For the past few days, I have spent an alarming amount of time on Twitter. I could have been doing other things like getting ready for school or cleaning my room. I could have been doing something “productive”. But, while I could have been doing all those things, I still consider the time I spent on Twitter well spent. Why? Well, because while on Twitter, I managed making a few blogging friends. This is no easy feat. A weeks ago, I felt lonely and very much like a loner in the great big blogosphere. A few months ago I had been so desperate for blogging friends that actually posted a “Wanted: Friends” post. It has since been taken down (it’s a bit embarrassing), but I will consider reposting it if I get enough comments asking me to. But that’s besides the point. The point is that until I started to invest time on Twitter, I didn’t have a single blogging friend.
Friends are awesome and they can really be a big help. Have a question? Shoot them an email or just tweet it. SOMEONE will answer. It is soooo helpful. Before, when I was just a lone, little fish in a humongous pond, I would tweet a question and no one would answer… But now I have people that I can count on to help me out. They also are great at helping cheer you up when you have an off day.
Now why has it taken me this long to actually make friends? Believe it or not, I have quite a few friends at school, most of them having shared a class or activity with me at some point. The thing is, I lacked those type of opportunities in the blogosphere because there are so many bloggers out there (and I also tend to be a little shy, yes, even online). What a pity since having friends can definitely make one’s life easier.
So for those that need more friends, I have decided to give you some tips. (Just so you know, I do not guarantee they work…after all, in no way should I be considered an expert on this subject).
- Find people like you (ex. teen bloggers if you are a teen blogger) or people that have similar interests
- Follow them on Twitter
- Stalk your Twitter feed
- Find someone who needs help
- Help them out (reply to their question or whatever)
- If #4 and #5 are too hard, promote a blog post you really liked while mentioning the author on Twitter
- Post meaningful comments on a blog you like often
- Send a blogger whose blog you like an email saying hi (and how much you like their blog).
- Follow, follow, follow