how to support the bloggers you love.

How to support bloggers-1Almost every time I chat with a fellow blogger or writer, the conversation inevitably turns to business and money (0r rather, the lack of money I should say). Just last week a blogging friend asked me about sidebar ads and affiliate programs, desperate to figure it out. She told me that between hosting expenses and paying someone to help her with some technical issues, it feels like she is paying to blog. And that paying to blog made her “grumpy.”

And I get that. For some people, blogging is synonymous with writing, and I think we all can agree that writing is art. It would be like asking an artist to pay money to hang their artwork in a museum so that people could marvel at it all day long. Doesn’t that seem backwards? Shouldn’t the museum pay the artist, in some form? And shouldn’t the visitors pay the museum, so the museum can support the artists?

The problem with blogging is that the internet is the museum. And we, the people at home on our computers, are the visitors. And there are no fees, ever. It’s like Free Museum Day, every day. We get to hop from blog to blog to blog to the Huffington Post back to blog to blog to blog. Everything is free, all the time. We get to read stories and find inspiration and feel connected to other people and get great ideas. FOR FREE!

Some bloggers have mastered the art of making money off their words, and to them I say, bravo! Some have landed book deals or TV shows or extravagant sponsorship opportunities and to them I say: GET IT GIRLS. More power to ya.

It’s a weird world we live in, when I take a step back and think about blogging in general. We’re all sitting at home on our laptops, pouring our hearts and souls into cyberspace, no doubt by our own desire and own accord, yet we desperately want to be paid for it.

Anyone who blogs knows how much work it is. It takes effort to set aside time to write, to empty yourself, to take pictures, to edit pictures, to resize pictures, to post links to social media, to respond to comments and e-mails and questions. I spend more time on my blog than I do on my photography business and I’ll let you guess which one brings in more money.

And I do all of that because I love this blog. I love it because I work so hard at it and because at the end of the day, I feel like this blog is a little piece of me. It’s my life story, all wrapped up into one tiny website.

Do I wish I could make money off this blog, this thing that occupies so much of my time and effort? Of course I do. Do I feel entitled to make money off this blog, because of the fact that other people are reading it regularly and often gaining something from it? Not really.

Because at the end of the day, it is my choice to blog. 

I can choose whether or not to spend my Wednesday nights at Starbucks writing or sitting at home watching TV. Sometimes I pick TV, and sometimes I pick writing. It’s my choice. Nobody forces me to write here. I don’t feel entitled to earn an income off this website because I have decided to work hard at it. I didn’t make a blog with the intention of making money; I made the blog to have a place to write. Having said that, it would be great if I could turn this work, this art, this blog of mine, into something valuable for my family. But let’s be clear: earning money from this blog is my desire, it is not my expectation.

I think a lot of my blogging friends are in similar boats—they love to write, they love to make art, they work very hard at it, and would love to make a few bucks in the process. So for them, I am sharing some tips for you, the reader.

Here are some ways to support the bloggers you love, both emotionally and financially:

1. Leave a comment. The whole point of blogging (at least how I see it) is to create community. When you leave a comment on a blog post, that is your way of saying, “I’m here! I am a part of this!” It makes the writer feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. You don’t need to leave a comment on every post—just once in a while when something resonates with you. Some of my favorite posts that I have ever written have a string of comments below them that all say some rendition of “Me too! I feel this way, too!” Those comments not only benefit me, they also benefit the other commenters. The less alone we all feel, the less crazy we all are.

2. Send them an e-mail. I have been affirmed in my writing so much from reader e-mails, it’s ridiculous. I save every single one. They go into a special folder called “Don’t Quit Blogging” and when I feel overwhelmed with this blog, or writing, or sharing my life with the internet, I just read a few of those e-mails and get over it. If you’ve been reading a blog for a long time, soaking up words that someone else has graciously dumped into the internet for free, the least you can do is take 5 minutes to e-mail them and say, “Keep going!” This is on my goal list for 2014 to do myself with a few of my favorite bloggers. I owe them at least that much for continuously blessing me with their writing.

3. Share their content. If you’re like me, chances are sometimes you read blogs on your phone. It is stupid hard to leave comments on blogs from your phone. I don’t know why, because it’s 2014, and you’d think the Masters of the Internet would have figured this out by now, but they haven’t. Do you know what’s REALLY easy to do from your phone? Like, share, retweet. As bloggers, we’re in this for the community, and at the end of the day, we want people to see our art. Wouldn’t it be sad if there was a beautiful museum filled with art and nobody ever went to visit it? When you click retweet and share, you are sending people to our museum. WE APPRECIATE THIS.

4. Buy them coffee. This is kind of a stretch, but speaking personally here, I write best in coffee shops. Coffee is expensive. Well, my coffee is expensive because I don’t even like coffee—I like the milk + chocolate + espresso + syrup concoctions that cost 3x more than coffee. It takes $5 and less than two minutes to caffeinate your favorite blogger. Send them an e-gift card, or try the Tweet A Coffee service from Starbucks.

