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Getting Involved in the Blogger Community

How to Get Involved in the Blogger CommunityNatasha, Hannah, Desire’, Lucille, (me), Lauren, & Brittany when I originally met them at the Willow Boulder anniversary party last year.  Now we’re going to each other’s weddings!

When I first started Semi-Sweet Tooth 16 months ago, I had no idea about what the blogger community would mean to me.  To start off with, the huge scale and depth of the blog world was virtually unknown to me, and was definitely misunderstood.  I followed my core group of fitness and health bloggers, but now am inspired everyday by a massive group of fitness/health bloggers, photography bloggers, fashion bloggers, food bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers, among many others.  And this doesn’t even dip a toe into the Instagram game where I’ve made most of my friends that I not hang out with on a regular basis in Denver.

FullSizeRender1 Brunch with Desire’, Rebecca, Brittany, & Natasha after we took pictures for each other (I used mine for my eShakti post)

But every time I mention that I’m hanging out with my blogger friends I see comments such as, “I wish I had a group of blogger friends.  A group that just gets it.”  This blogging thing becomes a HUGE part of our lives if we have a goal to grow it and make it into something.  If we don’t have a supportive group surrounding us to encourage us to keep going and continue writing, it will start to just feel like a time suck.  And we shouldn’t spend time doing things we don’t enjoy.

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Rebecca, Brittany, & Lo for our Christmas get together

If your goal with your blog is to simply host it as a hobby, then keep up the good work.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and, in fact, I think that it can be an incredibly positive place to spend your time.  But if you decide to keep writing and make this a consistent part of your life, then I highly encourage you to get a group of bloggers to surround you.

12 15 15_3 Making the same craft as Rebecca at my Gild Collective party


In case you are looking to form a group of blog friends, then below are the three steps that worked for me.   They may not work for everyone, but they will at least get you on the path.

On Instagram, check out who is using #(city)Bloggers

  • Whenever I check out #DenverBloggers, I can fairly quickly see consistencies of who is posting regularly and where the new people are coming around.
  • Be brave and send out a few Direct Messages on Instagram to those you see posting regularly.  Some girls may not reply, especially larger accounts with several followers, but somebody will reply!

If you’re on WordPress, do the same search, using their contact page to reach out

  • Check the amount of  comments on their usual comments to pace interaction on their blog.  We’re looking for someone that has similar interaction on their blog as you do.
  • Be willing to send two emails to bloggers, the second one being a quick reminder such as, “hey, I know we get a lot of emails, so I just wanted to re-send in case it got lost in the shuffle.”  If they don’t reply after two emails, I’d recommend moving on.

Follow nearby boutiques and attend any launch parties or trunk shows

  • Even if you have to attend solo, search for somebody who works there and ask for the “owner or someone in charge of PR.”  Let them know you’re a blogger and want to know about the store, but would love to meet any other bloggers that pop by.
  • Get card from anyone you meet and follow up quickly.  I still have to work on this,  but plan a few events where you all can take pictures of each other for the blog or can all get discounts if they post about it.

IMG_4084Watching the Super Bowl with Desire’ (& Ray and her husband)

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How have you met or worked with other bloggers?

What questions or top tips do you have to share with other bloggers?

Create a great life!

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  • Reply Bridget

    These are great tips. I would love to get more involved with other bloggers in my community. Thanks for the advice!
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    February 9, 2016 at 11:54 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Of course! Hope some of the tips work out. 🙂

      February 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply The Heart of a Gypsy

    Great tips! I absolutely want to be more involved with my blogging and instagram!

    February 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally support that. It’s a blast to have others around that “get” it.

      February 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Amber

    Thanks for the tips! I do find it difficult to get out there and interact with the community as blogging is such a solitary past time. But it’s one of my goals this year to interact more with the Denver Blogging community! I would be interested if you have any tips on local events happening.

    Thank you – Amber

    February 10, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely! The fashion blogger scene is probably the most collaborative at this point (from what I know.). I’d follow Goldyn, Willow Boutique, and Denver Style Magazine on Instagram, because they’ll have some events coming up in the near future and will publicize them there. Even if you attend by yourself (I do frequently), ask to talk to the PR person and let them know you have a blog. They’ll definitely keep you in the loop. 🙂

      February 10, 2016 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Annie Bloj

    This is great information! Thanks for sharing. I just moved here from New York City after working in fashion for 14 years and am totally new to the blogging world! Such good advice to go to store events even alone- I was going to go to the Willow event but I forgot! Gotta make it a priority to get out!!! Love your weekly workouts- with this weather I want to get outside even more! Hope to see you around town.

    Thanks, Annie

    February 10, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Nice! Definitely make it to whatever you can, especially early on. But don’t feel obligated to attend everything! There’s a million events once you get into it, but they’ll be a ton of fun. 🙂

      February 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny G.

    Really appreciated this post. Emailing you!

    February 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Nice! I’ll check it out. Thanks for popping by. 🙂

      February 11, 2016 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Great tips! We will definitely try them out. Thanks for our convo on the plane to Chicago months back. I’d lovemtomgrab coffee in Denver

    February 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely, it was so great to meet you! Coffee/tea date for sure… Mid-March or mid-April works best for me if you’re available. 🙂

      February 22, 2016 at 7:15 am
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