Blog Talk Tuesdays: Part IV

Good morning and Happy Blog Talk Tuesdays!

Today we’re kicking off the fourth installment in the series.

Previous Blog Talk Tuesdays topics include:

Today’s topic is a fun one!

Many of you have asked me about great ways to connect with other bloggers and become more involved in the massive world of blogging. I personally feel like my blog fits best in the healthy living blog niche, but I know there are blog communities for every possible niche out there, from book bloggers to parenting bloggers to space and technology bloggers.

Since my personal experience lies mostly within the healthy living blog community, that will be the niche I address in this post, but understand that there are resources just like the ones I detail below for many other blogging communities.

Connecting with Other Bloggers

  • How do you find other bloggers in your area?

By reading a lot of blogs! Honestly, reading a large amount of blogs or at least exploring newer blogs or blogs I’d never read before led me to bloggers who lived in Orlando. These bloggers then exposed me to more Orlando bloggers: Fashion, book, design and travel bloggers and more!

Additionally, the website HealthyLivingBlogs.com has a page dedicated to categorizing blogs based on the location of the author behind he blog. It’s a great way to find bloggers who live not only in the same country or state as you, but also in the exact same city.

healthy living blogs

You can also put a call out on your blog or through Twitter, asking if anyone knows bloggers who live in your area. Blog readers are a tremendous resource because they’ve likely read a bunch of blogs you haven’t.

  • How do you plan dinners or meet ups with bloggers in your area?

First, I try to build some kind of a relationship with the blogger. Whether I comment on their blog, communicate with them via Twitter or email them, letting the blogger know that I even exist is a great start! Once I have some kind of a connection with the blogger, I’ll broach the topic of getting together for lunch or dinner. For the most part, bloggers seem to jump at the chance to meet up with other bloggers.

Blogging is so “behind the scenes” and having the opportunity to talk about something so many of us pour our hearts into every day is wonderful!

Also, if you see other bloggers in your area talking about getting together via Twitter or something, feel free to be a little bold and jump in and say “I’d love to meet you guys, too!” I’m of the mindset that if they really wanted their plans to be private, they wouldn’t broadcast them over Twitter.

sadie and julie

Additionally, I’ve had bloggers who were coming to Florida on vacation reach out to me a few weeks before their trip to plan a meet up, so meet up opportunities can occur outside your hometown as well.

  • Sometimes I feel really left out of the blogging community… Like other bloggers are always getting together or tweeting to each other and I’m never involved. Did you ever feel this way?

Oh my gosh, YES. All the time. In fact, I still do sometimes. I actually wrote a guest post all about having “real life” friends who don’t blog on Hollaback Health after recognizing the insecure feelings I had about bloggers whose friends always seemed to be other bloggers. Why wasn’t I friends with other bloggers?

funny vizsla face

Well, slowly I did find myself becoming friends with other bloggers through meet ups in the Orlando area.

Once I started to put myself out there on Twitter and began reaching out to Orlando bloggers, I was blown away with how friendly and welcoming bloggers truly are and connected with bloggers on a deeper level and friendships began to form away from the computer.

I know I’ve said it before, but if you’re not already, get on Twitter. It’s seriously the easiest way to begin having “conversations” with other bloggers.

  • As a relatively new blogger, I comment on other blogs because I like to let bloggers know when I really relate to or enjoy something in their post… but with all these “promote your blog” tips out there about commenting on other blogs so people find your blog, do high-traffic bloggers like yourself enjoy comments from people you don’t know, or are you ever concerned that it’s just other bloggers trying to direct more traffic to their own blogs?

Though I’ve read the same tips that you have about commenting on other blogs as a way to promote your own blog, I must say that as a blogger, I read and enjoy every comment that comes my way and honestly never really thought that people only comment on my blog to receive traffic to their own blog (though maybe this is naive?).  Either way, I love when readers give me feedback on a post through their comments!

I will add that the comments people write that clearly take more time and energy to craft and convey emotion are the ones that stand out to me more. They seem heartfelt and thoughtful and, oddly enough, those are the ones that inspire me to click over and check out their blogs more often than not.

pretty vizsla

Still, I think most bloggers welcome any and all comments. I love comments! They are what keep me going. They inspire me, crack me up, make me cry and turn my blog into a discussion at times rather than just a one-sided sharing space.

  • How do you make a name for yourself and make yourself “known” in the blogging community?

By participating in the community beyond simply blogging. Sure writing an awesome blog is a great way to attract attention, but to receive attention you have to give attention, too.

vizsla ready to play

If a blogger links to one of my workouts or recipes, I definitely notice and greatly appreciate this gesture. I am much more likely to visit their blog again and again, which increases the likelihood that I’ll find something inspiring on their blog that I will want to link to one day, thus exposing my readers to their blog as well.