5. Buy stuff they blog about. I don’t say this carelessly; I say it intentionally. If someone blogs about amazing running shoes (not me, I hate running), and you happen to be in the market for new running shoes, buy the shoes they recommend! If someone blogs about Christmas cards, and you know you’re going to order Christmas cards anyways, click on the link in their post and use their promo code! Bloggers receive teeny tiny commissions off those purchases, and for many of us, this is the only compensation we receive from our blogs. Personally, I abide by the 95/5 strategy: the content on this blog is 95% genuine and 5% sellout. And by sellout, I mean I’m blogging about a product that I honestly recommend, but probably wouldn’t blog about if it wasn’t for the minor financial gain. Basically, for every 20 heartfelt posts you see on this blog, you’re also going to see one about hairbrushes or Christmas cards. I try to keep it very, very minimal around here, but the truth is: those posts are the only posts that earn dollars. When you buy something that I recommend, it’s basically putting a dollar in my blog tip jar. Tips = diapers, coffee, college tuition for Everett. MY FAMILY THANKS YOU.

6. Visit their blogs before shopping on Amazon. I recently realized something dumb. All of the bloggers I love have Amazon affiliate accounts, and I shop on Amazon, A LOT. What if, instead of just going to Amazon.com and buying the stuff I want, I FIRST went to my favorite blog, clicked on one of their Amazon links, and THEN ordered my stuff? It would take an extra 5 seconds, and would throw a little bit of money their way. Not sure where to find an Amazon link on your favorite blog? Try searching for “Amazon” in their search box, browsing their old gift guides, or looking for posts where they recommend books. Once you find it, just bookmark the post, that way you can get to it easily every time you shop. ISN’T THIS SO SMART? You’re already shopping on Amazon, and by spending an extra 5 seconds to click on one extra link, you are SUPPORTING YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGER. I am totally doing this from now on.

7. Buy an ad on their blog. Have an etsy shop? A graphic design business? A blog of your own? What better place to spend your marketing dollars than supporting your favorite blogger while ALSO increasing your web traffic? This is what we call a win-win.

8. And last but certainly not least, just show up. Read the posts. Like their blog page on Facebook. If your favorite blogger writes a book someday, buy it. If your favorite blogger asks you to fill out a survey, do it. Be a participant. Engage. Read their e-book, take their e-course. Show yourself once in a while. Chances are, your favorite blogger is showing up for you even when they don’t always feel like it. The best thing you can do is simply return the favor.

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179 Responses to how to support the bloggers you love.

  1. Christine says:

    AMEN SISTER. As someone who is involved on both the blog side and the brand side, I can say that brands like numbers but they also like engaged audiences. Entering contests–even if you know you’re not completely eligible–is huge too because it shows brands that you have engaged followers! Who like what you like–and will likely buy what you recommend!
    Totally agree that I blog because I choose to blog, but hey–it’s nice to get a little bit of cash for all of those hours spent coding and editing and writing, writing, writing. When it comes down to it though–the blog is me, ya know? It’s mine and it’s for me first, even if other people benefit and enjoy and utilize.
    To the second note: EMAILING YOU NOW because I’ve got heaps more to say! xo
    Christine´s last blog post ..Postcard from Luquillo

    • Ashlee says:

      Love you girl. Between this post and your last post on blogging, it’s obvious we could probably talk about this subject for hours on end. Over gelato of course.

  2. San says:

    This is a good post, Ashlee. Don’t we all wish we could make a living from blogging? Ha! 🙂 But the truth is: for most of us, it will always be a hobby (and thank goodness for that, I don’t know what I would do if I was FORCED to write). I wholeheartedly agree though that people can give back in so many other ways. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.
    San´s last blog post ..This was Christmas

  3. Shayna says:

    Hi Ash! I read your blog literally EVERYDAY…even if there isn’t a new post, I still come here and read old ones. It helps me get through my work days! I rarely comment but know that I am always reading and loving every minute of it! Xo

    • Ashlee says:

      Hi Shay! You are so sweet (and funny, STALKER). Just kidding, I love you for reading every day. Thanks for sending Amanda here too, she sent me a very nice message last week. Xo!

  4. Dana says:

    Couldn’t agree more! i also do this for local businesses – retweet, repost, share their content. I always visit your site daily to get my dose of groundness, peace, or inspiration – it’s always enjoyable to read and your pictures are always gorgeous!
    Dana´s last blog post ..What’s on my wish list

  5. Cara Coleman says:

    wonderfully written! What a great encouragement.
    Cara Coleman´s last blog post ..a case of the blah’s

  6. Angie says:

    We’re here to support you! And we love this blog go get it girl thanks for always sharing!!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Great post, Ashlee! These ideas are wonderful. We could all do better to support one another.
    I love that you save your emails to a folder called Don’t Quit Blogging. I’m going to start doing that too! I’d also never heard of the Tweet a Coffee – that would be such a fun surprise.
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..Top 13 Desserts of 2013

  8. Robin says:

    Thank you. I needed to read this and now WE have connected thanks to Sue Hepner, who I follow on FB. She is an awesome avenue for spreading the word. Kudos to you both!

