How to support the Bloggers, Writers,& Creatives you Love

I’ll be honest, it can be easy to get bogged down by all the social media algorithms and changes. Instagram is all over the place, Facebook just announced a new change making it harder for brands to be seen in FB feeds, and with all the online businesses it can feel like we are fighting for the spotlight on a huge, crowded worldwide web. Last year I wrote a post called “How to Keep Blogging in 2017” it was so well received and so many of you could relate to the fears & changes but the passion to still continue. If you missed that post, read it now!

Anyways, it can easily feel like a fight to be seen but I wonder if in that rush to share, get likes, have our posts go viral, etc… we are missing the point. We have to stop looking at each other as competitors and see each other as friends. Her successes does not equate to my failure, in fact it can be the opposite. A rising tide lifts all boats. When we work together, support each other, and encourage each other we can beat the algorithm blues together.

I wanted to write some ways that we as creatives can support each other but also just ways we as people and readers can support the brands, blogs, and shops we love! A little bit of love goes a long, long way and by that I mean we don’t have to move mountains to make someone’s day – we can simply leave a comment, like a photo, share a post, or buy a product.

LEAVE A COMMENT

If you are reading a blog post (or a FB post, or IG post, etc) and you are encourage or inspired or something pops up in your head as a response (that is nice πŸ˜‰ ) leave a comment! It takes less than a minute and makes a huge impact on the brand, shop, or blog you are engaging with. This helps with engagement rates on social media so that more people who are following can see the post on social, on websites it reflects engagement and community to brands, and the real person sitting behind all that content will feel loved an appreciated by that small gesture.

BUY WHAT THEY SELL

I have been trying to be better and more intentional about doing this recently. Do you have a friend who just launched a new devotional? Order it! What about that writer you love who wrote a book? Or that shop you follow that just launched a new product. What about a friend who does photography or consulting? Empower them and support them by purchasing their products. Now, don’t feel like you have to buy things you don’t want just to “support” someone but if you want it, just take the leap. Skip Target this month and hit up your IG community.

Also, don’t expect free things from someone because they are your friend. This is their job – while the may love to gift you things, purchasing from them shows you value the work they do. Just as you wouldn’t expect to work for free, don’t expect or pressure your friends to. Sometimes with friends & creatives we lean toward product trade or free product for social shutouts.Β  This is okay and can be really beneficial to both sides (I do it and have done it before) but I would be really careful about how you approach it. I would almost always wait for a friend to offer their new product for free before I pitch a collaboration. This really can be worth it, but remember they have a lot of others trying to get their product for marketing and they themselves have already invested in marketing, so maybe just buy the $12 book on Amazon and do your own shout out on IG to bless them! I’m definitely not anti collaboration, just sometimes it can be more worth it to use your Starbucks money to order something from a shop you follow on Facebook.

PS: We sell things! haha. Not like you have to buy from us to prove you are a real fan & follower but if you were wondering, we do have our Etsy Shop &Β Photography Business!

SHARE WITH SOMEONE

Share a blog with a friend, tag a friend in an IG post, or share a post that inspired you on Facebook. If you love a shop, brand, business, blog – share it! That can go a long way.

LEAVE A REVIEW

If you bought something from an Etsy shop or a book on Amazon, leave a review! A good review is not only a burst of encouragement for the creator but also helpful for others who are thinking about purchasing the same thing. Again, it is important to be honest here (so don’t say you liked something when you didn’t) but if you did, leave a review and let people know. This also goes for Facebook – lots of blogs and photographers and brands give you the option to review on FB!

BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR LIKES

This is SO easy. On blogs and on social media. Double tapping or clicking a button takes no time but adds up. Feel free to like as you scroll on social, show some love one heart at a time!

FOLLOW & SUBSCRIBE

When you find a new brand or blog or shop follow them on social and subscribe to their Bloglovin or Newsletter! Get involved and let you know you like their content based on your action!

SEND AN EMAIL OR WRITE A NOTE

Finally, if you have loved someone for a long time, appreciate content, are inspire by their creativity, anything – let them know! An email or note can go A LONG WAY to encourage those entrepreneur to press on. Being your own boss is far from easy and we all need those emails and notes to fall back on. Every time I get a reader email it literally makes my week. It reminds me that I’m on the right track and doing the right job (because believe me, I doubt it sometimes!)

The best part about all these things is that they are not crazy time consuming. You don’t need to stock all your favs daily and shower them with love, but doing a little each day can add up for all those brands you love! Share the love & support each other.

If you have been bummed about social media engagement, turn the table and go on a commenting spree for accounts you follow. Not only will it change your attitude, but it may come back as some extra comments for you too. Better Together.

