Blogging communities can be a bit hit and miss; what works for one blogger may really not fit well with another. This year, it’s clearer than ever that finding a community you can actively engage with as a blogger is key. When I say engage with, I mean engage with. No link dumping and running, I’m talking about genuine, solid interaction.
It’d be easy to assume that social networks are a blogger’s only source of community and growth, but you’d be wrong. The internet of old, with it’s list-based forums and messengers, isn’t quite as dead in the water as you may think. Read on to discover the top seven blogging communities you need to join in the new year.
I’ll admit, I may have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, but I’ve only begun to use Reddit properly in the last few months. If you’re like me and have no idea what it is, Reddit is essentially a huge forum board of communities that are based around topics and ideas. You can upvote or downvote topics and conversations too, adding an extra layer of interactivity. There are communities for all sorts of things, including blogging and freelance writing, but most importantly, Reddit is a content goldmine.
If you’re looking for information, ideas or if you’re hunting down the funniest viral video content for your Facebook page, Reddit is one of the best places to find it. Be careful though, it’s surprisingly easy to fall down a Reddit-hole and be immersed for hours!
Another one I was late to catch onto, Bloglovin’ curates a feed of blogs that you’ll enjoy reading and provides you with space to follow, comment and engage with other bloggers. I’d like there to be more of a forum aspect to this site, but for finding interesting content and making connections, it’s a great starting point.
Bloglovin’ is one of the main blogging communities that’s specifically tailored towards writers, content creators and, unsurprisingly, bloggers. No matter what you’re writing about, you’re bound to find a sense of community to suit you.
A little bit like Reddit, Disqus is a news and blogging community that focuses on commentary, albeit often linked to online content. You can also use Disqus to comment on others’ blogs and build an online profile across multiple channels. I like to explore the various topics as content sources as well as finding interesting discussion points with other commentators.
There are some clunkier aspects of the profile set up I’m not too fond of, but aside from that Disqus is a great way to build rapport and add your comments across a range of articles online. It is a little more American-focused than I’d like at times too, but that’s just the way of the world!
This is a new find for me, but Amino is another really cool place to find communities based upon your interests. You can build a profile and use it with your phone as an app too, which is really useful on the go. Again, this could become a Reddit-like wormhole with so many different avenues to explore, but get involved and you’ve got a greater chance of broadening your readership.
It’s not a blogging community per se, but there are ways you can build your following and add mini-blogs to each Amino you’re a part of. All this works to increase your profile and this will, in turn, drive people towards your main blog.
There’s also the option to have actual chats on there. You,
Ok, I know what you’re going to say, but hear me out. Yes, LinkedIn is better known as the professional social network. Yes, you do need to be more selective with the content you share on there, particularly if you’re not an ‘out in the open’ blogger yet. However, LinkedIn can create some incredibly useful connections, and is a solid way to expand your readership further.
Just make sure that the work you share there is the work you’d like to represent yourself professionally with. Potential business contacts really aren’t going to be that impressed by hastily-written rant posts, for example, so just use it wisely. There’s nothing wrong with being yourself, but always remember who your audience is and that different types of content work better on different types of network.
Mix used to be called StumbleUpon, and is not too dissimilar to Pinterest in some ways. It curates articles, and you can submit your own to the network as well, increasing your reach and potential readership. I like the new interface and it’s somewhat less cluttered than other communities.
It’s also quite similar to Bloglovin’ in the sense of not having a forum/chat area, but I think it’s a great place to showcase your work and catch up with a range of handpicked articles that are relevant to your blog goals.
This one may be fairly well-known amongst fellow creatives, but DeviantArt is a great platform to meet fellow writers, artists and talented designers. It’s not somewhere you’d immediately think of when discussing blogging, but it has a rich source of highly engaged members (over 47 million of them) who share their writing work as well as images.
Check it out and see for yourself, but take it from me, you don’t have to be an artist to use it! Just don’t treat it as a link dumping ground, be sure to engage and interact with the other creatives in the network.
So there you have it, 7 blogging communities you need to be part of next year. I know I’m going to be making more effort to whittle down the right channels for my work, what about you?