  9. Great post – having a true community spirit is the way forward. Sharing is caring.
    Becki | Backpacker Becki´s last blog post ..Adventure in Southern Israel – The Natural Wonders of Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea

  10. ~Karrilee~ says:

    Love this Ashlee! I am maybe one of the last old school bloggers (still on Blogger – actually) with no affiliates – but the idea does intrigue me. It still feels silly when people ask me what I do and I say (as I have recently learned to own it) “I’m a writer. I write a blog!” But it is only silly because even though that really is what I do – that is not always what they are asking. Afterall, I do not get PAID to do this job. Then again, I’ve been a SAHM for 18 years, so I am used to working for ‘free’! 😉

    Love all the tips!
    ~Karrilee~´s last blog post ..“My Darling Daughter… You’re Beautiful!”

    • Ashlee says:

      No affiliates? You are SO old school 😉 Just kidding. Do your thing, girl! You love to write and you’re sharing that gift with the internet. Nothing but kudos.

  11. Kirsten says:

    This is the best written post I’ve seen on blogging in a long time, Ashlee. Thank you for taking the time to write it, and to share your heart with blog readers and fellow bloggers alike. I hope it changes even just a few reader’s behavior.
    Kirsten´s last blog post ..What the #$*! is a Loony Dook?

  12. As someone who works on the blog side AND the brand side I am totally on board with everything you’ve written about here. As a travel blogger, I blog because I love to write, I love to create. I love editing pictures and speaking to readers and everything that comes with blogging. What I don’t love is pouring my heart into something and getting nothing in return – even just a quick like or share is enough to make me feel like I’m doing something, anything right.

    On the brand side, I work in online marketing and outreach. I work really hard to push for campaigns where we’re working with bloggers who have an engaged community, not just the numbers that look good. And there’s value in that, definitely. A blog’s DA might be super high but if they never respond to comments on the blog or on their Facebook page and are basically using their Twitter feed to ram their latest post down people’s throats? It’s a no from me.

    I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years and I wouldn’t have been doing it for that amount of time if I didn’t truly enjoy it. Sure, sometimes I’m sat at my day job with 3 or 4 coffees lined up on my desk because I was up until ridiculous o’clock writing or fixing something on my site, but for me it’s worth it to have something that documents my travels and my thoughts and I definitely feel like I ‘do my bit’ with other blogs I read – I try to comment or at least share blog posts that resonate with me.

    Thank you so much for posting this, I hope people outside of blogging read this and realise, maybe more than they did before, how much work goes into running a blog and how you don’t automatically get a payment as soon as you hit publish (which is what someone once told me they thought happened – yep, seriously)
    Beverley – Pack Your Passport´s last blog post ..The Colours of Dublin

    • Ashlee says:

      It is weirdly wonderful to have a space on the internet where our lives are so documented. Brett and I talk about this often, if and how technology will affect our legacy when we’re gone. It’s kind of a morbid thought, but we’re the first generation that has grown up sharing our life all over the internet, you know?

  13. what a great post! I’m taking #3 today and sharing it all over the place! xoxo!
    Trina @ Let’s Just Build a House´s last blog post ..House Tour: Master Bath

  14. Becky says:

    Ashlee, thank you for this lovely post. As a blogger, I can second that the outlet for my writing and engagement from my readers is what I crave most. I hope that this post continues to inspire readers around the world to comment, email, and share (my own comment here is proof that it’s working!).

  15. Thank you for this! As a blogger, and lover of all things bloggers this brightened my day!

    Linda @ Hello I Live Here
    Linda Crandall´s last blog post ..DIY Storage Bench

  16. Chris says:

    Great read and I totally agree. I love seeing comments and getting emails – gives me the stoke to keep going 🙂
    Chris´s last blog post ..Airline Reviews – Everyone I’ve Flown With And What I Thought

  17. Christina says:

    While I don’t think there’s anything bad or dirty or wrong about wanting to make money from blogging, gee willikers do I miss the days when the norm was to pursue hobbies purely for enjoyment’s sake. It seems like everyone these days has a side hustle. The world is no longer happy to take pictures or knit or write simply because it’s pleasurable to do those things. Sometimes I feel weird for having absolutely no desire to make money of of my hobbies. Right now, they are things I do just for ME! If there were a sales component to them, I don’t think I’d get the same level of enjoyment because they wouldn’t feel as indulgent. I think it’s natural to want compensation when the public is enjoying the fruits of one’s labor, but I think it’s also fine to do fun things for free—even if a lot of effort is involved in doing them. Sometimes I think women (in general, I’m not referring to you) think that if they are not making money off of their hobbies that they are somehow “devaluing” themselves. I know there’s so much attention paid to that idea these days.

    P.S. I love that you included suggestions on how to encourage and affirm bloggers, as well as how to financially support them 🙂

    • Ashlee says:

      I totally get where you’re coming from, specifically with women being worried about devaluing themselves (I hear that a lot!). In our generation, I think a lot of people are giving up on 8-5 cubicle jobs and pursuing creative careers instead. It seems that young moms especially are jumping on that bandwagon, leaning in and trying to have the best of both worlds: chasing their dreams while raising babies at home. Chasing dreams = turning hobbies into a job. I can only speak for myself, but making money from writing and photography doesn’t make it any less enjoyable for me. In fact, I would argue it makes it MORE enjoyable. 😉

      Having said that, I think it’s fine and wonderful to do fun things for free! But I also think it’s okay to make art for a living. It’s a really, really hard gig for most of us!

