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Blogging 201: Buddy Up

Ready for a longer-term commitment? Find a blogging buddy and create a partnership for mutual support and growth.

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Are we at Day Eleven already? Time evaporates when you’re having fun. The comment threads for Blogging 201 assignments and The Commons are filled with lively conversations and tons of support as you experiment with your blogs and share the results. It’s wonderful to see bloggers helping each other and new friendships beginning.

Now, we want you to think about taking a friendship to the next level, so you’ll have that support once Blogging 201 ends. We know commitment can be scary, but it’s time.

Today’s assignment: find a blogging buddy. If appropriate, plan to publish guest posts on one another’s blogs.

Note: If you don’t see guest posters as an option for your blog, that’s totally fine. Blogging 201 is designed to help you think about new ways to build your brand and grow traffic — there’s no such thing as a mandatory assignment. You can find a buddy to lean on for feedback and support, minus the guest posting.

Why do this?

  • Because your blogging buddy is sure to tell their friends and followers about their guest post on your site, bringing you some potential new followers and maybe even a traffic bump. The natural cross promotion boosts both blogs.
  • Because collaborating spawns post ideas you can both use to fill out your editorial calendars.
  • Because it’s always more fun to do something with a friend — especially a naturally community-oriented activity like blogging. You can laugh, make mistakes, teach one another, learn, and have fun supporting each other along the way.

When two heads are better than one

Burt & Ernie

These two have been buddies forever… they should really start a blog.

At The Daily Post, we enjoy working with guest posters: RarasaurAndrea Badgley (who’s since joined us as a Happiness Engineer!), and Vincent Mars have all done creative writing challenges. Ben’s guest photo challenge blew us away. Dominic Stafford and Nomadruss have written great guest posts on street photography and photographing people.

Why do we invite them in? They have one thing in common — they’re excellent at what they do and, they’re willing to share that talent with the world. We’re only too happy to have them aboard.

We learn a lot from them; each of them challenges us to think differently about what we do. Our readers win in discovering new bloggers to follow, and they benefit from the expertise of a valuable new perspective. Our guest posters gain new fans and followers, and a traffic boost from posting on a different platform.

Still not sold? Read this. (Go on, we’ll wait for you.)

Where to find your buddy

Not sure where to find your blogging buddy? Here are some ideas to consider:

Pro Tip: There are many paid guest blogging opportunities, which you can find on sites like ProBlogger; that type of guest blogging is more like freelance writing than just lending your voice to another individual’s blog.

The Commons is a great place to start. You’ve already been posting questions and participating in discussions with others. Has anyone been especially helpful to you? Is there someone you have good rapport with, or whose blog you admire? Think about contacting that person. Don’t be shy! If you feel a connection, chances are they do, too.

Have you commented on one of the Blogging 201 assignment threads? Has someone offered words of support and encouragement? This person might be a blogging buddy waiting to happen.

Do you have a follower that comments thoughtfully on your blog posts — that person who always takes the time to ask a good question, start a meaningful discussion, or just has something witty or insightful to add to the conversation? Think about reaching out — your thoughtful commenter might just become your blogging BFF. If there’s a blog that always brings out the best comments in you, that’s another place to start.

What’s the best way to reach out?

Discretion is nine tenths of the law (or something like that). If you’re comfortable reaching out on The Commons, feel free. Otherwise, we recommend contacting them privately — perhaps by visiting your potential buddy’s blog and contacting them via their contact form, if they have one, or an email address they list. If they don’t have a contact form, comment on one of their posts. If you don’t shoot, you don’t score.

First date ideas

You’ve got a buddy and are basking in the warm glow of new friendship. Now what?

Start by familiarizing yourself with your buddy’s blog — read their last few posts and their about page. Poke around any other links. Next, get things going by just seeking and giving feedback. Is there a question you asked on The Commons that didn’t get much response? Is there something you’re still not sure about? Your buddy is the perfect person to ask.

