Bloggers Helping Bloggers

It’s one of the big surprises of my writing life.

Discovering that becoming a blogger meant I was joining a worldwide community.  A community that cares, and helps.

I became a blogger because my daughters thought I needed to “get myself out there”. I was struggling with the effects of a head injury and damage to my body; I’d become ashamed of myself and extremely reclusive.

Blog Photo - Pink Phlox and Butterfly

Blogging helped pull me out of hiding by giving me pen-pals all over the world.  As I read their stories — or their comments on mine — we started getting to know and care about each other’s projects and well-being.  They inspired and uplifted me.

Bloggers also help each other in practical ways:

Tweeting: Some bloggers often/routinely retweet my (and others’) posts. Take a bow, Wendy MacDonald, Sally Cronin, Sarah Vernon, Tina Frisco, Annika Perry, D.G. Kaye and all of you who do this!

Reblogging: It’s a great compliment when followers reblog a post. Props to Sally Cronin; Chris (The StoryReadingApe); Marcia Meara;  Bernadette; and many others who do this routinely.

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Sally Cronin

Helpful insights: Bloggers such as Gallivanta, Clare Pooley and Lavinia are likely to share a helpful insight, fact or contact in their comments. I always take note!

Writing Tips: Bloggers share tips to improve our writing — blogs or books. Props to Michael Dellert, Sue Uttendorfsky, and many others.

Connections: The best story I know is my own. Chris Graham connected me with Jo Robinson to illustrate Myrtle the Purple Turtle. A great partnership was born. I’ve been recommending Jo as an illustrator and editor ever since.

Author Services:  Jo, Kev Cooper,  Jeanne Balsam and others offer one or a range of services at affordable rates:  editing, design, illustration, publishing, promotions and promotional materials such as bookmarks and posters.

Recognition:  Blogger-reviewer-author Kev Cooper reads many books and started the Diamond Book Awards. Other bloggers give book/blog awards too.

Blog Photo - Diamond Book Award 2017

Promotions: Sally and Chris are the best I know, generously promoting what seems like hundreds of authors each year. How they find the time, I don’t know, but  — take a bow, you two!

Featuring other Bloggers: I do this on my blog, as do many others.

Blog Photo - Gift of memoir front cover

Deliberately Buying each other’s Books:   All my purchases/requested Christmas gifts from family are books from small presses and especially by indie authors who blog.  I borrow books by the big-name authors from the library.

Blog Photo - Sally Cronin book

Blog Photo - Maya and the book of everything

Blog Photo - Donna K Mind Book

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Giving feedback on Manuscripts: When the draft is done but you’re still not sure and a blogger gives feedback, that’s a major gift.

Reading and Reviewing each other’s books: When a blogger reads my book then reviews it on Goodreads, Amazon or even better – their own blog — that’s a gift! Take a bow, everyone who does this! Thanks to bloggers who’ve done this for me.

Blog Photo - Lavinia Album cover

Spreading the Word:  We spread the word about each other’s books in circles beyond blogging. Lavinia Ross and Gallivanta: Thank you for spreading the word about Myrtle in your own circles and beyond.

Praying/holding faith for each other: We celebrate other bloggers’ “wins”. Invariably, we also learn about their life struggles. When my husband was critically ill, bloggers around the world expressed concern. Many were praying. And when my blogger friends or loved ones face troubles, I do the same.

Been helped by bloggers or helped? Please share!

 

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72 responses to “Bloggers Helping Bloggers

  1. Hear, hear! Thank you for the shout-out, Cynthia. I’m having a problem with email notifications at the moment which is very frustrating. Don’t know if it’s me or WP!

  2. Laurie Graves

    Hear, hear! And thanks so very, very much for posting a picture of the cover of my YA fantasy novel, “Maya and the Book of Everything.” I so appreciate it. And when you get a chance, check out the recent post on my blog. 😉

  3. It’s a wonderful and generous and noble community isn’t it – its for sure changed my life too ❤

  4. Murtagh's Meadow

    I agree Cynthia. Blogging is a great community. As another blogger once commented to me, it’s like having good neighbours over the cyber fence!

  5. I thought of myself as a blogger, not a writer, until Luanne Castle (Writersite.org) suggested my writing was good enough to publish o/side the blogosphere. It took a few years to get up my courage, but encouraged by friends here I finally did it. It never would have happened w/out blogging first and the kind people to be found on this medium.

  6. Many thanks for including me (TWICE) in your post, Cynthia ❤️❤️❤️

  7. I like your observation that blogging is having pen pals all over the world. When I started my blog in 2012 I never knew that I would be in touch with such a wide variety of people. In my job, I do have constant contact with people from other countries but blogging certainly adds a new dimension 😀.