  18. Angela says:

    Here’s my comment, because we all love hearing from the people that follow us right? I think you have an awesome blog and I’m here to support you!
    Angela´s last blog post ..A Sneak Peak Into Our New Home

  19. Amanda says:

    I read many blogs but don’t comment as often as I probably should, especially when something strikes a cord with me. ( I try to, but not always). Thanks for the encouragement to be better about it!!

  20. Paulette Hawes says:

    Hey Ash –

    Loved the museum analogy! I have visited blog sites you have recommended and have to say I thoroughly enjoy the art – the writing, pictures, and decorating ideas. Some things I have read made me cry and some have made me laugh. To all the bloggers who read this site – please keep writing and sharing! There are so many of us who wish we had the gift of writing. Thank you for all your time and effort, it is appreciated!!

    Paulette

  21. Kate says:

    This is so good.

    Second paragraph.

  22. Jamie says:

    I loved your post! I am new to blogging but it has brought so many other blogs to my awareness. And I loved sharing little nuggets of information with my friends. Can’t wait to see some of your other posts!
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Anyone else feel under the weather?

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  24. Sarah says:

    This is such outstandingly great advice, thank you so much for writing this! As a blogger, I have often gone back and forth on whether blogging was worth my time. On one hand I LOVE it and find satisfaction in it, but on the other hand maybe I should be focusing my efforts more on my design business which actually makes money. Maybe on some level I did feel entitled to make money from it because I put so much of myself into it, but after reading this post I can see how silly that notion is. I write it because I love it and I want to, period. This is great though. If my readers followed your 8 step program, or any 1 of them really, I’d feel more than satisfied! And #6 is like really, really brilliant. I’m totally doing that next time I shop on amazon (which is just about weekly). Thanks again, I really appreciate this!

  25. Shannon says:

    Yes! And the “not me, I hate running” part? Laughed out loud. Me too!
    Shannon´s last blog post ..the right fit

  26. Sarah says:

    I love your blog but I rarely comment. So this is just me saying hi! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your stories & pictures with the world!

  27. Gay Idle says:

    I love this post!!!! As a fellow blogger, every. single. point. resonates with me!!! And I haven’t even really begun to monetize. Thanks so much for thinking through this and getting it down on ‘paper’. I’m sharing on FB and tweeting. I hope that all of my friends, and readers read this post and take it to heart. Oh…I love just plain back coffee….a coffee card would go a long way with me! 😉

  28. Jess White says:

    Amen. I have struggled with the desire to make a bit off my blog, it would be awesome, but I don’t expect it. This list is absolute perfection. I love comments and shares, they are my hugs, but many people just don’t do them anymore, but I continue blogging, because I love it.
    Jess White´s last blog post ..Why I’m Kissing Social Media Good-Bye

  29. Tiffany says:

    Wonderful post Ashlee, I’m bookmarking it for those times I feel frustrated and want to give up. Great idea with the email folder, I might just steal that idea from you 🙂
    Tiffany´s last blog post ..The Time I got Stranded in a Sand Sea

  30. Kiki says:

    I’m not sure why I haven’t commented lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been stopping by and reading every now and then. I feel like this is the best post to say hello again, especially because I agree with everything you say.

    I’ve yet to step into the world that is paid sponsorships or ads on my sidebar, but I’ve always felt weird doing it, you know? I loved this post because you said exactly how I feel. We blog because we WANT to, because we and because we LOVE to and because we need to. I, too, wish I could make millions from blogging, but when it all comes down to it, I want to blog because I want to, not because I feel obligated to out of contracts or sponsors, or the like. 🙂

    And I also love what you said about commenting. Any and all comments are the best in my book (well, except spammy ones!).

    Great post!!
    Kiki´s last blog post ..A HIKE + EVERYDAY MOMENTS.

    • Ashlee says:

      Hello! Thanks for reading 😉

      “I want to blog because I want to, not because I feel obligated to out of contracts or sponsors, or the like.”

      Same. If this blog ever turns into an obligation for me, I will know it’s time to stop.

  31. Lottie says:

    i love this post and how positive it is.

    i try and comment as much as i can because i know how much those comments mean to me when i receive them. it is like your words actually matter which is like a massive virtual hug 🙂
    Lottie´s last blog post ..HOME: A LITTLE FLAT TOUR

  32. Becky says:

    Yes yes yes yes yes!

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  34. Thank you for this! Couldn’t have said it better and passing it along!
    Laura@RoamFarAndWide´s last blog post ..Another View of the South African Coastline: Overberg Tour

  35. jessie says:

    PREACH! loved this

  36. Elise says:

    So, even if I’m not buying an item you directly linked to one of your posts, if I purchase anything after linking to Amazon, you still get the affiliate credit?!? If so, you’re my go to girl, as I shop on amazon, like, everyday!

  37. Jenn says:

    I love your blog and am always so excited when you publish a new post. Thanks for doing you!

    xoxo
    Jenn

  38. Nadine says:

    I appreciate this. Thanks for writing it.
    Nadine´s last blog post ..the photo I love

  39. Vanessa says:

    Love this post! Not enough people comment. Guess it’s too much effort for them, but I always try to make the effort because I know how much time and thought it takes to write posts in the first place. Also, my son’s name is Everett too! Good choice 🙂

  40. suheiry says:

    What a great post! I definitely make it a point to comment on fellow bloggers. I know for myself, I love comments, and I always respond to them. I also have this hope that I can meet some great people and develop wonderful friendships with the bloggers I meet online. We already have something in common–our love of writing and writing a blog, right?

    P.S. I tweeted this post! @suheiryetc
    suheiry´s last blog post ..Wednesday Wisdom(from Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  41. Kerry says:

    Such great tips – and a few new ones I hadn’t considered. Thanks! I definitely love bloggers. I read many, but sometimes am pressed for time to comment. But I do my best to pop in and comment ever so often. 🙂 Love your site. First-time visitor.
    Kerry´s last blog post ..Who Needs Tory Burch Flats When You Can Have Fruit Chews Every Day?

  42. Rachel G says:

    This is awesome! It is so encouraging when you find your hard work supported by others, and surprisingly impersonal. I definitely support your message of finding ways to encourage bloggers who you truly enjoy!
    Rachel G´s last blog post ..5 Alternatives to Shoveling Snow

  43. Gina says:

    Great post! I’m definitely going to take this advice to heart.
    Gina´s last blog post ..Five on Friday v20

  44. Stacy says:

    I love your blog and find that I can relate so much to your motherhood posts. I found it from a friend sharing your post on your son’s first birthday. That post was so helpful to read at that certain time for me. Having a 1 year old myself,it hit home. Thanks for being so open and honest.

  45. Lisa says:

    What a lovely post! Some great points made.

    All the things you say are so easy to do and as bloggers we should be supporting each other & creating a great community. Alas sometimes that doesn’t happen & there are a few bloggers who see each other as competition & can be quite clicky. However my experience has been to seek out the nice people of ate happy to share experiences and to help. That’s the community I want to be part of!

    I got into blogging because I wanted to write about the things I love to do. It would be great if it could pay it’s way rather than me paying it. But I’ll get there!

  46. Annabel says:

    Beautiful post! I really admire your approach to monetising a blog. I’m definitely going to try to add these ideas to my regular blogging routine. Thanks for the ideas!

  47. Katie R. says:

    Someone referred me to this post, and Ashlee, I love it! So honest and really true. If we really are a community {and we call ourselves that a lot}, that we should support each other like true community!!

  48. Mariah says:

    This is a great list! I love these ideas, especially the amazon one – I buy SO MUCH off of amazon, why not give someone a kickback for it!? Brilliant!
    Mariah´s last blog post ..Nail Power – My Adventure as a Manicurist

  49. Another blogger shared this and it’s a wonderful post! No matter what stage a blogger is at – from doing this for a hobby to making it a full-fledged business, these are all GREAT ways to support them! Love this! 🙂
    Sara @ Mom Endeavors´s last blog post ..$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

  50. new to your blog and will definitely be sticking around. xo

  51. Hi Ashlee,
    visiting from West Coast bloggers, FB page…what a great list…blessings 🙂 Like you, I am always encouraged when someone takes the time to email me…Thank you 🙂
    Dolly@Soulstops´s last blog post ..On why we need grace…

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  53. ah, great stuff Ashlee, even for a non-sista like myself – thankx a lot and KEEP ON!!!
    brett Fish anderson´s last blog post ..if you don’t have anything nice to say, start with ‘I have to be honest…’

  54. mary taitt says:

    I’m an artist, as well as a blogger, and we do have to pay to hang our art in the local gallery. Because I’m not famous, (and a relative beginner, and not that great), I, like everyone else in the community, have to pay $35 to have two pieces considered and an additional fee for each additional picture we want to submit. There’s no guarantee of acceptance, and if you get accepted, there’s no guarantee anyone will buy your art. I’ve heard people complain about the price of artwork–obviously, those people have no idea how much art supplies cost or how long it takes to paint a good picture. All that being said, everything you said about blogging is good, helpful. I had no idea about the Amazon affiliate thing and I have no idea how that works. (I’m not particularly good at blogging, either). But I did enjoy your post. 😀
    mary taitt´s last blog post ..Wish List for 2014

  55. LOVE THIS POST. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, but I’ll definitely be back. I wish every single person in the blogging community – blogger and reader – could see (and read) this.
    Melissa @ Bubby & Bean´s last blog post ..Baby Essley: The First Month

  56. Kevin says:

    You should consider starting a patreon page (www.patreon.com) and encourage your readers to pledge a dollar amount per blog you write 🙂 Just a thought…

    • Ashlee says:

      Cool site! Never heard of it. I don’t think it’s for me, but I’ll be sure to mention this the next time I hear a fellow creator expressing frustration over not making any money. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Bethany says:

    This post brought up a lot of things I hadn’t really thought about before. You are so right about commenting on phones! Irritating! I hadn’t even thought about how that must be contributing to fewer comments on blogs. I also had no idea about Amazon affiliate accounts. Wow. Good to know! This is my first time visiting your blog (another blog I follow shared a link to this post), but I am going to stick around! And comment when a post moves me! 😉
    Bethany´s last blog post ..do this: unplug

  58. Harmony says:

    I discovered your blog today and have spent my morning coffee time going through your posts.

