Networking as a blogger is sometimes under-valued as an important way to build your blog. Networking now is more seen (by most people that do not own a blog) as a means of getting followers. To have a number of people that are willing to follow you. And that brings up one important question: “Where do they want to follow you to…”. What’s all the fuss about. Networking is what you make of it.
Networking New Social Media
Once upon a time, there was this little internet experience going on. It was called Facemash. It was nothing more than a ‘Who is Hot’ college based website, containing no more than the information of around 500 fellow students.
Facebook came out of that idea and was born on the campus of Harvard University. Nowadays Facebook is one hell of a ‘sharing’ community and it has around one billion users. Basically Facebook made networking easy for everyone.
But… Yeah there is always a but. Facebook is not so hot anymore. And – important for a blogger – there is a limitation to the people you can add to your network. I worked the boundaries of that and got my wrist slapped by the Facebook police. There is a mugshot of me in their files now. Me, a criminal…
Now, my favorite is Twitter. The mother of all social networking sites. I have been using it for a couple of years now and is – in my not so humble opinion anyways – the place to network. I am on my third account now, the first two I deleted because I was inexperienced and tried too hard.
— Jan Bierens (@JanBierens) February 11, 2013
What DID I do wrong?
You better get all comfy in your chair now, it’s a long story. But you know what? In the end we can learn from our experiences. Or have a good laugh about my stupidity. In short this is somewhat of a confession. Are you listening, Padre?
- I was being a troll. I thought I knew it all and talked about any subject ‘pretending’ I knew it all. I jumped on any discussion, trying to get as much followers as I could. I wanted to be one of the head honcho’s, but I received the proverbial kick in the nuts instead. There. They were right. I was wrong.
- I was taking myself to serious. I was trying too hard.
- I talked to people online on Twitter, but I did not ‘connect’. There was no mutual ‘click’. Gained a follower and never talked again to him or her.
- I was too busy focusing on me, me, me and not them!
- I had trouble understanding social networking is a two way street.
- I started off every sentence with ‘I’ in whatever I was posting on Twitter
- I am doing that again, right now – as we speak!
- I was networking like a blogger. NOT
I did not get suspended from Twitter and I didn’t start off every sentence with ‘I’. This was just for educational purposes only – an example. The Facebook wrist slapping was for real though. I like to walk the boundaries of what I can get away with sometimes…
Communication IS Important
Ok. It’s like this. You can have a zillion followers you never talk to on any social networking site, but when you don’t communicate you’ll be going nowhere. You just have a group of people that probably like what you post but no more than just that. Of course if you’re a little bit like me you probably like it, just because.
Blogging for fun? Blogging for tha moolah? You will be more successful when you connect and keep talking to people you value.
And yes, there will be friends coming and going, but in the end you will have a close group of friends around you. They support you and you try to support them. You will all benefit.
If you are a blogger you tend to connect to bloggers. That’s just natural. Comes with the addiction. It does. No way you can deny that. And you should connect to bloggers. They are the same breed as you. I have seen (and there is scientific proof of that) bloggers and seo experts connecting. If one pollinates the other you’re in for a treat! A Blogging SEO expert. Mix in some Social Media Mogul and you end up with something awfully awesome. I have on-line friends like that! They are friends! Do you think you need people like that? YES.YOU.DO. End of story.