This is something I’ve been seeing talked about A LOT on social media at the moment. Some bloggers seem to think that EVERYONE in the community should support one another, others think that supporting other bloggers is not necessary, and many lie somewhere in the middle. I have a lot of my own thoughts on this matter, but first let’s see what other people have to say.
I asked my followers on twitter if they think bloggers should support each other, and why/why not. Here are some of the responses that I received:
First and foremost, I agree with the majority of responses. I have built up some great friendships through blogging, and I have those girls’ backs 100%. But I also support other people within the community. Those just starting out, small bloggers, big bloggers, and everyone in between. I LIKE to support people.
But, sometimes I don’t have the time. So, when I am busy, I tend to stick to supporting my friends first and foremost, as they are people that I have a lot of respect for and I know that I really appreciate their reciprocal support.
I think the main problem with the concept of ‘support’ within the blogging community is that some people take it too far. If you are supporting someone just so that they support you back, you’re doing it wrong. We all like and appreciate feedback, but feedback shouldn’t be the purpose of your blog. You should blog for you, as a hobby/job/anything else, it should be for you.
Consider the current instagram phase. So many of us bloggers (myself included) are complaining about the dreadful algorithm leaving us with a lot less engagement, but I think sometimes this need to succeed and get engagement can take over from what we are actually doing.
I, for example, used to be really stressed about instagram followers and likes. To the point where it would drive me insane. But I’ve given up with that a little, and I really think my photos and content are a lot better for it. And I’ve found that these photos have been doing much better now anyway, even with the dreaded algorithm!
I LIKE to support people. It’s nice, it gives me warm fuzzies inside, and I enjoy it. But I don’t do it for them to support me back. Sure, that’s nice, but it shouldn’t be expected as that can be a lot of pressure on anyone.
Support shouldn’t feel forced. We shouldn’t feel like we HAVE to support people we don’t know. I am big on supporting my friends, especially my blogging friends, and I enjoy doing it. But, at the end of the day, we aren’t all going to like and get along with everyone in this community, because that’s life! And we shouldn’t feel pressured to support people that we don’t like just because the community tells us too.
Buuuuuuuuut, saying that, I am not big on the whole seeing bloggers as our competition. I mean, ultimately, yes, they probably are our competition. But, there is room for everyone in the blogging world, no matter what your follower count, genre, or whether it’s a job, a hobby, or anything in between. There is room for all of us, and seeing each other as competition just isn’t for me.
So, to conclude, I like to support my friends and other people that I get along with in this community. But, I’m not going to feel forced into supporting someone that I don’t like/whose content that I don’t agree with just because the community tells me to. It’s not that I’m being exclusive, it’s more just being realistic because it would be IMPOSSIBLE to support every single person in this community! But, there’s room for us all, and I’m not sure I like the whole ‘competition’ idea as I think we can all be winners in this world 🙌🏻.
Ok, I think that’s just about everything that I have to say! What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know in the comments!