Blogger cliques: do they exist?

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Not too long ago I was posed a question about blogger clique’s. Do they exist? Is it important to be a part of a “blogger clique”? I kind of pondered the question for a while now. I must admit, it is an interesting one. The thing is, I have never really been a “clique” kind of a girl. I always had lots of different friends from different groups, and still do. I find I get along with a bunch of different types of people, and prefer to have friendships in different circles and from different backgrounds.

The person who posed the question did so because she was under the impression that as a blogger  it was important to be a part of a “clique” or group. I am not sure a blogger needs this kind of group, but I would say that getting to know other bloggers and reaching out has enriched my life and my blog. I hate the word “clique”, and prefer instead to refer to my blogging friends as either a support group or, simply,  friends. I am a part of a blogging support group, and it has been very awesome. We basically help each other out here and there. Say like someone doesn’t know how to install something on their blog, or someone else has questions about switching to WordPress? These are great questions to pose to my support group.

Blogging friends are people I come across and I reach out to them and establish some sort of a connection. For example, I have met many blogging friends by simply commenting on their blog for a while, or emailing them, or working with them on a blog hop or giveaway.

I have found it important to reach out to people that respond kindly. Some bloggers may not respond, and that is totally OK with me! There are times in my life when I have too much on my plate and have a hard time replying to another blogger. I try and give people the benefit of the doubt. Yet, why would I keep hoping they will respond if they are busy or just want me to buy an ad from them? No, instead I move on to establish new blogging partnerships that are mutually beneficial or look for other bloggers who will be supportive and share creative ideas.

It is also important to seek bloggers that inspire me with their content. I love finding and following bloggers who write beautifully, have amazing photography, or share awesome stories.

Lastly, I only communicate with other bloggers that are kind. If a blogger defames another blogger, no matter how funny or true, I steer clear. I don’t care how many followers that blogger has, I don’t want a part of that. Gossip is poisonous, and it is no excuse to ruin another person’s reputation. Sadly, I have seen too much bullying and drama about people in the blogging community, and I think that is so sad and immature. Rather, I love to befriend bloggers who are humble, kind, and respect other people.

So, I would say it is important to be connected with other bloggers you like, admire, and have good reputations. Not all bloggers are in it for the money. I prefer to give ad space to a blogger that mutually promotes my blog over just making a quick and easy buck off of my ad space. In fact, I have often gone back and forth about even having ad space at all. Be bold and reach out to bloggers. Ask them if they are a part of support groups, ask them a question, or see if they are willing to ad swap. But do we need to be a part of a “clique”? I personally don’t think so, and I really don’t even think they exist.

What do you think? Do you feel like blogging clique’s exist? Have you found some blogging buds who have been supportive and helpful?

 

Comments

  1. Michelle says

    This is an interesting question. I’ve only been blogging since January so still trying to find my way around. Sometimes I tell my daughter that the blogging world feels a bit like high school at times. Maybe that is because I’m still new and some bloggers appear to have these relationships over the internet, which quite frankly I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Everyone that I’ve come in contact with has been kind and their comments have been uplifting. I’ve had only one nasty, but I found out they are nasty to EVERYONE, so I didn’t take it personally. As my daughter replied, “welcome to the blogging world.”

  2. says

    I think they kind of exist….but I wouldn’t call it a clique. Maybe a sort of “blogging friendship?” I think bloggers just naturally connect with others that are similar to them…or those they admire…or feel that they’re genuine. I know in my case, even during the busiest of times there are those blogs I like to check in with and see how things are. I think with time those “blogger friendships” just blossom and maybe a clique of sorts is formed with people of similar interests.

    • Tiffany Cutcliff says

      I totally agree! I think it is easy as an outsider to think you are being left out, but I think people just naturally gravitate towards one another based on common interests, seasons in life, etc. Thanks for your comment April!

  3. says

    I agree with April. I’d call them more of a blogging friendship or group. I think it’s just like life. Like-minded people group together. It’s normal. But to outsiders who are trying to find their blogging group or friends, it can seem cliquish. 🙂

  4. says

    I think it’s really important to have blogging friends but I don’t know about referring it as a “clique”. When I think of a clique I think of a group of people who all stick together and regularly exclude others. I don’t know that I’m in any exclusive groups but I do have a lot of individual bloggers that I’m friends with.

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