Once the post is live, spread the word of your partnership: use their Twitter handle when you promote the post, or tag them in a Facebook update. Twice the social networking means twice the love.

Now, explore whether guest posting will work for the two of you. You’re familiar with one another’s blogs — what can you each add? Is there a perspective or idea you’d love a guest to explore? Toss some ideas around. You’ll also want to work out some boundaries; even if the guest blogger is a close friend, it’s useful to establish things like length, style issues (no foul language, no real names, photo citations, etc.,), who will respond to comments, and how much say you’ll have over each other’s posts. (For what it’s worth, The Daily Post’s rule of thumb is to edit guest submissions as little as possible.)

If you’re not going to guest post, you can still be helpful buddies. Promote each other’s posts on your social networks — we know you’re looking for more content to share. Link to them in posts, or from your sidebar. And of course, keep using one another for candid feedback and moral support.

Share with the class

Have you already got a blogging buddy? First, get another one. Second, share your blogging buddy origin story with us. How’d you meet? Do you post on one another’s blogs? How has the relationship been helpful? Your experiences are invaluable to others just starting out.

Ready to buddy up? Head to The Commons.

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  1. I’ve been an author on another blogger’s blog for a few months now. We’re both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans. She mainly writes short posts analyzing different relationships between characters and technology alike, and I write fan fiction (on my own blog, I’m a novelist). It works well. About two hundred of her views to date are of my posts. I post the same posts on my own blog, but as pages instead.

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      1. Oh please, call me Perse. I’m on a first-name basis here. No, I don’t believe I have. I’ll take a look at it when I have time. Perhaps I’ll reblog it on my buddy’s blog:) Her blog is http://rindastartrekds9.wordpress.com.

        Good news: I may have a buddy soon. We’re hammering out a guest-posting agreement!

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    1. Poojasachan, Your blog looks good and you have chosen a topic likely to bring in comments in your article about women in India. What you say is so true and so very sad. India is in a political quandary in this generation. Should they punish mothers for killing their unborn daughters? Would that be discriminating against women? Or would it protect the rights of women not yet born?

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    1. Cool! Shall we exchange contact details to discuss this? Best way would be perhaps through FB? If you like my page there, you should be able to send me a message? I’ll then give you my e-mail address. 🙂

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    1. Back in my Blogging 101 ride, a fellow blogger who liked my writing style and wit (when it decides to make an appearance) simply reached out to me to ask if I might be interested in writing a post based on a weekly series he setup. He simply provided me a little context and what he hoped I could do and let me loose.

      Obviously making that first step was huge, but it got me thinking on how it truly is like asking out that first crush – as tough as it might be, you find someone you like and work up the courage. The worst that they can say is no (or maybe not respond), but the great thing about our blogging community is that we have so many people out there that would jump at the opportunity but are just waiting to be asked!

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  2. All of these assignments are actually really time consuming as is getting my blog started. I know, however, that it will pay off! At the moment I am spending so much time getting small details ready, sometimes changing some details according to an assignment from three or more days prior. I am guessing that all of it will keep me busy until the end of November, but once it’s all set up properly and can run automatically!
    And please don’t tell me, fellow bloggers, that you actually only spend half an hour a day with this and it’s like no work at all 😉 ….

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    1. Its a loot of hard work and a lot of time for me. I don’t take to techy things easily. But once you do take the time to understand it …then hopefully … sorry I am sure … we can start to do what we enjoy which is to write.
      So I am not focusing on posting but trying to unravel technicalities with the use of this super Commons forum.
      After that .. time enough to unravel more and implement ..
      Best to you

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  3. Interesting idea but not sure I have enough followers yet to make it interesting for anyone else! One to note for the future perhaps. Is anyone else having trouble getting into ‘The Commons’? Tried twice now and am told it’s a private address and requires permission?!!