Also, utilize social media. Create a Facebook page and get on Twitter. Plan or attend blogger meet ups in your area or go to a blogging conference like Fitbloggin’, Foodbuzz Festival, BlogHer or the Healthy Living Summit. I personally didn’t feel comfortable attending a blogger conference until after I had been blogging for nearly a year and a half, but I know many other bloggers love theses conferences not only for the informational sessions, but for the opportunities to meet and connect with other bloggers.

Comments

  1. says

    I totally agree with the “heartfelt” comment note. The ones that show readers actually care enough to write something meaningful other than an “it looks great!” or shows their personality are the ones that make me want to go read their blog. :)

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  2. says

    I hope you never stop this series- it’s so helpful!

    It’s taken me so long to understand twitter, and I’m still learning a lot, but I agree that it’s a great way to connect to other bloggers AND to readers. Plus, with smart phones, it’s an easier way to stay in touch when I’m not at my computer.

    And Sadie, I will continue to tell you how pretty you are! I am amazed at all the cute pictures you get of Sadie. Don’t tell Koda, but most of her pictures end up making her look like a sad old man. I need to get better at snapping quick pictures outside, when she’s in her happy place :)

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    • says

      hahahah YES! we have a whole bunch of pictures of sadie that we call her “old man sadie” pics. they’re hysterical. :) i just ALWAYS use the action mode on my camera when photographing her. it makes a world of difference.

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  3. says

    Wow, so many incredible tips! Thank you so much for starting BlogTalk Tuesdays. It was such a great and useful idea! I really appreciate it!

    I wish there were more bloggers in Canada. There seems to be a significant imbalance of American health living bloggers vs Canadian ones.

    Any Canadian bloggers out there? Give me a shout!

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  4. Amy @ SGTC says

    Haha, “smother them until they are your friend.” Hilar. Thank you for this post! I just got a new job–and it allows me to actually give my blog some attention! And following tips has helped me get more traffic!

    I can’t wait to have comments to start reading, lol. And PS-I have gotten quite a few clicks from leaving a comment here!

    See you Friday! :)

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  5. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says

    I love this series, and it comes through that a lot of thought (and time!) is put into writing it! I have confidence as a person but not necessarily as a blogger, if that makes sense. So while meeting people is fine, meeting bloggers becomes a little intimidating. Case in point, I did not introduce myself to you at CFL Blog Con even though you were one of… two? people I recognized! I need to get out of my blogger shell 😛

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  6. says

    Another fantastic post–and all things that I have found to be really, really true as a still-pretty-new-at-this blogger. When I was first starting out, I decided to just go for it as I was trying to meet other bloggers, and I signed up for a Share Our Strength bake sale being organized in the NYC area. There I was lucky enough to meet a bunch of amazing and already well-established food bloggers who gave me many of the same tips you communicated here–they were SO welcoming and helpful, and I’m still incredibly grateful (hopefully it shows!). I think the thing I agree with the most here is: GET ON TWITTER. It seems like everyone, their mom, and their dog is tweeting about everything…and it’s kinda like passing notes in class to make friends–less scary than just walking up to people! 😉

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  7. says

    These are some really great tips! :) I’ve only met one blogger in person. I’m nervous about meeting new people. I’m actually quite shy at first so I don’t really go to too many meet-ups or anything. I should try though! :)

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  8. Brittany says

    Julie, this is such a great post and great series. Even though (and perhaps especially since) I don’t personally blog, it is nteresting to read your take on the big issues relating to blogging. I consider your blog to be the gold standard; it’s awesome of you to share your tips and perspective.

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  9. Carolyn says

    Those Sadie pictures had me laughing out loud throughout that post! Besides her being a total ham, your captions are hysterical. Thanks for all the tips, especially on having ‘real life friends’ that don’t blog. A whopping 0% of my ‘real’ friends are bloggers, and sometimes I feel like I’m living a double life! I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling like a blogger outcast sometimes. I’m really digging these Blog Talk Tuesdays! Thanks Julie :)

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  10. says

    These Blog Talk Tuesday posts have been incredibly helpful, Julie! I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and just find myself getting more and more addicted haha. I LOVE when I get comments, and only hope that they’ll continue to grow in number :)

    And now that I’ve moved to NYC permanently, I’m so excited to bust into the blogging community here too. Be my friends! ha.

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    • says

      Haha I felt the same way when I moved to Orlando! “Ooh, fellow blogger? BE MAH FRIEND!!!” It’s such an instant connection…and esp in the healthy living/food blogging world, most of us never turn down a chance to go out to eat, at the very least!

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  11. Jessica S. says

    “Ohhhh, Sadie…You ARE pretty!!!”

    Your captions of her crack me up every time! I saw a Vizsla yesterday while I was out for a run. Pretty sure the owners thought I was nutso because I had the biggest, cheesiest grin every time I saw their dog.

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  12. says

    Julie- great post! I’m actually on vacation right now and in Jenn’s (from Peas & Crayons) area and we’re planning a meet up for lunch! It’s nice to finally be able to connect with someone I read all the time since there are not many bloggers by me at home. I really appreciate a lot of these tips being sort of new to the blogging scene and like with most things, I think it just takes time and effort :)

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  13. says

    Hi Julie! I love these Tuesday posts — they are so insightful. I especially like this one. I am so interested in leading a healthy yet fun lifestyle that even if I only get a couple hundered hits per day, I am so proud of StephSnacks. There are definitely times when I wish my blog could be soooo successful but then I take a step back and realize that it already is because I am writing about what I LOVE. And that simply makes me happy! I wish so much I could be attending HLS but I have a wedding to attend :( Hopefully next year!

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    • says

      exactly! i remember my pastor saying that we should be happy with the success we have NOW. once our blog grows a little, we can find ourselves wanting it to grow more (which is natural), but it’s also important to remember why we blog and that we’re happy doing it right at this moment even if nothing comes of it or is doesn’t grow at all.

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      • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says

        I’ve noticed sometimes my posts sound like they’re catered to an audience and I have to step back and remember why I’m blogging – for me! An audience eventually will be cool, but I definitely don’t have one now so there’s no use pretending. Good advice, be happy that you have an outlet and you are writing!

        Might as well use this time to perfect my voice & network!

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  14. says

    Yet another fabulous post!! I agree with you that all comments are always appreciated. I remember when I was just beginning my blog about a year and a half ago, and I’d be absolutely over the moon if I got one comment! I’d be like, “wait, people actually want to read this!?” It’s very flattering! And you can bet that if I’m ever in the Florida area for a holiday, I’ll be tweeting at you for sure!! :) PS. Tell Sadie she’s pretty!

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  15. says

    My fave Blog Talk Tuesday post so far, hands down!

    I definitely feel left out sometimes when I see all these bloggers meeting up and skyping… I remember reading that article you wrote a while ago about how it’s okay to have real friends – I try to keep that in mind!

    I love any and all comments, love love love them!!!

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  16. says

    As a new blogger — we’re talking like a few months — I’ve been self-conscious to reach out to other bloggers, even to comment on a post I really connected with! Now I feel crazy ridiculous because you’re absolutely right: bloggers are nice! If you’re any indication of how other bloggers are, than I have nothing to worry about. Thanks for great tips AND your honesty :)

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  17. says

    Julie thanks so much for this great post!! I have been feeling the “left out” thing so it is awesome to read about it on your blog which is one I respect so much! Also your Sadie pics are priceless and make me laugh every time!
    Keep it up with Blog Talk Tuesdays, they are the best!!!

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  18. says

    Julie, I have to say that you are the first blog I read when I get settled in the morning. You always seem to brighten up my day! I just started a blog about 6 months ago and had my first “blogger meet up”! She was a gem and it could not have gone more smoothly! I am going to attend the healthy living summit this year and am so excited to meet you as Kate (the blogger I just meet) and I think of you as a “celebrity”! I am thrilled you are doing these posts every Tuesday as they always are packed with great advice …. Thanks 😉

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  19. says

    As a new blogger, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this ‘Blog Talk Tuesday’ series that you’re doing. It’s seriously so hopeful and sometimes opens up my eyes to things I never even thought about. It also gets me excited to really immerse myself into the blogging world.

    Also, the pic of Sadie with the caption “Stop leaving me out you little jerks!” is hilarious!

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  20. says

    Yes to all of this!

    I’ve felt awkward meeting bloggers every step of the way, but then when I actually meet them in person I realize how friendly, open, and genuine they are.

    Oh, And I would have NEVER thought that people comment just to get traffic. {I’m probably one of the most naive people you’ve ever met though – ha}

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  21. says

    Great post filled with great tips!

    Another tip I would give is to not be afraid. 9 times out of 10, other bloggers WANT to meet other bloggers and new friends, so reach out to new people! The blog community is almost always a positive one. :)

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  22. says

    Your such an inspiration to new bloggers…you have a “can-do” attitude that I LOVE!! I enjoy every one of your posts & all the great advice. Thank you :)

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  23. says

    First of all, I LOVE blog tuesdays. They are awesome and so informative.
    Secondly, I have made your peanut butter granola so many times this summer that my family knows exactly what is in the oven when they smell the peanut buttery goodnesss. It is SO Much cheaper than buying it at the store so I am one happy camper. Also, as I was making it yesterday, I realized I didn’t have any creamy PB so I used crunchy instead. I am currently eating chocolately oats with the granola on top and MY GOSH! The peanuts in the peanut butter add an extra crunch that is DELISH. Just thought I would share :)

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  24. says

    Julie, this was a perfect topic! I am trying to figure out how to get more involved in the blogging community, so thank you!!!
    p.s. I almost died when I saw that coconute mocha thingy at starbucks…it’s amazing what those people can make..haha!

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  25. says

    Can I tell you how good it is to know that you feel left out sometimes, too? Not that I’m happy you’re feeling that way, but because I feel it a lot, too, and now I realize it’s just silly! Thanks, as always, for being so totally relateable (how the heck do you spell that word?!?), Julie.

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  26. Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine says

    I have loved getting to know Tina from Faith, Fitness, Fun and others on Twitter. It’s such a great tool to just pop in and say hey or quickly give a shout-out to someone!

    I have also noticed that once I found one blogger in my area, I began finding tons of them! It’s also great to get to know some bloggers who are Alumni of UGA, where I go to school.

    Finding things you have in common with others is a great resource as well.

    Thanks, Julie. These have been beyond helpful for a new blogger like myself.

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  27. says

    Thanks for these great tips! I think that blogger meet ups are such a great way to connect with other bloggers. I have also made some really nice ‘blog friends’ through Twitter! Sometimes you just have to jump into convos and I realize that when I do, people are always responsive and friendly!

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  28. says

    I wish there was a blogger conference around me :( I would definitely go! I meet up with a blogger that was in town for ballet from California! It was so much fun shopping at the mall and eating ice cream together :) Bloggers make the best friends whether it’s via the computer or in person a friend is a friend <3

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  29. says

    This was so helpful!
    I’ve been looking for “unspoken tips” through other Blogger’s posts, but this is the clearest one!
    How did you get on Twitter? I’ve been thinking about doing it, but I’m afraid no one will follow me back or tweet back at me

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    • says

      just create an account through twitter.com and then follow bloggers, friends, companies, restaurants and tweet to them (you do this by using the “@” symbol before their twitter name). then people and bloggers will likely follow you back! it’s really a great resource for connecting!

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  30. says

    Thanks so much for the advice, Julie! I really value all of your tips and thoughts. I just recently connected with another blogger that lives in my area, and we’re planning on meeting up for some fro-yo in the near future…so excited!!!

    I’m still having a hard time with Twitter. I joined it for like 2 days and then deactivated my account. It overwhelms me and I don’t quite “get it”. Am I the only one? Maybe I should give it another chance…

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    • says

      You are definitely not alone! I’ve had an account for a while now but only followed people. I’ve tweeted six times in the past few weeks. And 5 of those were retweets. I find the hashtag concept so confusing and I am also scared that no one would be interested in my tweets.
      Can anyone out there provide a crash course in Twitter?

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  31. says

    I always enjoy Blog Talk Tuesday but this one even more so! As a fellow blogger, i agree that all comments go a long way…the fact that someone even took the time and bothered to write something despite their actual intention means a lot. Have a blast at the HLS this weekend, I would love to attend something like this eventually and meet some of favorite bloggers, including you :)! Call me cheesy but I feel like you guys are my best friends because I know so much about you all! Haha better not let my real-life besties read this!

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  32. says

    Julie, these posts are so helpful to me since I’m a fairly new blogger! Those pics of Sadie are hillarious and absolutely adorable! I agree that so many people are very helpful and nice in blog world. I’m just a teenager but yet, even some of the older and more experienced bloggers have reached out to me and made me feel welcome! It’s just such a great community! Thanks for being so inspiring 😀

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  33. says

    This was just one of the best ideas for a series ever. I read every one completely through and feel like I come out a more knowledgeable blogger every time :)

    I agree with a lot of what you said up there – and I definitely don’t think you’re naive to believe (or at least hope!) that people don’t just comment for traffic purposes! I hope the same for my blog!

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  34. says

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Healthy Living Blogs! I didn’t know this resource existed, and I always find it enjoyable to read the blogs of folks that live in and around the Chicago area (I know you have a connection in the ‘burbs there too). It’s just one more thing to have in common and bond over :)

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  35. says

    Thanks for another great Blog Talk Tuesday! I’ve been wanting to find other bloggers in my area and didn’t really know how to go about it. The whole process will probably be interesting for me as I don’t live in an area quite as populated as Orlando. I’ll do my best though. I do echo your sentiments about Twitter though. It’s an amazing place to meet people and exchange information.

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  36. says

    I’m really enjoying blog talk tuesdays! This was an especially great one! Sometimes as a new blogger it’s easy to feel “left out” or not quite sure where your niche is. I know that I feel this from time to time because I have only been blogging about 3 months. Thanks for explaining that you have been there, it helps 😉 As always, I just love your blog and sadie pics :-)

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  37. says

    Breaking News: Fit Chick joined twitter yesterday @Fitchikonthefly ! Woo-hoo!!

