x

  33. Laura
    / 8:01 pm

    Wonderful advice :) I comment and share as much as possible but sadly I just don’t have enough time in the day to do as much as I would like. Don’t know how some of you guys do it lol?#thelist

    • / 4:17 pm

      Thank you Laura! I really struggle with finding time too! x

  34. Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi)
    / 7:49 am

    Lovely tips! I comment a lot but I’m rubbish at sharing on social media. It is something I’d like to do more of though, as well as being more active on social media in general. I’m totally with you on still getting nerves before hitting publish too – when I get a comment on a post I can breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all come across okay! :) #thelist

    • / 4:20 pm

      Me too – I really want to try and find more time to be on social media as I love it when I do chat more :) x x

  35. Kate / Pouting In Heels
    / 2:26 am

    A wonderful post lovely lady! It’s all about sharing that blogging love and supporting one another. After all, we’re all stronger together.

    I try my best to be as supportive and friendly with fellow bloggers, I just wish I had more time in the day to read smashing posts like this! :)


    P.S I love this post so much, I’m sharing it in my newsletter on Monday. :) X

    • / 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much beautiful Katie, that’s so lovely of you!! I want more time in the day too, just another couple of hours would be brilliant :) x x

  36. Kat @ Eat.Love.Live
    / 2:18 am

    This is some great advice Mim! I’ve been blogging for nearly a year and when I started, like most, I thought it was just going to be a creative outlet for me to write. Never in my wildest dreams did I think there would be such a wonderful community out there for me to be a part of. I’ve come across so many wonderful friendly bloggers! :) x

    • / 4:27 pm

      The blogging community is so so amazing, isn’t it! Despite blogging being about one person and their keyboard, we’re part of a much bigger team who are so supportive :) x x

  37. Bear and Cardigan
    / 2:07 am

    I have found so many really friendly people through blogging. I feel that I know so many that I haven’t met in reality because they are so supportive. I really agree with comments, I’m still very new to it all but try to comment on as many posts as I can. Each linky I try to do as many as possible, not just the 2 or so required. I just love to read comments too. I even got excited today as I had my first spammy comment! #thelist

    • / 4:28 pm

      I know what you mean I really feel like I know people too who I’ve never met! Ha ha, that’s so funny about the spam comment! x x

  38. / 1:30 am

    Lovely post and really great tips. I like to think I do most of these already..could always share more though, I just forget sometimes. I love when people comment, it makes me so happy and I often pop over to my commenters (?) blogs too, just so I can get to know them if I don’t already.xx p.s you are a wonderfully friendly blogger :) #TheList

    • / 4:34 pm

      Thank you! I do that too, it’s so nice to find new blogs that way :) x

  39. A Mum Reviews
    / 12:27 am

    Lots of brilliant advice as always! You are a really friendly blogger, Mim! :) x #TheList

    • / 4:35 pm

      Thank you lovely and you are too!! x

  40. Mummy Fever
    / 11:47 pm

    This should be compulsory reading before starting a blog I think! Great advice #TheList

    • / 4:35 pm

      Ah thank you lovely! x x

  41. Rachel Bustin
    / 9:40 pm

    A very inspiring post. I decided to start blogging last March after having 3 miscarriages. I needed to find a way to take my mind off things and felt writing a blog did that. We had been trying for a baby for 2 years and not having any luck. So we wanted to take a break – this led me to my blog. The funny thing is as I am writing this I am 40+5 days overdue with our baby girl. I am sure starting up my blog took off the pressure and while I had my mind on other things, I got pregnant. xx


    • / 4:39 pm

      Oh the biggest congratulations ever!! I can’t wait for you to meet your baby :) x x

  42. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    / 9:31 pm

    I have just started my blog and I wouldn’t want to be anything other than an friendly blogger :-) Some great tips here, luckily I am doing these and I will make sure that I continue. If someone did something for me in person I would say thank you, so it only seems natural to do so in the wonderful world of social media. x #thelist

    • / 4:39 pm

      Thank you! You’re so right, we’re polite in person so we should be blogging too :) x

  43. Emma
    / 8:42 pm

    Lovely post! I have only just discovered your blog but I really love it :-)

    I love getting comments on my blog so I always try to reply to each comment that I get to show my appreciation #thelist


    • / 8:52 pm

      Oh thank you! Me too, it’s such a nice feeling when someone comments – like this lovely one from you! x

  44. Katie
    / 6:47 pm

    Lovely post Mim. You are uber lovely and the first friendly blogger I met online. I love following your journey and reading about your life. Hope you are doing okay and staying strong xx


    • / 6:52 pm

      Oh thank you lovely Katie and that makes me feel very special :) You are a very lovely and friendly blogger! x

