I’ll be the first to say it, blogging is stressful. On top of being a full-time student, playing club volleyball and working 10 hours during the week, I also have to handle all the responsibilities of being a blogger. I love it, therefore I do it. But having someone there who understands the blog life is REALLY helpful. I love my normal friends, they support me so much! However sometimes it’s nice to talk to people who have the same problems or questions as you do. If I even asked my regular friends about web hosting, analytics or loop-giveaways they’d laugh in my face! This is where blog BFFS come in handy, they know what you’re going through and can talk blog stuff with you and actually be helpful!
Now I have a ton of bloggy friends that I can go to for advice, but by far the one I stay in constant contact with is Laura Leigh from Louella Reese! How we became friends is so typical in the blog world, so I wanted to share with y’all on how to make some blog bffs!
Join Blogger Communities
I am a part of a ton of blogger communities! My favorite being; Lucky Community, Her Campus and Southern Blog Society. To make blog BFFS you have to know some bloggers first! These communities are great because they put you around like-minded people, give you a place to ask and answer questions and just plain make friends! I love Her Campus because there is always a discussion, and I can see everyone’s posts in one place! Joining these communities are a great way to grow your network of bloggy friends.
Find bloggers in your area and email them about a meet-up! I found Laura by searching #NCBlogger (one that I commonly tag my photos with!) We only emailed back and forth a couple times, but once we met IRL it was like instant friends. I also met another one of my bloggy friends, Grace, through Facebook. There are tons of ways to met bloggers on social media, but it’s definitely way more fun if you can actually hang out in real life. So don’t hesitate to reach out to them and plan a meet-up!
If there is a blogger that you really like, then suggest a collaboration! When Laura and I met up we decided to style lace shorts. It was an easy way to break the ice when we finally met, and we had so much fun taking pictures around Charlotte. However you don’t have to be in the same area to collaborate! You can both take pictures separately and send them in, maybe make a fun graphic with both your images, and write a post! The point is you are both working on something together! The worse thing they can do is tell you their schedule is full, and that’s okay! This can also be a conversation starter, so don’t worry if collaborations don’t work out.
Maybe there is a blogger conference in your area, or maybe a store is holding an event, either way get out there and network! When I first met Grace, we went to an event at Belk that Nikki from Bedazzles After Dark was MC’ing! I was fairly new to the blogger community, so I had never even heard of her blog. I was so happy to meet her, she was so nice to me even though I was such a newbie! Another great example of making friends at events is when I clinged onto Alisha from The Alisha Nicole at NC Blogger Buzz Conference! I was SO SO SO early, like 30 minutes before the event even STARTED #newbie. So when Alisha walked in we striked up a (socially awkward) conversation. I learned so much about her, and we stayed in touch after the conference! It turns out we’re both really awkward sometimes in situations like that, so it was SO funny that I gravitated towards her. She now owns Shop Early August and we have had so much collaborating on posts for her amazing jewelry!
There is no right or wrong way to make blog BFFS. All it takes is some courage to strike up a conversation and you’ll be on your way to making bloggy friends. Get involved in your new blogging community, find bloggers in your area and never be afraid to talk about your blog or suggest collaborations! And you’ll always have a blog BFF in me, feel free to email me just to talk! XO