Bloggers need other bloggers. The blogging community wouldn't be nearly as successful as it is if it weren't for bloggers supporting other bloggers. Collaborations are hugely important in the blogging community for many reasons, and I'm sharing 6 of those with you today.
If it wasn't for collaborating with other bloggers, I wouldn't be where I'm at today as a blogger and even, as a person. From hosting giveaways, to guest posts, to being an admin at Blog Passion Project, I wouldn't have expanded my horizons like this if it wasn't for connecting and collaborating with other bloggers.
6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER BLOGGERS:
1. You Gain Exposure //
When you team up with other bloggers, you're allowing your blog to be exposed to a new audience, which is great for potentially growing yours. From joining together for giveaways to swapping guest posts, your content and mission is being echoed to a brand new group of people. Even if you're working with bloggers in another niche, you still have a huge chance of drawing in new readers from their main audience. Working with bloggers in other niches will also help your blog become more recognizable and familiar in the blogging world as a whole. The awesome part about gaining exposure is that it works both ways. While you're growing your reach, so is the blogger you're collaborating with. This is always a win, win!
2. You Can Teach And Gain Knowledge //
In each collaboration I'm a part of, I always leave it in the end having learned something new or came to a realization I never thought of before. Collaborations are a great way to gain new knowledge on topics you're passionate about. You could learn something new about how to communicate with your readers or you could learn something new about the ever-changing algorithms on social media platforms. Either way, I can guarantee you'll be taking something away from your collaboration experience. One of the neatest things is that teaming up also provides the opportunity for you to teach someone something new. Bloggers need other bloggers.
3. You Gain Inspiration //
Most of the collaborations that I have ever been involved in, I have left feeling motivated and inspired. Working with other bloggers helps you open your mind and your heart to new things and ideas. These new ideas need to be jot down in your journal or on your editorial calendar for the times when you just feel completely uninspired.
4. You Challenge Yourself //
Let's be real, blog friends. There are some days where you have hit publish on a post that was only 80% of the way to where you wanted it, right? It happens. Life happens! And that's okay. But, collaborating with other bloggers helps you push aside those days even if it is one of "those days". Why? Because you want to put your best foot forward!
5. It's Fun //
While blogging is a ton of fun already, it is also hard work. Sometimes hard work can become monotonous, even when you love it. Knowing that you have a huge giveaway or a new collaboration that you're trying for the first time coming up will help push through and have fun. It gives you a break from the blogging slumps each of us can get in from time to time. Everyone needs some fun in their life, right?
6. You Grow Friendships //
I have been a part of countless collaborations throughout my last (almost) two years of blogging, and they have left me with great community and friendships. There's just something special when others who share the same passion can come together and work together for the good of everyone involved. The friendships I have made through blogging are some of my closest and most special friends that I have. Most of these friends I met because of collaborations. I encourage you to get out there - to connect and collaborate. It's so worth it.
What is your favorite part of collaborating with other bloggers? What is something you've learned from collaborating? If you haven't collaborated yet, what are you looking forward to?