So, your friend started a blog, now what? Well, unless your friend has a blog that goes completely against your beliefs or morals… maybe you should give it a chance and read it! I have compiled 10 reasons why you should read your friends blog, in hopes that this may better explain it to those who may not get why it is so important for them.
1. You are helping them build their confidence
Do you really know how hard it is to put yourself out there to the public? It’s not as easy as you think. One of the things I notice that many other bloggers (and myself) worry about regularly is criticism. Especially from friends and family. In fact many bloggers do not even tell everyone they know that they started a blog, in order to avoid it! I remember when I first opened SimplyChaCha.com and opened up a Facebook fan page, clicking “add friend” was the hardest thing for me to do because I worried that people would think it was just stupid. It is encouraging to bloggers when they know they have support, especially from loved ones.
Be that little sparkle of confidence that they need.
2. You will make their day!
I can tell you from personal experience – when I see people sharing my content I get giddy. It raises my spirits and gives me that “push” to keep it up. Your friend may be feeling down in the dumps because they feel they are hitting walls as they go along and your support can completely turn around their day! This, in fact, has even helped me when I have complete writers block. When I feel the love, I feel super motivated!
3. It doesn’t take much time or energy
It takes maybe a total of 5 minutes (or less!) to read, comment on, and share your friends newest posts and social media status updates. If you needed 5 minutes of their time, wouldn’t you hope they could give that to you?
4. When you share posts they write it helps new people discover your friend’s blog
The only way other people can find your blogger friends content is if people are sharing it. So as long as your friends blog doesn’t go against your ethics, morals or beliefs, why not show them some love and share it.
5. You are already doing the same thing for people you don’t even know!
Let’s be real here. Go to Facebook, Twitter etc, and what you see is a majority of your friends list sharing (maybe very similar) recipes from popular websites, stories from places like TMZ or links to events like the upcoming Beyoncé concert that your friend wants to attend; they want ALL of their friends to know it is coming up and share the excitement, so they share it! Meanwhile, your blogger friend is asking you to take a look at and possibly share their latest blog post they have worked hours on and they are super excited about – and it is radio silence.
Your friends may respond and say things like “I’ll do it when I get home” or “I can’t, I am at work right now” etc. Now, I don’t expect you to be on social media while you are at work and get in trouble, but you were just sharing the TMZ post about the Brangelina divorce and why you were so bummed about it or why you can’t understand why it was even news-worthy! Yet, you are sharing it – and people are clicking and re-sharing.
Ask yourself why? “Why am I sharing content for famous people or entertainers and people I do not even know?” “Why do I promote their “business or brand” and help make them MILLIONS of dollars?” “Why am I not doing the same for my friend?”
Your blogger friend probably won’t tell you, but they see this and they begin to question their value, their abilities and their friendships. Meanwhile, you are promoting content for complete strangers (people who are usually very well off ) and who will never actually “thank you” personally, the way your friend will, for supporting them.
6. You can help support them financially, without it costing you anything
Your friend is probably wanting to make blogging a full-time job and that is VERY possible! This is one reason their blog has ads, sponsored posts, or affiliate links.
Even small amounts of revenue coming in can help your friend have more time with family and provide the means to support their family.
Bloggers usually start out making pennies! So trust me when they get even a measly $20 or $100 out of it when they are starting out, it means a-lot to them.
7. They may have a really big “why” for starting their blogging business
Do you know why your friend even started their blog? Ask them! The reason may be a lot more personal to them and mean a lot more to them than you think!
Here is my example: I am currently a stay at home mom and to be honest it wasn’t fully by choice. I always thought it was what I wanted. After years working non-stop in the outside world since the age of 16 – it was actually not an easy transition, mentally. But, I realistically had not much of a choice either way – life happened, injuries happened, accidents and illness’ and it got in the way and put many physical limitations on me. This has actually caused many depressive moments for me, because this was NOT what I was used to. I mean, I was a hard working woman always bringing home a paycheck! And, as much as I really do love being home with my kids, and trust me I wouldn’t want to give it up, It’s been hard to adapt emotionally to the change simply due to physical and medical conditions & limitations way beyond my control.
So, I needed to keep busy and feel like I was contributing to the world (or at least my home)! I started blogging as a fun way to get some of my daily life, recipes, home activities etc., out there for people to enjoy. I was already posting them anyways on my social media and people would ask me for more info, so why not create a space that answered all their questions?
But, I also knew blogging would allow me freedom to stay at home with my kids and bring in some income while working around my limitations. With blogging, I can do this and not feel like a complete failure for lacking the means to provide for my family!
With my blog, I have created my own business.
So you see, your support allows people like myself or your blogger friend to continue doing something they love and you may be encouraging them a lot more than you know!
8. They are actually working a lot harder than you think
I think the common misconception is that blogging is easy. I mean, “what’s so hard about writing things and posting them?” Well, just so you know, a blog post – 1 single “easy” blog post – can take hours or days to write, finish and post. There is A LOT that goes on behind the scenes in regards to creating the content, writing, photos, editing, promoting etc. For example, I have actually spent the last 8 days working super hard- day and night- 6am (sometimes 5) until 2 or 3 am; taking courses to learn how to do things correctly, writing, editing, making my website safe and much more. And, I actually do not mind the work at all – the time actually passes by very quickly when I am in the midst of creating… however, it can be disheartening spending all this time and going unnoticed by your closest peers. I promise, we are not just writing for 5 minutes and sleeping the rest of the day.
9. You are opening doors for them!
Who would have thought?!? By clicking on their page, reading their posts and sharing content you are actually opening doors for them! Yes, each page view is recorded. Each social media like and share and interaction is counted. By who? By companies that your friend is seeking to work with! Companies ask them for this information before even considering partnering up with them! The more views and traffic on their site, the more opportunities that open up for them. And guess what…. It doesn’t cost you a single penny to do any of this! It’s completely FREE for you!
10. They will remember what you did for them when they make it big
This is their dream! You may think it s stupid, but they don’t! In fact you should be proud of your friend for having “#Goals”! They are working hard and pushing to make something huge come out of it – and chances are, they will help push you to be just as great in whatever you do!
Just like that singer you support puts their “thank you’s” on the inside of their CD cover, your friend also has that mental “thank you” list going. We notice and appreciate the people who have taken the time to be a supportive friend and have helped us grow. And you know what, if you need the same in return, we are more likely to go above and beyond to help you with a blog or any other business venture.
Just in case all of the above wasn’t enough:
Simply put – you are being a good friend. We can ALL use a little more of that in our daily lives.
Think: Good Karma =)