What better time to say thanks to your new and/or loyal followers, than at Christmas? It’s the perfect opportunity to show some love to other bloggers that have followed you and helped you throughout your journey. It’s also the perfect time to say thanks to those people who make up the oh-so-important numbers — your followers.
I know this might sound obvious, but I wanted to share a few tips too. Bear with me … I always get to the point eventually!
Merry Christmas to the Bloggers!
If you’re a blogger, why not say Merry Christmas to other bloggers and share some blogging love, all at the same time? How do you do this? By featuring them, of course! There are plenty of ways in which you can do that.
📝 Write yourself a list of all the bloggers that you think have helped you grow or learn something in 2017. How many do you have? Do you have different categories of blogging-friends? Perhaps you have some that always read and comment on your blogs, while others always share your links on their Twitter page? Separate them into categories. This will help you to get a couple of good social media and blog posts out of it.
Because you can say thanks to them in a special way. For example, let’s imagine that you have five beauty bloggers that have helped you to find new beauty products, or perhaps even new beauty techniques/hacks, to make life easier. Why not write a post about those five beauty bloggers, saying thanks to each of them for the help they’ve given you? They might not even know that they have helped you, so that little mention in your blog will more than likely mean the world to them.
And, at the same time, if they’re featured in your blog post, there’s a very good chance that they are going to share the link on their Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest pages. When they do that, they’re opening up their follower-count to you and your blog, potentially earning you a few extra followers. You’re opening up your follower count for them too. See – we’re sharing the blogging love!
You shouldn’t give to receive, of course, but when it comes to the blogging and social media world, engagement and sharing is everything. Spread a little festive blog-cheer and you might just find that some will come right back at ya!
You could do one long list of your favourite bloggers, or you could separate things out into different blog posts — favourite beauty bloggers (and why), favourite lifestyle bloggers (and why), fashion bloggers, Instagram influencers, makeup artists, whatever you like. The more you break it down, the more you can give thanks to each one individually, perhaps even listing why they’ve helped you so much.
(Also: the more you can spread them out a little, just in case you wanted to get one post/update out of it. But I didn’t say that obviously.)
Just in case you were wondering, I’ve got some serious love for these bloggers right now:
[How to] Give Thanks
Right, I know this sounds bloody obvious, but I’m just sharing a few tips in case you DON’T know.
There are so many ways that you could give thanks to these people, blog posts aside. What about those people who don’t have blogs or the ones you haven’t already mentioned in your posts? You can tag them (bloggers/non-bloggers) on the various social media platforms. I highly recommend you do this. Make sure you add some festive emojis into the mix too, just to make things nice, bright, and eye-catching. If you’re not a fan of emojis, how about a festive image?
On Twitter, you could add a gif. I love these, and there are some really funny ones out there too. If you can’t find one that you want to use, you can make your own. I’ve used a few make-your-own gif sites over the years, especially for my vaping site.
Images work better …
… than just a bunch of text on both Twitter and Facebook, so consider sharing one of your Christmas-themed images. If you can’t find an image that works with your social media update, there are plenty of places to find free stock images. Yes, you’re running the risk that other people are using the same image, but you could look to them for inspiration, at least.
Source: VIKTOR HANACEK / PicJumbo
I found the above image on Picjumbo and I’d recommend checking out the site to find festive-themed images to share. If you’re going to share images that you’ve come across on someone else’s Instagram page (for example), make sure you ask permission and give credit to the original artist. You don’t want the old, “You’ve used my image without my consent,” message. It’s embarrassing. And awkward.
If you fancy designing your own graphics or images to share some Christmas cheer, take a peek at Canva. I use it for pretty much everything image/graphic related that you could think of. It can help you create blog featured images and collages, Pinterest infographics, and more.
There are even templates separated into the various social media platforms that you can use. All you need to do is just replace the various elements with something else, such as your own blog image. There are free and premium versions, as well as phone apps to create on-the-go. I can’t recommend it enough. I have the premium version and I use it for every site I work on or manage, my own and those for my clients’.
Small Business Love
Finally, spare a thought for those small businesses that you love too. It’s Christmas, people want to spend money on gifts for their loved ones. Shout out the ones that you’ve purchased from recently, and maybe even shout about why you love them so much too. Support local small businesses, give thanks to them for being … well, them. For existing. Because you can. Because it’s Christmas and you’re feeling particularly festive. And, because it’s the season of good cheer and giving thanks.
I hope this post has helped you today. Let me know if you’ve decided to use these tips. Better yet, tag me in the post you share on Twitter or Instagram. I can’t wait to hear all about your favourite bloggers, followers, and small businesses.