Recently, I’d found that I wasn’t visiting as many blogs as I used to. I have a solid group of blogger friends who come by my blog and I visit them back regularly, but I was rarely visiting any other blogs, and I started to feel like my blogging world was getting a bit myopic. Especially since, over time, some of my blogger friends have (sob!) stopped blogging.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining about the folks who hang out with me all the time (I love you all!), but it’s a great big book blogosphere out there, and every once in a while I notice what a tiny sliver I’m interacting with.
So I’ve decided to make an effort to expand my bookish world a little. Here are a few steps I’m taking (each of these on an occasional basis):
- Visit posts that my friends have linked to. This one is pretty much a no-brainer, and I was doing it anyway—I’m just being a bit more intentional about it now. My blogger friends often link up to other bloggers’ posts that they’ve loved. Lots of them pique my interest. The result is obvious: I visit!
- Visit blogs my friends tag. Okay, confession: I’m terrible at following through on tags. I’m getting better (Renee, I have a draft of your tag waiting for me!), but I’m … not great. BUT checking out the people my blogger friends have tagged is a great way to find new blogs. If they’ve tagged them, they probably really like those bloggers, so maybe I will too!
- Visit bloggers who comment on my friends’ posts. If I like Shannon’s posts (for example), and they like Shannon’s posts, there’s a good chance I’d like their posts too, right? Well, there’s only one way to find out!
- Visit bloggers who I follow on Twitter/Instagram. This is something I haven’t done much of yet, but I plan to. I follow some people on social media who I don’t really know well from their blog. Why? Who knows? I usually follow back if a fellow blogger follows me, so that’s one probable reason. Or maybe I followed them for a giveaway or something. Either way, these are other bloggers that I have a connection to, but I don’t really know their blog content. Might as well check them out, right?
- Visit bloggers I don’t know in link-ups. Most of you know that I read every discussion post that’s linked up to the Discussion Challenge and I really try to also get to every monthly wrap-up linked up in the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. But I often also try to visit random posts linked up to a meme like Top Ten Tuesday or the Sunday Post. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers.
- Visit random bloggers on Bloglovin’/Feedly/Wordpress. I’ll confess that I used to be better about checking my feeds on all these platforms, but when I get busy, I start to forget (or just don’t manage it). I follow a lot of blogs that I don’t visit regularly, so checking out those feeds helps me find posts I otherwise would have missed.
One key point: No pressure.
I find that the best way to actually enjoy more blog-hopping is putting absolutely no pressure on myself. This means I don’t stress over visiting a certain number of blogs. I also don’t comment on every blog I visit or even read a post at every blog I visit. If I head to a blog that doesn’t have content that immediately interests me, I leave. Simple as that. After all, they never knew I was there, so nobody’s feelings are getting hurt.
I also go in with low expectations about reciprocation. Not every new blog I visit is going to turn into a new blogger friend. I might post a comment or two and never see that blogger again (unless I happen across them another time I’m randomly hopping). I have to be just fine with that, or it will turn into a frustration rather than a fun experience.
I try not to go at it with a goal of “gaining followers” or anything else related to stats; it’s just nice to visit new blogs and maybe make some new friends along the way!
And I only do this when I have time. There will be times (maybe even months) where I’m just too busy to do anything more than reply and comment back. I know this, and I can’t let myself get too worked up about it. Sometimes reality sets in, and blog-hopping has to take a backseat to other things. That’s okay.
How do you find new blogs to visit? Do you often visit new blogs or do you have a set of tried and true bloggers that you interact with most of the time? I want to know!
This post has been linked up to the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.