    I’m only a month into blogging and I am so hooked! I can’t wait to meet other healthy living bloggers in my area.

    Do you know of any in the fort lauderdale area?

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  38. says

    Thank you Julie for another great Blog Talk Tuesday! I’ve been considering taking a break from blogging. At first it was an outlet for me to blog and I loved everything about it, but recently I’ve become discouraged by the lack of views and comments on my posts. Your tips today made me realize that it takes effort to get your blog name heard and read by others…so thank you for your valuable tips and motivation to keep blogging! :)

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  39. says

    Hi Julie. Thanks for the tips. I have been on Twitter for a while now and I love it! I follow a number of bloggers and enjoy reading their tweets (kind of like a little supplement to their blogs!). But I am a little unsure how to get a two-way conversation going with other bloggers. I have tweeted some a handful of times and sometimes get responses, but mostly don’t get any. I sort of feel like they are thinking…who is this person and why are they tweeting me?! What other tips do you have for reaching out in the Twitter world? THANKS!!

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  40. says

    Hi Julie! I was excited this morning when I remembered it was Blog Talk Tuesday and this one really gave me some great ideas and insight. I used to be afraid to reach out to people on twitter but I have loved getting to know “high traffic” bloggers and new bloggers around the community. It is such a different friendship because you get to “choose” friends based on your likes, interests, etc! Looking forward to next week!

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  41. says

    These Blog Talk Tuesday are such a fabulous idea.. I still am struggling to get myself off of wordpress so that I can link up w FoodBuzz- did you know wordpress now won’t let you have ads period, even if you are no longer a .wordpress url? I’m so confused haha but apparently I have to become self-hosted, whatever the heck that entails.

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  42. says

    Oh, Julie, you wise owl of blogging prowess!

    I just had my first REAL LIFE meetup this past weekend with a blogger and the most hilarious part was just jumping into a conversation because we didn’t have to cover that whole “so…. where did you grow up? Do you like…. weather? How about those Tar Heels?”

    Instead, we could skip that (since we already have read about each others lives [in a totally non-creepy way]) and jump right into the good stuff, the stuff that can tie people together more so than a standard blog post.

    And honestly, what I’m most looking forward to at HLS this weekend is seeing bloggers in their natural habitat…. just letting loose, perhaps teaching one another to “dougie”, as I’ve heard the kids call it.

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  43. says

    I love this post so much! I’ve got to admit, I sometimes feel a little intimidated by the ‘big blogs’ (yes, that includes PBFingers! Even though you seem awesome!) and am often too shy to even comment because everyone already seems very ‘connected’.

    I’m meeting some UK based bloggers for the first time at the end of this month. I essentially did what you said about weedling into a mass meet-up on twitter! I’m looking forward to it, but also a little nervous.

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  44. says

    I love these posts so much. I just started blogging in June but I have been reading some blogs since November or so. Many times I feel like I am annoying when I leave comments or tweet other people that don’t actually follow me! I can definitely relate to feeling left out at times but I know that I am a newbie so it will just take time!

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  45. says

    I wanted to share that I went to my First Body Pump class today at a local gym (Thanks to a great living Social deal). The hardest part was figuring out which weights to use for which tracks. It was HARD and I know I will be sore tomorrow. But I wanted to share that the instructor called me out after a couple of songs and said how great I was doing and that everyone should be paying attention to my counting, and that she couldn’t believe it was my first class! I was embarassed but beaming inside!!! Anyway, I never would have even known what Body Pump was if not for you and Carrots N Cake :) Thanks!

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  46. says

    Thank you for the tips! I am really hoping to have a blog meet up, but haven’t met many bloggers from New Jersey- if you know any, please let me know!
    I also keep saying to myself I really need to get to a blogger event like HLS so I’m definitely considering it for next year.

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  47. says

    Julie,

    I love your blog talk Tuesdays – they are so informative, so I hope you keep them up! I’ve been to a few blogger meet ups in my area but I always feel really shy. Maybe just going to more will help me break out of my shell?

    Anyway, if you continue to do this, I have a question: You mentioned in one of your previous posts about giveaways. How did this affect the traffic of your blog? How do you decide what you give away (did you always reach out to companies to get products?). Also, do you cover the shipping and handling (I could imagine for someone who does a lot of giveaways, it can get expensive!).

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    • says

      in my experience giveaways don’t really affect my traffic at all. you may want to read my last blog talk tuesdays post b/c i get into more detail about whether or not i reach out to companies. as for shipping and handling, the companies usually cover this, but i have done it myself on a few occasions.

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  48. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) says

    Thanks for the tips! I am already checking out the healthy living blog site for bloggers in Atlanta!

