Zac Johnson invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips.
Chris Brogan tweeted a few of my eBooks.
I received an invite to speak at NYU from my friend Matthew Capala.
I have appeared on:
- Fox News
- The Huffington Post
- Pro Blogger
because of the kindness of my friends.
Your friend network takes you places you could never reach on your own.
As we dissect 1 of the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging today I wanted to dive into how to make buddies with blogging leaders.
Make Friends with Leaders
You can see why you want to make buddies with blogging big dawgs; these shot callers open doors for you.
During a recent trip to New York City I met an angel investor and appeared on a radio show hosted by a former member of the Howard Stern Show.
When you know people, people help expand your reach.
When you befriend people, ya get connected. Connected people rarely lack for anything. Because the love they doled out, helping others and making friends, reflects back to them through their loving friend network.
I just spent 30 minutes responding to folks who retweeted me on Twitter.
I only went back 6 hours.
If I went back a full 24 hours through the volume of folks who retweeted me I’d spend 60 to 90 minutes, easy.
That’s a lot of friends. And that’s a lot of retweets! And a lotta blog traffic through Twitter.
My blogging friends take care of me because I take care of them.
- built bonds with influential bloggers from my niche
- uncovered why I wanted to build those bonds
- spend considerably less energy and time working on my blog because my friend network expands my reach while I’m online and offline.
Here’s how to make friends with blogging leaders:
- promote the heck out of blogging leaders
- help successful bloggers in as many ways as possible
- build your friendship from a place of love, NOT from a place of self-service
- persistently be there for your blogging buddies
I commented on Blogging Tips Dot Com for a minute. Zac checked out my blog. Dug my writing. Extended the offer to write for this esteemed blog.
I hopped all over the opportunity like white on rice. Or like Ryan Biddulph on disgusting looking but darn tasty sweet Thai snacks.
The amount of exposure I’ve received through this fabulous blog has been awesome but the amount of fun I’ve experienced spreading the blogging love by posting here regularly is what makes my heart sing. THAT is what blogging’s about.
Most struggling bloggers want to do everything on their own. Forget making friends. They want to publish a blog post. Promote it to a few networks. Cash in a fortune that would make my future Qatari neighbors green with envy.
Which is why these bloggers struggle.
You can’t succeed on your own.
You will succeed when you surround yourself with a tribe of loving, supportive friends.
The challenge is to go from Blogging Lone Wolf to Tribe Builder.
I made the transition. After nearly starving as a lone wolf.
Blogging is easier when you have the help of loving, loyal friends.
Are you trying to do things on your own?
Or have you built a large, loyal friend network around yourself?
Isn’t it so much easier to succeed by building friendships with successful bloggers?
If you want blogging help I teach this concept and 10 other fundamentals through my audio course: