This post may seem a little self-serving, but honest... it's not. I already feel sufficiently hugged.
I'm a blog reader too. And as time allows I love to sit and read what thought-provoking words others have to say. Many times I am convicted or encouraged or have my own creative juices stirred due to someone's blogpost. Yet as a blogger myself I know when I am reading those posts just how much work they may have required. How many photos it may have taken to get the image to look just right. How the author may have finished it up at 1am.
So as a blog writer I want to give you some insight into a few ways you can encourage your favorite blogger(s).
I know this may seem a little elementary, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who use the old school method of book marking their favorite blogs and checking for new posts. And there is nothing wrong with that. But many advertisers look at the amount of subscribers a blog has. If a blogger is attempting to use her blog to make income, it will help her if you have a subscription.
If a favorite blogger has many subscription options, you might even consider subscribing to them all, just to help her out. And if she has extra options such as Pinterest or a newsletter, follow her there too. There are a few blogs that I love to read and I have subscribed to everything they offer to be sure I never miss a thing.
It is very encouraging to a blogger to receive comments because it tells him/her that someone besides his mother is reading. This doesn't mean you have to write a short sermon in the comments section. Many times my brain is overloaded and/or the post just blew my socks off and I simply leave a comment that says, "Thank you" or "This really made me think."
Sharing a post with others is the ultimate way to hug a blogger. Share a post or the blog with your friends and it says, "Thank you" in a special way.
4.) Send an Email
Many bloggers can't keep up with emails and continue to write blog posts at the same time, but when you send an email it does get read. And any feedback from you will be encouraging, even if you don't have the time to leave your message in the comments.
Sending an email with post ideas is also very helpful. I have done this for others, especially when they ask. I am more than willing to put in my requests for what I would love to read more of.
5.) Pray for Her
Bloggers who write on a consistent basis are opening themselves to all sorts of criticism. They are putting themselves out there to be insulted and misunderstood. Most of them work without an editor, and any income they make is slow in coming. I know some of these ladies and they have a passion for what they are writing about and that is why they do it. But she needs your prayers for courage and the Lord's help in keeping balance in her life.
Another reason to pray for her is so that she would not misspeak. Her words may reach very far. This can be wonderful or it can be terrible. Pray that her words would be filled with grace and her overall desire would be to lift up the Lord and not herself.
6.) Use Her Button
If you have your own site, consider putting your favorite blogger's link or button in the sidebar.
7.) Buy Her Stuff
Does she have affiliate links in her sidebar, such as Amazon? Consider using it when you will be shopping. Has she written an ebook that doesn't really apply to you? Consider buying it for a friend then.
8.) Help Out
If you have a virtual gift that would help a blogger, offer to do so for a short period of time. Many large bloggers now employ virtual assistants to help them keep up with advertising, new affiliate links or design changes, but most don't and can't afford it even though there is always something that has to be relegated to the back burner for lack of time. When I was writing the More Than Rules eBook, I came to a point of such frustration over the technical details that I questioned whether the Lord really wanted me to write it at all. Just when I was about to quit, a young blog reader I had never met emailed me and asked, "What can I do to help you with the book?" I just know the Lord sent her! Shelby designed the entire More Than Rules website for free and with very little input from me. (Thank you, Shelby!)
These are ways I have hugged a blogger before. These are also ways that I have been given a virtual hug by all of you. Is there anything you would add to this list?