No worries guys.
I was in your boat 12 years ago.
In 2008 I was new to blogging. I did not have one blogging connection. How could I? I did not even know what a blog was. I did not know what blogging meant. Someone told me to buy a domain and hosting to starting blogging. The person may as well have spoken Greek to me. I did not understand any of what the person said; I was new to blogging. But being new to blogging meant I had to learn blogging. Learning blogging meant I had to learn how to be a connected blogger. Then, I had to generously help bloggers in my niche without worrying about what I would get in return. I had to help bloggers freely, release expectations then allow friendships to form organically. THEN, and only then, would I be connected.
Note; I did not get connected through some passive act. I did not ask someone to introduce me to a powerful blogger. Nope; getting connected never works that way because every pro blogger needs to pay their connection dues. I had to help bloggers generously and genuinely for a long time before becoming a connected blogger because building trust and making friends takes a long time. No one can force this process. No one can rush this process. Good things take time and generous service. No one gets around this basic law of life. No one gets around this basic law of blogging. Give freely. Be patient. Get connected. Gain credibility. Become successful.
Stop using the excuse that you are not a connected blogger because NO blogger is a connected blogger as a new blogger. No new blogger has blogging buddies because no new blogger has any skills, credibility, knowledge or connections. Every new blogger starts at zero connections. Every new blogger had to generously create and connect for a long time to become connected in their niche. Being a genuine, generous blogger is the first step to getting connected. Before that though, letting go the excuse that you are not a connected blogger and sitting there powerless and hopeless certainly does not lay the foundation for a thriving blogger buddy network campaign. Let go excuses. Never see yourself in a powerless light. Never see yourself in a hopeless light. Connect yourself to pros.
Be generous. Be genuine. Nobody sits around and becomes a connected blogger. Nobody becomes a connected blogger by being a phony fraud who tries to manipulate people into giving them what they want. Everyone sees through lazy, less than genuine networkers. Help bloggers freely. Comment genuinely on blogs. Promote fellow bloggers through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Promote fellow bloggers on your blog. This is how to become a connected blogger. As you see; this is an active, not passive, blogging process.
See the networking journey through. Becoming a connected blogger takes a while but is well worth the effort you put into being connected. Set a clear intent to enjoy the freeing benefits of becoming connected. Most bloggers do not bother to network because most have no idea how much easier blogging becomes with a large, loyal blogging buddy network of friends promoting you, endorsing you, hiring you and buying your stuff around the clock. Blogging gets much easier if you become a connected blogger. Blogging gets far harder if you try to go blogging lone wolf.
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