  8. I’ve met a few bloggers in person and I’m happy to say that they are every bit as nice in person as they are on their blog.

  9. Hey guys, I’m new to blogging. I’d love for anyone to check it out and give me any advice. I have so much to learn. http://www.redefinemynormal.com I’m telling my story of healing and redefinition after I lost my normal in a car accident.
    Thanks
    Rená Keith

  10. I love the blogging community. ❤

  11. Thank you for this wonderful post on your blogging community, Cynthia! You have helped all of us in many ways, and many times, yourself. You have prayed for family and friends in need, and lifted us all up at one time or another with your kind words of encouragement.

    You should never feel ashamed when you are hurt, Cynthia. All of us are here for one another. We are a community.

  12. Cynthia, this was such a joy to read. I, too, have found an amazingly supportive community from blogging. I’m delighted to find my way to your lovely blog via Sally. She is an absolute gem for sure. I’m following your blog now as well, and look forward to learning and sharing more in the future. I noticed your CBC interview and will view it shortly. One Canadian to another, cheers! 🙂

  13. Getting connected with illustrator Jo Robinson on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog for Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a great example of what being part of a blogging community can lead to. I must get back to blogging while people still remember me!

  14. Our blogging community is the main reason I keep posting. I appreciate and enjoy the connections. I’m glad you’re being supported, inspired, and shared. You and your writing deserve it Cynthia.

  15. Thank-you very much, Cynthia! You are so kind. I’m not able to be on-line as often as I used and am always late responding these days. However, I do concur with everything you have written here in praise of blogging and bloggers. Blogging has given me much pleasure and has introduced me to very many wonderful people. I have learnt so much about all sorts of things and am humbled and in awe of people, you in particular my friend, who struggle with disabilities but still manage to campaign for the disadvantaged, write books, promote other peoples’ books and art – I could go on and on! Such a wonderful community; such friendship!

  16. Super post, Cynthia. Yes, it is a great community

  17. What a terrific post, Cynthia. I know it took a lot of time to put this together. I’m so glad you ‘put yourself there.’ You are a valued member of our community and would missed. Thank you so much for including me. Feel a big hug, my friend ❤

  18. A wonderful tribute to our blogging community, Cynthia. Bloggers bring me gifts every day with their kindness, their posts, their comments, and their support. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the support we can give each other https://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/4891/
    I am planning to try and order Myrtle through our local bookstore a) because I want our bookstore to stay in business, and b) because ordering a book brings the staff’s and buyer’s attention to a book (hopefully). I would also suggest if a person really likes a book he/she can ask the local library to add it to its collection. If he/she can afford to buy the book in question, they could also donate it to a library.

  19. I knew you by Lavinia Ross. I loved read your post bout the Purple turtle .
    I am a Xanga blogger since 2001 then on worpress since 2015 . In blogging we create a goup of faithful friends even if wre never meet in person each others. I am French and the distance is there but friendship has wings .
    Love ❤
    Michel

  20. I am also so pleased to belong to this amazing world of writing and blogging! Really makes it worth getting up in the morning!

  21. An excellent acknowledgement. Timi at
    livelytwist (not currently posting) invited me to write a guest post

  22. Ripples in the pond of thought… (sounds like a good start to a poem, run with it). Hey, I may be calling on you in the near future (if you keep nagging) to give a look-over to a manuscript. We will discuss details elsewhere. -Oscar

  23. Cynthia, thank you for giving a shout out on behalf of me and my services, as well as to so many others. It is so very kind of you. Although my time to blog is limited, I like you, love not only to write, but to visit the inspiring offerings of others on their blog pages, as well as the lovely comments on my own. Yes, the blogging community is a very special place indeed.

  24. Really nice, Cynthia. We are definitely a community. You say it well.

  25. It’s a wonderful community, Cynthia, and I am blessed to have found you and your blog. You are always an inspiration! Every time I think I ought to stop blogging for one reason or another, I realize that I would miss too much all of the wonderful people around the world I have connected with. Blessings to you!

  26. The blogging community is wonderful, I think few of us realised what we’d find when we started out, but it’s been a great surprise.

  27. It takes a village! And what a wonderful one you have:).

  28. I”m glad I passed by here a second time. I’m sure I left you a comment when I first saw this post, but don’t see it? Maybe I’m in spam?
    Anyhoo, this is a fantastic post Cynthia, and I’m thrilled to be mentioned in it. 🙂 x

  29. Bloggers are absolutely the best…always willing to help if they can.

  30. A lovely post! I, too, have been overwhelmed by friendly support and encouragement from around the world. I feel, during these sticky times, that the blogosphere tells us that, in spite of the headlines, the world if full of kind, generous and open-minded people.

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