    This is a great, honest post – thank you.
    Harmony´s last blog post ..Playful Post

  59. Ashley says:

    Ashlee, this post was pretty uplifting! I’ve been blogging at various places since 2005, and have been at my current website for a year and a half; yet I feel like I have no followers simply because I have no comments. Like. Ever. Occasionally I’ll be telling a friend about something and she’ll say “Oh yeah, I remember reading that on your blog” and I become dumbfounded because there is absolutely NO indication to me that she had; a simple comment from her would have been wonderful. It’s something that’s so easy to do, but also just as easy to not do, so I get it. But thanks for sending out the reminder that it’s probably been awhile since we all last took the time to comment.

    – Ashley
    Ashley´s last blog post ..LIFE LATELY.

  60. Renae says:

    Love this post! So heartfelt and so so true. I love these ideas. I’ll definitely have to start trying the Amazon one… I also buy on amazon, might as well support someone in the process!

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  62. Aime says:

    Thank you for this post. It is sometimes discouraging when no one seems to “see” what you are putting out into the world but someone is probably seeing it and that is strengthening. =) Blessings.

  63. Lianne says:

    Well this is just fantastic! I found your blog this morning during my “quiet before the storm” moments in bed while my 2 year old daughter was still asleep. I got sucked into your Instagram feed and now I’m drowning in the awesomeness that is your blog! It is going to be my preferred reading for naptime today 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this to the readers and bloggers, alike. As a blogger, I know there is nothing more wonderful than having support in all the ways you mentioned!

    xo-lianne
    lulabelleblog.com

  64. Amanda says:

    SO true about commenting on phones — I read SO many blogs on my phone (mainly in my bubble baths or on the metro) and it’s just way too hard to comment. I like Bloglovin bc I can at least LIKE the posts. That being said I just found your blog and I love it and read it, so HI!!
    Amanda´s last blog post ..52 Lists

  65. Jessica says:

    Love this! I am a big fan of blogs in general and have had many fits and starts with my own blogging because, well, at the end of the day, what’s it all worth? My recent restart has been because I want to write again, and I want to share my words. I know not to expect big returns right away, but I hope over time that it pays off in support from readers and friends, because I think that’s what matters to me: simply to share.

  66. Oh I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for the tips, I didn’t know about the Amazon thing and will def be doing that from now on.

  67. Kate says:

    I had never even considered the whole Amazon thing! That’s brilliant!

  68. Sasha Martin says:

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful post. You are inspiring us all the way in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  70. Sam says:

    Hi there!! This is a lovely post, I am going to be more mindful of these things. I thought I would just let you know that I featured it on my recent Link Love roundup: http://in-aeternum.net/2014/02/19/link-love-19-02-14/
    Sam´s last blog post ..Link Love 19.02.14

  71. Jumana says:

    My twin sister is blogger and we talk about this issue alomost every single day, yes you bloggers deserve appreciation forgot your efforts, keep going because u made our days !

  72. Emily says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. SO helpful and I found myself taking a big deep breath afterwards!

    XO!!!

    emily, from http://www.embergrey.com

  73. Susan says:

    Thanks for this ..it encourages me to get on with it!

  74. Brenda says:

    This is a great piece. I have never left a comment before but you have opened up my eyes to what a blog is really about. Thank you

  75. michele says:

    Great points! Thanks for the tips, I am new to blogging and am overwhelmed with trying to write, research and support other bloggers. I will definitely be doing a few of these from now on!

  76. Francesca says:

    You Rock! I love the honesty 🙂 -xo-
    Francesca´s last blog post ..15 Rules: How to Host an Amazing Dinner Party

  77. Victoria says:

    Wonderful tips! I shared with my readers and will be putting these into practice myself! Thanks for drawing our attention to practical ways that we can support the blogosphere. Reciprocity looks great for writers 🙂

  78. Great article and so true… Blogging sometimes feels like really hard work, but oh so worth it when you get positive reinforcement!

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  80. Alison says:

    I love every single word of this post.
    Yes, yes, and yes.
    That’s what I love about blogging – it’s my space to write, it’s about community and support.
    Thank you.
    Alison´s last blog post ..Through The Lens Thursday #9: Hands

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  83. You said it all so well! Every point is taken to heart and really, they are just so common sense, thoughtful, generous and a reflection of the kind of God people we ought to be! Like HIM. I am just coming up to two years on my blog and really feel ‘community’ is so very important to kindle and is something I greatly desire. See you again!