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  49. says

    There’s so much to talk about on this post! The two that really stick out to me though is the “smother them” and commenting just for traffic. I have to keep telling myself that commenting a ton and writing huge comments does not mean I am creepy stalking other bloggers. (Even though I love their blogs so much!) Also, while I love commenters, I still get so little traffic that I get really disheartened when I get the comments that are clearly just for traffic boosts. I can’t wait until I get home and can finally attend some meetups and conferences. :)

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  50. Heather says

    Julie, I absolutely love your blog, and this blogger series is great. I have been in a new town, and starting a new career for the past two years and honestly struggling but reading about other 20-somethings that have similar hobbies and interests and similar struggles in the blog world has seriously helped me AND I recently got up the nerve to actually start a blog of my own, although I still struggle with why in the world anyone would read it, it really isn’t much now but I hope that it is able to grow along with me. Thanks so much for your tips and for putting your life out here for all of us to be a part of! Looking forward to putting some of your advice in to action!

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  51. says

    Oh my gosh this post wAs so helpful! I also liked your post last week about products and how you don’t typically accept products you wouldn’t actually use. I started thinking about it a lot and that’s really admirable that even though people are willing to send you things for their own promotion you don’t take advantage just for free stuff. I always enjoy your tips and tricks for blogging because I just started recently after reading for years and honestly did not even know where to begin! You and many other seasoned bloggers have definitely helped me and inspired me to make mine better and something I’m proud of. Thank you and I can’t wait yonder you this weekend :-)

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  52. says

    not necessarily a criticism, because i understand you have a LOT of readers and thus a lot of commenters, but i’ve noticed that you don’t really respond to very many of your comments.

    anyway, thanks for the blog tips you’ve been posting. they are very good insights.

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    • says

      i try to respond to comments that ask me a question or really resonnate with me. as an avid blog reader, i don’t really expect responses to most of the comments i leave on other blogs but i really do try to repsond to comments that have a lot to say. i also don’t want to take over the comments section of my posts with my own comments because i think some of the best comments and discussions come from you guys!

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  53. Bonnie says

    I THINK this each time I read your blog but never SAY it – your Sadie-lines on her photos always make me start my day with a smile. Keep ’em coming. I’m not a blogger :) but you’re directed me to a few others I enjoy as well and thank you for that, too.

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  54. says

    Thanks for this great series, Julie! I have been reading your blog (and commenting on it… and emailing you… hahaha) for what seems like a couple of years now, and you were one of my main inspirations for starting my own blog. Although my focus is more on makeup/beauty with food/recipes/health as a subtopic, I have gotten a lot from your blog–both as general inspiration, and from the helpful tips in this series! Thanks again so much!

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  55. says

    This is a great post. :-) I am going to forward this and the other related links on to the wifey, who I am trying to get into blogging. I had her guest post on my site and she really enjoyed it.

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  56. says

    Great topic and lots of good points :) Also, I love the captioned pics of Sadie that go with each question – I practically laugh out loud! Are you bringing her to HLS this weekend? 😉 Haha, I hope to get a chance to talk to you there though!

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  57. says

    Great tips! Thanks for this post…I’m newish to this blogging community and am slowly “getting to know” other bloggers through their posts and slowly through interaction on Twitter and by leaving comments. It’s pretty neat!

    I won a ticket to the HLS and am going as of 2 weeks ago! I’m super excited but nervous; I feel like no one else “knows” me even though I “know” them and am unsure of how to approach people and connect, but that’s what I’m there for, so I know I just have to go for it! I hope to meet you – great work on your blog; I’d be curious to chat about how you do this full-time! So cool. :)

    Thanks again for an informative (and bang-on!) post. Have a great rest of your day!

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  58. says

    I took your advice and joined twitter: bloghelloworld, but I have NO idea what I’m doing!! How did you figure out twitter lingo? It’s like a whole new world?! And do I tweet even though I have 6 followers?

    And also, if you created an entire blog where you only posted pictures of Sadie with funny captions, I would read it ALL the time! Those pictures/captions make my day!

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  59. says

    Thanks so much for this post. It’s really interesting and inspiring for you to tell us your journey or blogging and how you got so big. I think all these topics are so good for new bloggers! The pictures of Sadie and indispensable as well:)

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  60. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    As a new blogger (mine will be a month old tomorrow!), I really do appreciate these posts. I’m sure you can relate, but I feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark most of the time and can’t find the light switch. I’m looking forward to attending blogger conferences and meeting everyone I follow. It’ll be like meeting the blogger worlds’ celebrities!

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  61. Bianca says

    Thank you so much for doing this Blog Talk Tuesdays! Since I’m working on getting the word of my blog out, it’s a great resource. I probably would have never known about Healthy Living Blogs if it hadn’t been for this post. I’m going to email them with my blog location, and hopefully that will get me some more traffic.

