So you want me to share my secret weapon with you? Well, here’s the truth:
Just kidding!! I just wanted to use that meme.
Honestly, the biggest secret weapon in my blogging arsenal, isn’t really a secret. At least, it shouldn’t be. What I use the most is……………..OTHER BLOGGERS! Yes, you read that right. I rely on other bloggers to help me with my blogging. Isn’t that insane?? It’s not actually. Other bloggers are the best tool you can use when doing this. Think about it: they are doing exactly what you are doing; they’ve been doing it longer than you; they know what works and what doesn’t. The best part about is that they are not afraid to talk to you about it or to share their knowledge. Bloggers are not in competition with other bloggers (or shouldn’t be) so there is no reason to not utilize them as a resource. I know for a fact that I would not know what I know or be doing what I do without the help of other bloggers. I continue to use them to this day. It’s a sharing community and there is no shortage of people willing to help.
If you want to be a blogger but don’t know how to get started, the easiest and best thing you can do is to ask another blogger. They will give you insight into the process that you will not get from anywhere else. Bloggers like helping people or we wouldn’t do what we do. Most bloggers that I have met are easily approachable and are completely willing to answer any and all questions you have about blogging. One of the main reasons is that someone somewhere helped them. It’s a pay-it-forward community. Someone helped me and I in turn help someone else and then they do and so on and so forth. All of the secrets of the blogging universe (blogiverse if you will), are out there waiting to be told. It’s not a secret society where only a few of the people know everything and the rest of us are left to grovel and beg for a tiny bit of information. We are passionate about what we do and will gladly help others to begin their journey or to help them along the way. It’s not rocket science, but it does take some knowledge of what to do and what not to do, just like anything else.
So, bottom line is this: find a blogger, become friends with that blogger, ask the blogger questions. Simple as that. Easy as pie. There is a giant network of bloggers where we know each other or know of each other and we pass information freely. There is no reason for us to keep our secrets to ourselves. It doesn’t help anyone for us to do that. And trust me, we like to help people and we like to talk about it as well. Or, at least I do….
I want to use this opportunity to give a shout out to a few (there are too many to list) of the people that have helped me over the years and continue to help me to this day: