Why meeting other bloggers will improve your own blog

Nikki Parkinson Life 55 Comments

Blogging is generally a lonely game.

Not lonely in the sense that we’re not hanging out on Facebook or Twitter, connecting and *chatting* with others.

Lonely in the sense that most of us are going it alone in “remote” lounge rooms offices in all corners of the world.

We’re a bunch of independent publishers trying to navigate our way through this new media business.  And generally we’re doing ok.

Yes, we can discuss ideas and ask questions of other bloggers in online communities such as Aussie Bloggers Forum, Digital Parents and Independent Fashion Bloggers but some of the best tips and advice I’ve received is from other bloggers. In person.

I KNOW. In Real Life. Crazy!

I’ve been lucky enough to have now met dozens of bloggers. What continues to blow me away is the passion each and every one of them has for blogging – and their blog in particular.  And that’s how it should be.

They’ve all had wins and losses along the way and each day seems to bring a fresh challenge to the blogging table.

What I’ve learned is that if you take the time to talk with other bloggers, most will be happy to share their advice with you.  Particularly if you do a little sharing yourself.

And that’s just what unfolded over lunch yesterday at a “mini-blogger meet-up” following the Brisbane book signing of Melbourne blogger-turned-author Nicole Avery (aka Planning Queen).

Meeting other bloggers can improve your own blog

Clockwise from top left: Nicole (Planning with Kids), Nikki (Styling You), Stacey (Veggie Mama), Dannielle (Hello Owl), Catherine (Squiggle Mum), Kelly (Be a Fun Mum)

I drove away refreshed and inspired by each of the women present.  Each is confident in her blog’s brand … what they will and won’t write about? How they work with brands (if they do at all)? Each was also keen to bounce ideas off the other, all the while respecting that each blogger has a valid place in the blogasphere.

It reaffirmed that getting together with other bloggers at meet-ups or conferences is a crucial way to improve your blog.

1.  You find out that other people are probably going through the same issues you are.

2.  You can learn from the experience of others.

3.  You can support other bloggers by offering them your experience.

4.  You can build up a network of blogging friends who you can call on for specific help or advice.

Best of all, it’s perfectly acceptable to Instagram, Tweet or Facebook through the whole experience.  In fact it’s mandatory.

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Which brings me to the next big thing on the blogging horizionBlogopolis.

Blogopolis is a one-day series of seven blogging master classes organised by Nuffnang Australia.   And I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking on the panel for two of the master classes:  Improving Blog Content and Editorial vs Advertorial.

The event is being held in Melbourne on July 30 and tickets have been selling fast.  At last count there were only about 30 22 18 16 9 5 left (IT’S SOLD OUT in four days!).  Those 150 attending will be able to network with other bloggers and get some amazing insights into the blogging success of some of Australia’s top bloggers.

Most of us will be arriving Friday and the gorgeous team behind Hello Events has organised pre-Blogopolis Drinks (don’t need to ask me twice!).  For details check here.

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… but I know you want more

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on Sky News Business’ Media Week following my win in the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2011 competition.  It’s taken a while but I now have the footage and it is loaded on to my YouTube channel.  Look out for some cameo blog appearances from other Australian bloggers.

 

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Comments 55

  1. Well done! There is room for everyone – especially if you’re confident of what your brand is and race your own race.

  2. Great post Nikki. I wish you all the success in the world, good on you for always being so generous with your advice and such. Unfortunately blogging can be rife with competition and nasty comments (as I have recently experienced) but you have done so well and I commend you for being so honest about helping other bloggers achieve. And excellent re: sky news interview.

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      Thanks Sarah. I’m sorry you’ve experienced nastiness in the blogging world. It’s sad really. There is room for everyone – especially if you’re confident of what your brand is and race your own race. I left the media world to escape the politics and work for myself. And I live and work by the motto that the more you share, the more comes back to you. I also think that since so many of us work on our own, it makes a hell of a lot of sense to support each other.

  3. Hi,first of all: congratulations! I found the news of you beeing the best australian blogger. Well done!
    I`m an quite nw blogger, but I have already notice that I love input from other bloggers. Just hope they find me inspiring too.

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  4. A very inspiring post as I try to find my place in the world of blogging. I felt privileged to be in the company of such beautiful personalities over lunch. Loved your hat too 🙂

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  5. Hi Nikki

    So glad to have refollowed your blog. I have missed out on the last few weeks for some strange reason.

    Great post today and very true.

    I am privileged to have made some wonderful new friends through my blog. They have helped me through the good and the not so good this last year and bit.

    SSG xxx

  6. So much to love about this post Nikki. Firstly, always a pleasure to see you. And do you know what? After I left the lunch, I had the confidence to write an email that I had been thinking about…with a positive outcome! So, so, so wonderful and inspiring to chat with other bloggers IRL.

    I too love talking to like-minded women who are strong in what they believe for their blog, without competiveness…just sharing and caring. There’s room for everyone; especially if they are prepared to be true to who they are.

    Look forward to seeing you soon!!

    1. Oh, Kelly, that’s fantastic – well done – always lovely seeing you too – and yes, there is SO much room for everyone when you stay true to yourself and your own blog’s directions/guidelines.

  7. Niki, just finished watching your interview, Well done lovey! The interview was very informative for people that dont know much about blogging. You always seem happy to help and offer great advice. keep up the good work your doing great!

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  8. I’m so lucky we live nearby and I’ve been able to meet you. Blogging and social media, even Skype will never replace face to face meetings. It’s so much better meeting and talking face to face.

    Going to watch you on the telly now. I’m very proud of you. I hope all your family and real life friends are as proud as me and understand how momentous your achievement is:)

    Well done Nikki:)

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  9. Nikki, what a great post. I think that it is so great that your offline an online worlds work so well together and that you have made some fabulous friendships through blogging…great photos, great interview on Sky and thanks for encouraging me to spend some time in Blogopolis! Can’t wait! x

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  10. Oh, how lovely to see so many friendly faces at the Brisbane meet up. I keep reading about all these get togethers and am joining you in spirit! One day, it will be in person again. And you are one person I’ve learned so much from. You are the personification of grace, kindness and professionalism. xx

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      Oh, Kristin, that is so beautiful of you to say. We were blessed to be able to meet you in March – it will happen again. I know it. BTW my son is LOVING America. I think he’ll decide he wants to study there when he finishes high school.

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  11. I only visited you for the first time yesterday following a #nnb2011 tweet. I watched your sky news interview earlier and love your attitude. looking forward to meeting you and some of the other girls who are more sure of their brand and focus in Melbourne. 🙂

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        I’m glad you found me, Tammy! Look forward to meeting you too. And being sure of your brand isn’t something that happened overnight for me … and it’s still a work in progress. The great thing about a blog is that it can morph with you as you develop your brand. How you start isn’t necessarily the way you will continue.

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  12. I recently met up with a whole lot of food bloggers and not only have I learnt so much from them (including how to use my camera properly!) but I have made some wonderful friends. The blogging world has opened up so much to me!

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  13. Yesterday was so fun and I totally agree meeting bloggers is so great for helping to inspire you to keep blogging you learn so much from all the different people you meet because everybody has a different view on how things should be.

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  14. Great blog post Nikki!! I’m really looking forward to meeting so many bloggers that inspire me at Blogopolis!
    Love watching the footage too, your a natural!

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      Thanks Kristy – can’t wait to meet you too. Interview was crazy – I couldn’t see who was interviewing me – I just had to look into the camera in the middle of a newspaper newsroom!

  15. Being relatively new to this whole blogging thing I am beside myself with excitement to be going to Blogopolis! And not just for the martini’s with you my love! I already feel embraced by the blogging community and its only been a few months. Can’t wait to put more faces to names.

    I love you Nikki, and thank you so much for the phenomenal amount of help, advice and guidance you have given me over the past few months.

    See you in Melbs!

    St. Murphy

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  16. Great post & interview Nikki. You cam across so well and it is a really exciting time for blogs in Australia and around the world.
    Meeting other bloggers at launches and other meet ups has really helped me with planning my content, technical advice and I love seeing the success of Aussie bloggers.

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  17. Looking forward to hearing you speak and meeting you and many others at Blogopolis. I have only been to one other and I admit it was great to actually meet people in real life who you have been talking to online, & also makes it a little easier to interact once you have actually met.

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      Thanks Martine – I look forward to meeting you too! It easier to talk with other bloggers online after you’ve met them. What I love is meeting them and realizing they’re just as I had imagined through their writing.

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