  84. Shana Norris says:

    Found my way here via the Friday round-up at Love, Life, Surf. Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed this post. I get frustrated with the expenses associated with blogging too, especially when it’s time to pay my annual hosting fees 🙂 My husband is a painter and I often accompany him to the art store when he buys supplies. I look at hosting, domain, design fees as my trip to the art store. Sometimes that makes it hurt a little less 🙂
    Shana Norris´s last blog post ..What I’m Into: February 2014.

  85. I just came over from Studio 404 and I love this post! I’m new to blogging, but not reading blogs and I want to be more active in the blogging community. Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

  86. Denise says:

    What a great introduction to your blog! I LOVE this and will definitely be following some of these! Thank you so much!
    Denise´s last blog post ..Weekly Plan

  87. Bat-el says:

    I love this little guide to support bloggers. As a new blogger I am trying to soak up all I can find on the internet, book, magazines, and by doing research and learning things through other bloggers.

    http://teatimewithb.blogspot.com/
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  88. Kittia says:

    Intentional. That is a word that has come up so much lately and is something I need to work on. I love blogs and bloggers and blogging and all things blog-related. I float from blog to blog, and enjoy the stories, inspiration, and encouragement I see… but I am not intentional with my participation as a blog reader as I could be. Thank you for this!

  89. Steve Varnum says:

    Sharing this one with my co-workers, who think blogging is one-way communication. Hugs to Everett!

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  91. Annie says:

    This post is ridiculously uncanny. Reading it felt like you had jumped into my brain and typed out my exact thoughts and feelings on blogging, compensation, and expectations. THANK YOU for writing it. So great hearing there are others who are on the same page.

  92. Sophie says:

    I think there is a huge sense of entitlement from bloggers lately – they expect to get paid to do something that is, ultimately, a hobby. They seem unsatisfied when it doesn’t bring in money; I hear a lot of people exclaiming, “we work hard! We deserve to get paid for our hard work!”

    I think you suggest great ways of supporting bloggers but I also wish bloggers would, in turn, stop expecting so much for something that should be a labour of love.
    Sophie´s last blog post ..Totally Worth It Beauty Products

  93. Caitlin says:

    Thank you! So beautifully written and such simple ideas, this post is getting bookmarked where I can’t loose it xx

  94. Stephanie says:

    Just came across your blog thanks to yTravel Blog and I love this post! As I’m just getting started with a blog of my own (well seriously anyway, been at it for fun 2 years now) it really resonated with me. I really do blog for ME but all of the points you made really resonated with me. It’s crazy how many bloggers there are out there in the world and personally something as quick as a ‘comment’ or a ‘like’ makes me feel like people are actually reading the stuff I throw out there. Now i’ll have to go sift through some of your others posts 🙂
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..Pitstop in Korea

  95. Audrey says:

    Fantastic post, I’ll be sticking around to read more you x

  96. Stacey says:

    Thank you for posting this!

    I appreciate good blogs, so I’m going to comment, that and I genuinly wanted to say thank you, you’re wonderful! 🙂
    Stacey´s last blog post ..I’ve got my backpack on, where are we going?

  97. Canalis says:

    I heard about your blog thanks to the Gala Darling’s blog. And I find it amazing ! This post shows great ideas to support bloggers, I really liked it ! Thanks ! <3
    Canalis´s last blog post ..Comment faire face aux haters en 3 étapes

  98. joyaoustics says:

    Wow, this is every blogger’s dream you just put into words.
    Thanks for sharing!
    joyaoustics´s last blog post ..Nailed it- glittery dots

  99. Sammi says:

    I’m new to your blog as well, and will be following you now. This is a wonderfully-written and very thoughtful piece, and it’s incredibly relevant. The most rewarding thing about blogging for me has been that sense of supportive community; it’s not something that I really expected to happen (which makes it even better!), but it’s become far more important to me than most other aspects of blogging. I think this also brings up a good point about supporting your fellow bloggers (or artists, as this applies to any creative community, really): there is so much negativity out there — lots of it anonymous and hate-filled — that it’s important that we band together and create a supportive, safe environment of the people with whom we connect. Thank you for writing this!

    xox Sammi
    http://www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com
    Sammi´s last blog post ..Misty Blue

  100. love this post!!! I’m a relatively new blogger which I don’t particularly want to monetize -ever. My blog is about our travels as a family- documenting our moments for the kids when they’re older and for my extended family now. Of course, pushing some entry tickets my way won’t be rejected. I have been approached to try attractions and have been offered sponsorship but I’m saying no so far – wouldn’t that give them a say over what I write?

    Side bar buttons – do many bloggers purchase ads on other blogs?
    Leah – Kid Bucket List´s last blog post ..The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout : A 200 Step Climb

  101. Karen Morley says:

    I love this soooo much. Thank you for writing it and I am DEF SHARING this on on my Facebook Page! 🙂 xxx
    Karen Morley´s last blog post ..I just went ten rounds with Rocky Balboa

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  104. I was searching the topic of affiliate programs when I was lead to this article. I follow a handful of blogs very closely and wanted to support them by placing a link to their website in my own sidebar and couldn’t figure out how. (Actually, I still don’t know how).

    Thanks for covering this topic, taking the time to personally reach out to people who inspire you really is such a nice thing to do!