  45. Tracey Abrahams
    / 6:05 pm

    Giving credit where its due is a very important one. I always try to link up any blogger or post that inspires my posts, and I have had to stomp my feet a little before now where someone had clearly copied a post of mine without showing any credit to me (an almost identical title and intro paragraph being the problem ). #Thelist

    • / 6:12 pm

      Ooh that’s bad form and something I hear about quite a bit unfortunately. It’s so silly – they’re putting it out there for the world to see, there’s no where to hide! x

  46. Oh yes I am loving this personal library idea! What a brilliant idea, and don’t worry I am a total bookworm nerd too. It is always great to ahed to a linky (#thelist is where I found this post today,) and come across a great read and a fab looking blog! Have great day and thanks for the tips x

    • / 5:46 pm

      Oh thank you! It’s working out so well for me to have that folder – I get really excited when new posts pop into it :) x

  47. Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers
    / 12:44 pm

    Yep, I do most of these but I haven’t shared posts on social media much, I must really start doing it more! I do pin tons but I don’t utilise Twitter as much as I should! I do stumble posts I like though :) #TheList

    • / 5:47 pm

      Ooh I love pinning too – I could spend hours on Pinterest :) x

  48. / 10:21 am

    Great post and I think you’re a very friendly blogger :) I think commenting and sharing always are nice, makes you feel good when someone else bothers enough to spend that little extra time to show your post has touched a chord.

    • / 5:47 pm

      Oh thank you and you are too! x

  49. Hannah G
    / 6:22 am

    Thank you for some very great advice, as a new blogger I find posts like this really interesting and helpful. In the short time I’ve been blogging I have come across a few friendly bloggers and I hope to become one myself :)

    • / 5:48 pm

      Thank you – I hope it helps :) You seem like a very friendly blogger to me! x

  50. Little Pickle's Mom
    / 4:04 am

    Ahh what a LOVELY post! You’re right – manners cost nothing and it does often feel like the internet could do with being a much friendlier place. I’ve been lucky so far that in my short time as a new blogger, I’ve only encountered really friendly and supportive bloggers that have made me feel very welcome in the online-mummy community and long may that continue! <3

    • / 5:49 pm

      Oh thank you! Me too – I can count on one hand, and probably not even that, the bloggers who I don’t think are friendly – and even then they are probably just very busy :) x

  51. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    / 9:49 pm

    This great advice. I try to do as much of this as I can but there can be times when I’m swamped and don’t share the love around the way I should. A timely reminder for me to do so – thanks Mim!

    • / 9:50 pm

      Ah I know what you mean – I get distracted with something else and then I’ve missed my opportunity sometimes! x

  52. Christine @ Adventure, Baby!
    / 9:28 pm

    Lovely!! I’m terrible at leaving comments – I love getting them and I forget that other people do to :)

    • / 9:34 pm

      Ha me too – I really try though now because I know how much I love them myself :) x

  53. Emma @ Life, kids and a glass of red
    / 8:24 pm

    I’ve come across some wonderful bloggers on my journey. I even loved one blog so much, I bought her book that inspired her blog! (My Pink Champagne Life, by Meredith Shafer).

    • / 9:35 pm

      Oh wow I need to check that out too! x

  54. Kylie
    / 7:49 pm

    Great advice Mim. I’d like to think I’m a friendly blogger too. I thought I’d better comment just to make sure at least one of the friendly blogger points could be ticked off the list for me!

    • / 9:36 pm

      Thank you lovely and you most definitely are a friendly blogger – I can vouch for you! x

  55. BecomeMum
    / 6:02 pm

    Thanks for giving such honest and sound advice! I have enjoyed these two months of my new blog and especially engaging with everyone in the blogosphere. Thanks for the blog love!!

    • / 9:37 pm

      Oh thank you – and I’m so happy you love blogging as much as I do! x

  56. Faye
    / 10:15 am

    I’ve read your blog for a while now and love it! I am a bit of an oddball in that I rarely comment due to, I suppose, virtual shyness. I mean, how ridiculous is that?! And yet it grips me and I just ‘like’ it internally and then move on, popping back when that person writes again. But here I am now (hello!), braving it and commenting all over your lovely blog post. You must be good! ;)

    Oh and I totally agree – the community that comes with blogging is just amazing! Such a supportive place to be in! x

    • / 12:54 pm

      Oh thank you and I’m so so flattered that you have commented! They really are such a supportive community aren’t they :) x

  57. Martin Sully
    / 6:26 am

    Great advice, I love the fact that people take the time in their day to comment on blogs, I feel like you can also discover a lot about yourself doing it, and it’s fun to develop your own, unique, writing style. Have an awesome day!