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  62. says

    Thank you so much for doing this series! As a relatively new blogger I sometimes feel like a fish out of water. I would really like to learn more about being self-hosted and losing the .wordpress from my name…but I’m scared I won’t know what I’m doing!

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  63. Erica @ Eating on the Run says

    That was a great post. Full if a lot of useful information. Thank you Julie for taking the time to put that together. :)

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  64. says

    Whoa just found you through Sarah’s site and am loving it already! How did I not discover you before? Thanks for the tips. I am fairly new to the blogging world. I started on YouTube with some Pilates videos but now I am finding such a tight knit community here in the HL world. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!!!

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  65. says

    I love reading your “Blog Talk Tuesdays” posts. They are extremely helpful to me as a new blogger. I am really starting to love sharing my thoughts, tips, recipes and things about my family on my blog. I am reading and learning so much everyday, it’s a never-endind world of information out their on the web about blogging. My dream is to one day have the time to blog full time, every day. I started out vlogging about a year ago and moving into the blogging has been so much fun. Thank you for all the inspiration, keep it coming! Have a great day! :)

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  66. says

    again..I love “Blog Talk Tuesdays”.. They seriously couldn’t have come at a better time. I started my blog in June and sometimes it gets frustrating for me because I want to feel connected & part of the community right away, but I have to remember it’s only been a couple of months. I only live 40 minutes from SF so I was thinking about going to the Foodbuzz Festival when I received the invitation, but I don’t think my blog’s old enough to start branching out to festivals.

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  67. says

    I love this series! As a new-ish blogger it is so nice to read tips from someone as established and fabulous as you! I really liked this one too about connecting with other bloggers. I have been contemplating joining the Healthy Living Bloggers network and will hopefully meet more bloggers soon!

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  68. says

    I’m loving this new series! They are so helpful. I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now but only recently started putting a concerted effort into it. I was just telling myself how I needed to better integrate into my community. I look forward to more of these!

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  69. says

    Thanks Julie! I’ve been blogging for nearly two years but have started and stopped a number of times as my work schedule is sometimes a bit crazy. I’m really trying to keep a steady flow of posts going these days and am really trying to connect with more bloggers. I find it very helpful to read what others have found to be successful so thanks for sharing! 😀

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  70. says

    Hey Julie I just wanted to say thank you again for writing these tips, they’re so so useful for a newish blogger like me :-)
    And I also wanted to say that I’ve finally taken the plunge and joined twitter! I’ve been kind of scared of joining for ages but your recommendation pushed me to do it!

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  71. says

    First of all, THANK YOU for doing these posts! I only started my blog a week and a half ago and I will take all the help I can get! I did have couple questions: I already have a personal twitter account, should I make a new one for my blog so that it has the same name? Also, do bloggers know when I link to their pages from my blog? Is there something more that I should do other than including the link in my post?

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  72. says

    Thank you so much for the great blog advice. It has really made me spend some quality time thinking about the potential my blog has as well as my weaknesses and how to address them.

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  73. Darian says

    Thank you so much for this post. I just started reading your blog last week, which I came across while trying to get inspiration for the blog I am starting. This was such a helpful post for me (I read all the others in the series this morning as well). I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts so far. Thanks again!

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  74. says

    I am new to this whole blogging world, so I am loving Blog Talk Tuesdays. This one is my fave so far because I am really glad to know you still enjoy reading your comments – even though you have like 150 on each post! Thats amazing…I get so excited when I see that someone has commented on one of my posts, but I only have like 1 comment every 3 posts or so. Even though I can see that more people than that are visiting my blog, it’s just nice to know that someone out there is actually reading what I’m writing – even if it’s my best friend or a family member :)

    Hope you get to bust out that Vitamix again soon…I would not be happy if I couldn’t make those glorious smoothies.

    P.S. This is my first comment on someone else’s blog…leap of faith here! :)

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  75. says

    Definitely loving these blog talk tuesdays!

    I’ve been blogging for almost a year now and I definitely relate to the whole “I don’t feel involved” as a blogger. I know that I’m still relatively new and I have met a few people in my city and I hope to continue those connections as well.

    And eventually, when the timing and funding is right, I would love to attend the conferences too. I love to network! :-)

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  76. Candice says

    Thanks PBF! Love your blog and just moved to a new state. Going to HealthyLivingBlog now to find some bloggers in my new area! 😉

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  77. says

    First, I’m so thankful that you started this series. I think it was right after I decided to start my own blog (seriously, my 1 month anniversary is this week!), and it has been incredibly helpful! How long after you started blogging did you start to do blogger meet ups? I know a lot of people have already said this, but I DEFINITELY feel intimidated by bloggers that have been doing this longer than me (so pretty much everyone ;)), but I’d love to actually meet people since I’ve been following their blogs for much longer than that. In my mind, I’ve created almost like a “tiered” ranking system for bloggers and I get so excited when someone from “the top” drops by and leaves a comment, but I don’t feel comfortable initiating a meet up with anyone.