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Really enjoyed this post and your positive teamwork/community attitude! Great reminder to actively support (vs just passively read).

    • Julie! Thank you so much! And yes, it is easy to passively read but it isn’t that much more work to show a little support!

  • I loved this post and how willing you are to promote community over competition. You’re truly incredible!

  • I could not love this post more, Elizabeth! This is a vast community filled with bloggers and creative types of all kinds. The best thing we can do is support each other.

  • Keri

    I absolutely love this post! It is so important that we support one another. I have a couple other blogger friends who have a ton of instagram followers and blog comments and it can be hard to not compare sometimes. But I love supporting the community and being able to share and showcase talents with other people and explore their talents as well.

  • Cecil Hayes

    Excellent post! I have been really working on spending more time reading, commenting and following more blogs and sometimes even purchasing courses that I have found online. I know the effort that most of us put into blogging and promoting products, so I do feel compelled to support.

  • Kayvona B.

    I loved all of these tips! It’s so easy to just glace at post and think to myself “I love that” and it really would take nothing to just let the creators know that! I keep seeing people posting the “Make Instagram Chronilogical Again” meme and I can’t help but giggle! I wish so much that IG will listen to its users because I hate not being able to see a lot of my favorite bloggers and influencers.

  • Jenna

    I loved this! It’s so important to support each other. So often, I find things get so competitive in this space, it’s refrashing to see this point of view!

  • Ola Broom

    I really liked this post. I try to support other bloggers when ever I can. Especially now since I understand how much it impacts them, and how much encouragement they receive from it.

  • So many good reminders of ways we can help + support each other! LOVE this post!

  • Such a good supportive post, you are so right, it takes no time at all to be supportive, I try to take about half an hour everyday to like, comment and support other bloggers, even if I don0t get anything back, it’s so rewarding anyway!

  • Rose Mont

    The best most honest and helpful tips! I don’t understand how a simple question to bloggers I think have it together get thrown away or ignored because I’m such a bother. If someone reaches out to you I think you should be flattered and help. I by no means am a competitor with you even if you do answer my question. Some bloggers give a bad name.

  • Jenni L.

    These are great! I especially love the reminder that “A rising tide lifts all boats.” I’ll make sure to pass this on to my network as well!

  • Emily Michelle Fata

    This is such a great post! A lot of people don’t realize that they don’t necessarily have to spend money to support artists that they love, they can do it just by spreading the word. πŸ™‚

  • Megan Breukelman

    Thank you for sharing this – I work in multiple creative spheres and I think this is so important. Supporting creators is how beautiful creations continue to happen. x

  • Yes yes yes! Love this post, friend!

  • The Adored Life

    Okay so first off I found your blog because of a really sweet person who told me about it! I could not agree more! I get so mad when people don’t support others when it’s literally as simple as just showing some love and liking something. It could NOT be easier!

    The Adored Life

  • Dana Lauren

    I always write a comment and like galore! Glad to see you’re of the same mindset! Ya gotta give away the love to get it in return! Thanks for putting this out there!

  • So love these loving words to educate the public about how to best support the ultimate small business: bloggers! It takes no time st all tongove a little love, and small purchases add up to support the creative’s way of life. Way to open the heart and spread awareness. Thanks – you are awesome! Sharing on my social media now 😘

  • Drake Conan

    In this world full of blogger it is very humbling that each of everyone supportingbeach other. This is a great post for those starting to blog.

  • Indypassionlady

    What a wonderful list. I don’t think people realize just how profound a comment is.

  • This is a great list of ideas on how to help the creative people in your life. I really enjoyed it. It is my favourite when people support each other and build others up instead of tearing them down πŸ™‚

  • Such a fab idea! I always try to support creatives and small business owners as much as I can! Something as small as a comment or like can make such a huge difference!

  • Luci Cook

    As a blogger, I know to help my fellow bloggers. I like and share their posts and I hope that they do that as well. Bloggers should support each other and not be against each other.

  • Meghna

    I agree with you. If you want a change, be the change. I loved your blog and I am keen to follow your advice.

  • THIS. IS. SO IMPORTANT. I’m totally for community over competition, especially in the online space. A lot of us are doing absolutely amazing things and I love seeing my boss friends success.

  • Rachael Burow

    I so love it! It is very important the be engaged with fellow bloggers! The best thing about blogging is that I find no one is the same! Maybe similar but we all have our differences!

  • Jem Castor

    This is such a nice ways to support other bloggers and to strengthen the community.

  • Amy

    SO MUCH YES!
    I couldn’t agree more with every single point you listed.
    I LOVE IT.