The advice in today’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge may seem a little crazy to some. What do you mean improve someone else’s blog? How is helping someone else have a better blog possible? Or smart?
Obviously you will naturally spend the most time and energy on your own blog – that’s normal. Like a parent who thinks of their own child more often. You expect it. However, there is something to be said for reaching out into your community and helping a neighbor child as well.
“Improving a blog” for a friend doesn’t have to take technical skills or prowess. It can be as simple as sending someone an email of encouragement. In fact, I recently experienced this myself when someone messaged me out of the blue on my birthday, the following message on my Facebook:
“I’m glad you were born and I’m glad that we “met”. Without you it would have taken me a lot longer to get where I am today—sitting in my living room being able to work from home doing what I love. Thank you for leaving a beautiful footprint on my life.
May God bless you abundantly this year!”
Wow! What a bright spot that was in my week. My whole month in fact! To know that my original goal for this blog – empowering others to be more financially flexible, and especially mothers with children, had been met in at least one life….priceless. Totally priceless. And the encouragement I needed to continue one when a series feels too long or you begin to wonder if anyone is listening.
Another way to help someone else succeed with their blog is write a high-quality guest post. To highlight that blog for your readers and write a review post, sending your readers to their site. To leave a very valuable comment on a recent post. To introduce them to someone else (I love passing along PR contacts or writing opportunities where the fit isn’t quite right for me!) who can benefit the other blogger.
Is there another blogger who has been a blessing to you? Have you told them? Have you done something to help promote them and their efforts to thank them? Go ahead and find time to do that today.