The question of the day is this: Where do you go for help?
I believe my answer will apply to anyone, whether you are a pro-blogger, a small fish lost in the big ocean of blogs blogger or somebody just starting out. Or maybe blogging is the last thing you want to do, but you'd really like to start knitting or selling It Works (please don't DM me in that case.)
Regardless what it is you set out to achieve, the most important thing you will do is finding your tribe.
We all need like-minded people who understand our playing field. It will be necessary for creative encouragement, for celebrating successes and for keeping sane. You can do this a variety of ways- by joining Facebook groups for bloggers (I'm currently in this one) but I think the easiest way is to read other blogs and comment...build a relationship and you will easily see the connections between bloggers. Once you've found your tribe, latch on and learn from one another.
I have toyed with the idea of taking a course but I'm going to be honest here, the bloggers that I follow who offer these courses send WAY too many emails and are far too transparent. What I mean by that is they get you to sign up for a course that is free but then prompt you at the end to continue your learning in their paid course. And ya, I get it, that's their thing but it just seems so unauthentic to me. So my strategy for blogging has been, when I need to know something, I google it. There are a million answers out there that don't require a 300$ course.
My mentors when I started blogging were my real life friends who had blogs. Since then I have associated myself with my blogging friends and we've formed our own collective blog, The Blended Blog. These ladies have been such a blessing in my life and yes, they aren't all in the same niche as me, blog-wise, but that I think is something that makes us stronger. We all come from such different backgrounds and have such a variety of styles and goals that it's impossible NOT to learn from them everyday.
So my leçon du jour for getting help in blog-land is to find other bloggers that you feel a connection with and reach out, ask to collaborate and don't be afraid to ask questions. You never know what magic can await you when you form friendships with other bloggers!
Now hop on over to Jill's blog and see what she has to share.