    I’m also wondering what you found to be good ways to get conversations going on your posts when you were just starting? I hear from a lot of people that they’re reading my blog but I don’t get too many commenters, and I know I was really shy to comment for a while when I started reading blogs. Any tips for generating conversation?

    Thanks!

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  78. says

    I am going to have to follow this advice. I haven’t set foot into my gym in months (eep!). My number 1 goal tonight is to get my butt back in gear! I will be start slow, and be very happy with a 3 mile run.

    Also… remember way back in the day when you were looking for a pair of nude-colored pumps? I was actually looking for a pair as well and it was so much fun to check out everyones’ links. Could you do something like that for fall boots? I have been searching high and low for a pair of flat brown boots that are cute but just keep coming across the same things as last season. Although you do live in Florida so you won’t be needing them for a while. Jelly!

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  79. says

    OooO great pointers Julie!! and I agree that twitter is pretty veryily cool! (sorry for my eng. :P)

    I used to giggle, or more like, laugh about twitter, and now I really do enjoy it and appreciate what it has to offer! Great way to be in the know, as well as connecting with others.

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  80. says

    Thanks for your tips Julie! I’m trying to launch my blog off the ground and would enjoy all the tips that you offer! I am going to try out that site you linked to meeting local bloggers :)

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  81. Michelle says

    Another great blog talk Tuesday! I always love reading your tips. I definitiely need to get better with the social media part of blogging. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  82. says

    Oh hot damn. This post rings SO true, Julie!!!! And you know what?! It makes me even MORE excited to attend HLS this coming weekend (i know right, like it’s even possible to be more excited??!?). But seriously, bloggers are THE nicest people, ever! And we’re all passionate about the same things (give or take). Can.not.WAIT for Friday!!!!

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  83. says

    SOOO many great tips Julie. For the “comment on other blogs so that yours will get out there more” yeah it does happen but as you said, you can tell the ones that are there for genuine reasons and the ones that are not. It’s also consistency over time that shows this too…often the bloggers that do that get bored with what they are doing and will fall off the face of the blogosphere because there is no emotion attached to it.

    When you connect with a blogger it shows in the comments. There are many things that happen in the blogging world that aren’t genuine, but much is out of our control. Thankfully though I feel there is more genuine-ness than spammy-ness so we can feel good about what we are doing!

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  84. Katy with a Y says

    Hi Julie!!! I just want to say that I LOVE your blog. I’m very new to the blogging community and hope to someday start my own food blog focused on healthy eating. It’s so nice you’re sharing your experiences and tips and it’s very encouraging to people like me starting out.

    Do you have any tips for someone at the VERY beginning of their blog? How did you get started at first?

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  85. says

    I am late getting to this post, but I must say I am loving Blog Talk Tuesdays! It really does help me cultivate new ideas to get my blog out there, and to also meet people in my are with the same interests as me!

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  86. says

    Julie, I look forward to seeing Sadie’s funny pictures and comments in your posts every day. She’s like your mascot. I laugh out loud every time. Thanks for sharing her with us!

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  87. says

    The Healthy Living Bloggers site is fantastic, thanks so much for posting it! Not only have I been able to find bloggers in my area, but I was also able to find people who are blogging about all my different interests rolled into one (insert gluten free and running here!) Thanks again!

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  88. says

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I am going to my first blogger group tonight (so excited!) to try to connect a bit more with other bloggers. It really is a bit intimidating when you’re starting out – everyone seems to know each other already. But I have found linking to other blogs and twitter (as you mentioned) to be helpful in breaking in. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. says

    Hi Julie!

    Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post all of these tips. Not many blogs out there share their secrets to success like you do, and I seriously appreciate it!! Please keep these posts coming to help the rest of us become as successful as you :) If you have any tips on my blog/website if you ever have the time to check it out, please let me know! Really looking for tips from people who know what it’s all about! traveling-trainer.com is my site.

    Thanks so much!!

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  90. says

    Here’s another tip: find Facebook groups for your area. I run a Utah Facebook page with over 800 bloggers and we connect a lot through the group. I plan dinners around conferences that are happening in Salt Lake or smaller get togethers with a niche of bloggers I want to get to know. I also get paid by brands to host events at their business for bloggers. I find that even though I started and am the admin of the group I don’t know that many bloggers IRL. I have to reach out and invite them to events and that’s how I get to know them.

    Thanks for all of your tips!
    Blog on
    Janet

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