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?