Why is it important to show gratitude to your fellow bloggers and social media followers?
Of course, it is an excellent way to increase your blog readership and social media following, and increase sales. But it’s much more than that. Gratitude not only brings you closer to your online connections but brings personal satisfaction too. If you show your thanks regularly, blogging becomes more meaningful and that’s an excellent motivator.
What is Gratitude
The word gratitude doesn’t just mean “thankful” but also “pleasing”. We may aim to please others but it also brings pleasure to ourselves.
Developing an attitude of gratitude will make your whole life better.Awareness of the need to thank fellow bloggers can flow through to all aspects of your life. It will wash away negativity that holds you back, reduce stress levels, and increase your happiness.
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. Zig Ziglar
There are many blog posts which talk of the importance of reaching out to influencers. Of course it’s important but, concentrating too much on this aspect, ignores the majority of your important audience. The “bread and butter” of your blog, who you need to reach. (For more on identifying your audience, please read my guest post on the PAC blog “Who is Sage – Find your Ideal Blog Audience“)
Gratitude isn’t just about paying someone back. It’s not only about retweeting someone’s post because they retweeted yours, commenting on a blog because the author left a comment on yours, or thanking someone who bought something from you.
It’s also about showing appreciation to someone who’s taught you something or entertained you, raising the profile of a new blogger who shows potential, supporting a person who needs it, messaging someone to tell them their blog comments aren’t working…..
Do you remember back to when you first started blogging and found out that a few people had read your posts, or when you received your first comments. We were pleased and thankful.
That feeling often turns into disappointment when our audience doesn’t grow at a great pace. I was like that until I offered help to some fellow bloggers.Not only did my readership grow but I developed long-lasting online friendships. I was grateful and blogging felt good again. I learned more about what my readers wanted and put more effort into my posts. Up went my readership again.
Some Reasons for Showing Gratitude
- Someone regularly visit and comments on your blog or social media channel, or,
- to show you value them.
- helped you with a problem.
- wrote a guest post for you.
- bought something from you.
- take time to chat to you to get to know you.
- blog posts regularly teach you something new.
- reached out to offer support and motivation.
- just for the sake of it because it makes you feel good.
If you are finding it hard to feel grateful because of your circumstances, past experiences, or poor thought patterns, you’ll find these resources helpful:
- 3 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude and Boost Your Happiness by Tiny Buddha
- Why It’s So Hard To Be Compassionate by Marquita Herald
- Count On Mindfulness To Grow Your Business by Lesly Federici
- The free Smiling Minds App
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I can’t end this post without saying thank you to all who’ve read this blog, and those who’ve supported me, over the last 10 years. I really appreciate you.