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  107. Kathleen says:

    This is so well written and I absolutely love the recommendations. I had never considered the Amazon tip, but I’ll be sure to start using it!
    Kathleen´s last blog post ..September in review, 2014

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  110. Cristina says:

    Great post! My blog has only been ‘live’ since April although I had been thinking about it for a long time. It’s been a lot of work-still a work in progress, but a great experience. I explained my reasons for starting the blog in my about page for readers. I don’t have any plans to try making money from it, although there are many other benefits. Getting comments is really uplifting. Most of my readers (the ones I know anyways) aren’t experienced blog participants, so don’t post many comments, but I have received loads of postitive feedback in other ways. The blog has helped me reconnect with some good friends, given me reasons to do and document things I like to do. I tell people it’s like having my own magazine and I can do anything I want with it. That’s how I explained it to my Mamma. The best feedback I’ve received so far is when I ran into my cousin after posting my second post, about Michelangelo’s David. He is a teacher and told me he loved the post and he used it in Renaissance history class. That was cool! Ciao, Cristina
    Cristina´s last blog post ..Un Giorno a Roma

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  112. Tara Porter says:

    I just followed onto this link from Galadarling’s Website. I was looking through her old posts to get a bit of inspiration and to see if there were any blogs out there she’d recommend. One of the links sent me to this post and I’m so glad! I’m just starting out in blogging myself and it really resonates with me when you talk about blogging being an opportunity to write, and writing a form of art. I’ve just saved your website in my ‘good blogs’ tool bar thing. Look forward to reading more 🙂 From taraporka 🙂
    Tara Porter´s last blog post ..Why Studying English Literature is Important

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  114. Karyn Jane says:

    Hi Ashlee! This is a really great post.

    I’m a travel blogger, and the pressure to monetize travel blogs is pretty intense, considering the fact that the more money we earn from blogging the longer we can travel (and therefore, the more material we have to blog about!) Everybody has this romantic idea of being able to travel the world supported only by their writing, but the truth is that it takes a lot of hard work over many years to do that.

    With that in mind, every teeny little thing that people do to help their favourite bloggers earn another dollar is REALLY appreciated. And they are so simple too. For example, buying products they recommend or going to Amazon through their links.

    Thanks again for this post.
    Karyn Jane´s last blog post ..Staying Cool At Kula Eco Park

  115. Love this list! Comments are super appreciated it and so are shares, but if they want to buy me coffee I’ll gladly accept. 😛
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  116. Julie S. says:

    This is so awesome! YES to everything you said. We do this as a hobby and want to be appreciated as such. A great way to show appreciation is to interact with the blog 🙂
    Julie S.´s last blog post ..Chat Between Chapters: Do you own tons of books that you have never read?

  117. AmaIng! Thanks for articulating what a lot of bloggers are feeling. I do this as a hobby. I expect to pay for my hobbies. All of them. Sure, income would be nice, but I’d rather just enjoy the reading and writing.

    Thanks for the Amazon reminder. I’m addicted to my Amazon app, but now I’ll take the time to use another blogger’s Amazon link.
    Leila @ LeilaReads´s last blog post ..The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

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  119. Kristen says:

    Just read this for the first time today (I’m new here!) and LOVED it! Thank you for putting so precisely and eloquently what so many people want to, but fail, to say!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Indian Chicken Biryani

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  123. This is an excellent post with a lot of great advice. This whole blogging community is such a wonderful place! I love writing but I love reading too, there is such a comforting feeling that comes from reading someones thoughts and knowing you are not alone with yours. Thank you for sharing!
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  124. Joy says:

    I’m definitely sharing this! THANK YOU so much for writing what A LOT of us need to say to our friends, family = supporters. 🙂
    Joy´s last blog post ..Clean Up to Blog Better

  125. Sarah says:

    Wonderful post and in some ways I feel you may have just written the “Bloggers Community Credo”. Your advise and information is easy to understand and can be implemented for any blogger no matter how many years of expertise they have. Wonderful post!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Tex Mex Turkey Chili

  126. Kimber says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. 🙂
    Kimber´s last blog post ..Rhinestone Jesus – Book Review and Giveaway

  127. Jennie says:

    Great post! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts over the past several months, and I followed your advice today and bought a few items on Amazon using one of your hyperlinks. Hope you get a little dough as my thank you for sharing your heart with all of us! Best, Jennie
    Jennie´s last blog post ..How Do You Find the Time?

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  130. Caitlin says:

    This post was so so helpful thanks!! I’ve been reading Coffee and Crumbs for a few months now and I think someone from my church Discovery in Davis CA recommended your blog a long time ago but I’m just now checking it out and I am so glad I am :). I’ve always wondered how to give back to my favorite bloggers and not just be a consumer. I will absolutely be putting those tips into practice.

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  132. Hello! I just started following your blog after being a Coffee and Crumbs reader for quite awhile (just submitted my first writing piece to you guys, too!!!). I am so enjoying your writing and it’s making me feel hopeful that maybe I can too venture into the world of published writing so thank you. But the main thing is – your writing makes me laugh and I love to laugh.

    Prita

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