I've touched on this subject a little bit here in the past but lately I've been getting asked this question over and over again: "How do I make blog friends?"
Let's face it: the blog world is rough. It seems like everybody and their mamas have a blog these days. And all those bloggers seem to have their own little cliques and groups that you want so badly to be a part of. So, how do you get in?
No matter what, always be true to yourself. I learned this the hard way. If you've followed my blog from the beginning (and a HUGE thank you if you're still with me), you'd probably notice how much this little blog has changed since then. When I first started this blog, it was basically an outlet for me to vent and document my life - like a public diary or journal. Then, after following a few different blogs, I started posting outfits, crafts, beauty, and other random shit. It was basically a hot mess around here because I wanted to be doing everything that everyone else was doing but I was just desperately grabbing at anything that I could.
After a while I got sick of it. I was sick of trying to fit in with the "cool bloggers" and their Tory Burch flats, mason jars, and Michael Kors watches. In reality, I don't like to wear flats, didn't understand the hype about mason jars, and couldn't afford to spend $300+ on a frikken watch. I finally got real with myself and said "Fuck It" - if I can't be who I am, what's the point? Surprisingly, after changing the tone and direction here on the blog, I've actually gained more genuine followers and friends who really do care about what I have to blab about.
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
Okay, so what if you're being genuine, but still can't seem to fit in? Well the answer is simple: Don't follow douchebags. Haha. I kid. But not really. If you blog passionately about dogs but you're trying to gain the respect and friendship of a New York fashion blogger who lives in a studio with her gal pals, chances are, you won't have a great connection with that person. Sure, they may comment from time to time saying how cute your pup is, but most likely that's all you'll get out of them.
Bloggers who you have more in common with are more likely to befriend you. I'm not saying you'll never be friends with a certain person, but blog life is just like real life - find people who share the same interests and sense of humor as you do.
MAKE AN EFFORT
You have to put yourself out there, plain and simple. You want something, you gotta go and get it. Commenting on other blogs, trolling the comments of your favorite blogs to find other blogs, and writing posts that will want others to comment on are all ways of getting people's attention. You can't sit in a corner and expect people to just come to you. I mean, unless you're offering free candy or something, you probably won't be very successful.
And yes, giveaways do help in getting followers, but that's not what you asked for. Having blog followers is a lot different than having blog friends. All friendships require patience, loyalty, common interests, and above all else - fun! Because seriously, how can you be friends with someone who doesn't know how to laugh at your jokes, ecards and gifs?
So, that's my two-cents on the subject, what do you think of my tips? What about you? How did you find your blogging BFFS?