    • / 12:55 pm

      Thank you Martin and I completely agree! :)

  58. Georgina whitehead
    / 12:18 am

    Thanks for the tips, some great nuggets of knowledge there for a first time blogger! :)

    • / 12:59 pm

      Thank you Georgina! x

  59. Emma
    / 10:13 pm

    Some really good advice! I think the blogging community is a wonderful one, so it’s great to try and get to know as many people as you can! x

    • / 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Emma and you’re completely right, they are lovely! x

  60. / 6:07 pm

    Brilliant tips. I am still only a month in to blogging and I try to do as much as I can. I really enjoy reading everyone’s stuff but I do sometimes struggle with replying to every comment as read them, then kids need something or teaching and I forget! You are right though – it’s kind and polite. I will make more of an effort!

    • / 8:09 pm

      Thanks Danielle and congrats on your first month – I hope you love blogging so far! It IS hard to find the time, sometimes I’m very late in replying :) x

  61. Anne
    / 10:53 am

    Couldn’t agree more with your advise! I am a new follower to your blog and I am enjoying your posts.

    • / 11:51 am

      Oh thank you so so much Anne, that’s really lovely to hear! x

  62. Kat | Beau Twins
    / 10:08 am

    Great advice lovely and so very true. I must admit I read posts and then bookmark to comment later but fail on occasions. It’s hard to keep up. I love sharing others posts, sharing is caring after all. Super duper post lovely. Sending love and hugs. Xxx

    • / 11:50 am

      I do the same – I’ve started keeping them in my email folder until I’ve definitely read and commented! We need more hours in the day though :) x

  63. Debbie Lucas - Mum plus One
    / 10:05 am

    I love this blog. I hope others will read it and do the same!

    • / 11:49 am

      Thank you so so much Debbie, that’s made my day! x

  64. Robyn
    / 9:03 am

    Great idea to have a seperate folder for your subscriber emails, I’m definitely going to set that up. I’ve got lots of blogs I want to keep up with but sometimes my inbox feels a little overwhelming. I like the way you describe it as a personal mobile library. You do a fabulous job of staying connected to your commenters, one of the few bloggers I check back with from time to time to see what replies you’ve made to my comments :)

    • / 11:49 am

      Oh thank you! And it’s made such a difference to me having that filter set up, give it a try! x

  65. Donna
    / 6:18 am

    I love this post and my main aim in my blogging life is to build solid, ever increasing social circles. I love the blogging community! x

    • / 11:48 am

      Thank you lovely Donna! You are certainly one of the friendliest bloggers I know :) :) x

  66. Maddy at The Speed Bump
    / 4:16 am

    Fantastic tips from one of the loveliest bloggers around! Love this, every blogger should read this when they’re starting out! xx

    • / 11:48 am

      Oh thank you lovely and likewise to you!! x

  67. / 4:06 am

    Found your tips really helpful, and make blogging feel a little less scary! Thanks X

    • / 11:47 am

      Thanks Sam and I know exactly what you mean – I didn’t even tell my friends and family about my blog for a year or so as I was nervous of the reaction! x

  68. Katy
    / 12:50 am

    I love getting comments on my blog (my stomach does a little flip still – how sad!!) – like you say, it’s lovely to know that someone out there has read it and engaged with what you’ve written. I’m making a real effort now to comment more – I read so many blogs but have a habit of being a bit shy. And I’m loving it! It makes me feel good to have left a comment, and it often gets a little back and forth going – I’m loving being a bit more interactive!

    • / 1:03 am

      I know exactly what you mean about the interaction – I love that posts can spark a real conversation :) x

  69. Another Bun
    / 10:53 pm

    This is a great post, and I will be taking heed of some of your tips going forward! Hopefully sharing of other bloggers posts will become more common, and it won’t just be groups of blogger chums sharing their chums posts (because seeing the same link 4 times from 4 different pages gets tiresome!). I do try and share what I’ve loved reading, no matter where it’s come from!

    • / 10:57 pm

      Oh me too, I love sharing! And I think people then remember and share back which is lovely :) x

  70. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    / 10:11 pm

    Great advice from a very friendly blogger! Knowing that someone is out there reading what you write is such a confidence boost. It gives you the motivation to keep tapping away. Something that I need to get on top of is reading all my favourite blogs regularly. I have a Bloglovin’ feed but often don’t have time to open the email each day. It makes me sad because I’m missing so much. If there’s a magic formula to finding the comment/reading/linky participation balance could you send it my way :) x

    • / 10:22 pm

      Oh so true – getting a nice comment, such as this lovely one, is like a seal of approval! I have no magic formula except I do now only have the time for 2-3 Linkys per week but I’d like to do more :) x x

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