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  4. I’ve been thinking of looking for a buddy since starting this course and have at least one in mind already. Open to exploring a partnership up with others who are interested on a philosophical/observational bent in their blog work. Just be patient with me for at least the next month. Gonna take up the NaBloPoMo challenge so I’ll be even busier than I am already. All the best! http://4dframework.ca/

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  5. This is a great idea! I have a health and wellness blog (www.meridethcohrs.com) and would love to connect with other like minded folks. I also do a lot of writing about healthy food and exercise (I’m training for my first 70.3 Ironman next summer). Let me know if you want to connect! 🙂

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  6. I will honest I am a complete novice at blogging, thus the reason why I joined Blogging 201. I have slowed on posting because not sure the writing or poetry was going over well. As far a buddy I think it could a benefit. Matching to another blog might be tough tho, however I will be on the lookout!

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  7. buddy up would be pretty cool. I have spotted about 4 blogs that I could work with. Right now, I am working on getting my blog together first. Guest blogging is a cool idea though.

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  8. I’m all for getting a guest blogger and in fact, asked my son a few days ago but haven’t heard anything yet. However, there is someone else who always has nice comments to make about my blog and I am considering him also. Having said that, I read the info regarding using the Feedback Form to edit the contributing guest post and I was lost! It seems so complicated! I think this commenter doesn’t use English as his first language so he might be even more confused than me. I’m thinking of sticking to email only!

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  9. oooh! A Blogging Buddy, like a work out buddy! This sounds fantastic! I, like others, am still learning and not sure I have enough content yet. But I like the idea of candid feedback and moral support! It might be what I need to make sure I keep going on this. Thanks!!

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  10. I would love more theatre buddies. There’s only one person I’ve been successful with, but they’ve been lying dormant for a while (I htink they may have been living this thing called ‘life’?). The search continues 🙂

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  11. If anyone wants to blog-date me, I write about fashion and art in a semi-intellectual kind of way (not really, but I wish).

    http://www.goodnightsleepwrite.com

    My contact info is in my “hello” page – or just comment or stalk me or whatever! I’m super reachable.

    This feels really vulnerable and weird but I like the idea a lot and am open to it. Also I *really* hope this comment falls into a vacuum and I don’t hear anything back at all.

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  12. Haven’t been exactly keeping up with all the assignments, but am plugging away and in the meantime enjoying visiting many blogs — construction work is in order on mine.

    There are several bloggers I would like to invite as guest writer/buddies, but am not finding “contact me” options. Mine is out front. Where are you guys putting yours?

    Cheers

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  13. Hey there, I can’t help notice when clicking the link to the Commons its private.
    Anyways I’ve been blogging since April and I barely get 2-3 views a day, can you guys check on my blog and tell me what i need to work on?
    AnotherDayWithAl.WordPress.Com

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    1. First: your duplicate home page. You don’t need two!

      Second: A more diverse menu to assist with navigation. I won’t pretend to be perfect, but you’re welcome to drop by my blog to see what an extremely diverse menu looks like. (It differs per subject, but organization, I believe, is a constant.)

      Third: Write more about your blog and what it’s there for in your About page than just yourself. Feel free to drop by mine. I think it describes my content pretty well.

      Hope this helps. My blog is perseshow.wordpress.com.

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  14. I still call myself a fairly amateur blogger since I’ve only started to really blog since the end of September. My blog is sort of like a chameleon right now, changing colors, trying to blend in with the right crowd – or in actual words, I’ve been trying to find the right direction to take my blog in, what interests people the best. I have a few blogs on here that I love but I don’t really have a blogging buddy or someone I guest blog for. I’ve given myself time to familiarize with the WP environment and get comfortable and I think I’m ready to find someone to go along on my blogging journey. Who that is, I’ll find out soon enough.

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  15. Hi everyone, looking for a blogging buddy. I write an “everyday life, college survival guide” kind of random blog. If you are interested let me know 🙂

    Kimmieinwonderland.blogspot.com

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